Fairborn, Ohio

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Fairborn, Ohio
Aerial view of Fairborn
Aerial view of Fairborn
Flag of Fairborn, Ohio
"A City in Motion"
Location of Fairborn, Ohio
Location of Fairborn, Ohio
Location of Fairborn in Greene County
Location of Fairborn in Greene County
Coordinates: 39°48′28″N 84°1′19″W / 39.80778°N 84.02194°W / 39.80778; -84.02194
CountryUnited States
 • MayorPaul Keller
 • Total14.58 sq mi (37.77 km2)
 • Land14.57 sq mi (37.74 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation837 ft (255 m)
 • Total32,770
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,325.05/sq mi (897.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
Area code(s)937, 326
FIPS code39-25914[6]
GNIS feature ID1077584[3]

Fairborn is a city in Greene County, Ohio, United States. The population was 32,770 at the 2010 census.[7] Fairborn is a suburb of Dayton, and part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is the only city in the world named Fairborn,[1] a portmanteau created from the names Fairfield and Osborn. After the Great Dayton Flood of 1913, the region and state created a conservation district here and, in the 1920s, began building Huffman Dam to control the Mad River. Residents of Osborn were moved with their houses to an area alongside Fairfield. In 1950, the two villages merged into the new city of Fairborn.

The city is home to Wright State University, which serves nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The city also hosts the disaster training facility known informally as Calamityville.


Fairborn was formed from the union in 1950 of the two villages of Fairfield and Osborn. Fairfield was founded by European Americans in 1816[8] and Osborn in 1850.[9]

The area of the village of Fairfield was settled by European Americans before Ohio was admitted as a state. The first log cabin was built in 1799 by George Greiner. Pioneers migrating northward and westward from Kentucky and Virginia considered this area near the Mad River desirable for settlement. They were encroaching on territory of the native Shawnee, who sometimes raided the village. Settlers retaliated. No massacres were recorded but both sides engaged in taking prisoners.[10]

Two local accounts relate to the origin of the name "Fairfield". A local Native American chief, possibly a Shawnee, made peace and exchanged prisoners with leaders of the settlement. He said to William Cozad that, when he looked out from Reed's Hill over the town,

Yonder lies a fair field. I see thousands of white men moving about in that beautiful fair field.[10]

The other possible source for the name is after a Fairfield in England.

Nearby Osborn was named after the superintendent of the railroad named E.F. Osborn. The settlement allowed the railroad to be built through it after the nearby town of Fairfield had refused such construction. Many of the original houses of old Osborn can be found in Fairborn's Historic Osborn District, where they were moved during the early 1920s.

From 1950–1970, the city grew to six times its former population, surpassing Xenia (the county seat) as the most populous city in the county, due largely to development and expansion of the nearby US Air Force Base. Southwestern Portland Cement, another major employer in the region, operated the largest factory in the city during this period, mining the locally exposed Brassfield Formation.

Until the mid-1960s, the city of Fairborn prohibited African Americans from living there and declared it was a sundown town. Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are credited with working with the city residents to end such policies, especially as the United States military was integrated beginning in 1948.[11]

The development of Interstate 675 began in the 1960s to serve as an eastern bypass of Dayton. In the early 1970s, construction began on the northernmost part of I-675, just east of Fairborn. The first segment terminated at N. Fairfield Road (exit 17). No further construction was done for over a decade. This section was jokingly referred to by some as "Fairborn's private Interstate". Dayton Mayor James H. McGee opposed the highway, contending (accurately) that it would draw economic development out of the city into the suburbs, a pattern that took place in many other cities. I-675 was eventually completed by 1987.

Fairborn's growth slowed in the 1970s. It has resumed at a moderate pace since the late 1980s. It has since been surpassed by neighboring Beavercreek in population.

In 2007, many residents of Fairborn continue to work at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the home of the Air Force Materiel Command. It has been described as the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex base in the Air Force.[12]

Many also work at or attend Wright State University, a university that became independent in 1967. From a small cluster of buildings, it has grown into a major campus with almost 20,000 students. Though Wright State has a Dayton address, it is legally within Fairborn jurisdiction. Wright State University has its own Police officers, who are fully sworn through the State of Ohio.

Fairborn is the home of the largest elementary school in Ohio, Fairborn Primary School.[13] Its students included children of military assigned to the Air Force base.

Fairborn hosts an annual Sweet Corn Festival every August and the USAF marathon every September. It also has an annual 4th of July Parade. The Fairborn Wee Hawks Pee Wee Football teams are based here.[14]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.17 square miles (34.11 km2), of which, 13.16 square miles (34.08 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[15]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2021 (est.)34,6200.3%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 32,770 people, 14,306 households, and 7,995 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,458.4 inhabitants per square mile (949.2/km2). There were 15,893 housing units at an average density of 1,207.7 per square mile (466.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.8% White, 7.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 14,306 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 32.4 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 16.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 32,052 people, 13,615 households, and 8,019 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,453.4 people per square mile (947.6/km2). There were 14,419 housing units at an average density of 1,103.7 per square mile (426.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.28% White, 6.27% African American, 0.40% Native American, 3.32% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 13,615 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out, with 21.0% under the age of 18, 18.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,889, and the median income for a family was $44,608. Males had a median income of $34,853 versus $25,353 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,662. About 8.9% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


  • Fairborn Primary School (formerly 5 Points Elementary School), grades pre-K-2
  • Fairborn Intermediate School (formerly Palmer-South), grades 3–5
  • Fairborn Baker Middle School (formerly Fairborn Baker High School), grades 6–8
  • Fairborn High School (formerly Park Hills High School), grades 9–12
  • Wright State University, a public university with over 19,000 students

Fairborn is served by a branch of the Greene County Public Library.[19]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cleo Wilson Hodgkins, Charles R. Linderman editor (1976). "History of Fairborn, Ohio". A Tale of Two Towns. City of Fairborn, Ohio. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-05-20. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2010-03-20.
  8. ^ Broadstone, Michael A. (1918). History of Greene County, Ohio: Its People, Industries and Institutions, Volume 1. B.F. Bowen. p. 291.
  9. ^ Dills, R. S. (1881). History of Greene County: Together with Historic Notes on the Northwest, and the State of Ohio. Odell & Mayer. p. 718.
  10. ^ a b Poole (1957), p. 1
  11. ^ Walker, Doug (August 25, 1968). "Integration Moving on Peaceful Feet". Dayton Daily News. Dayton, Ohio. p. 4-C – via Newspapers.com. A dandy example is Fairborn, up until recent years a 'Sundown Town' where community forces worked in concert to keep Negroes out. ... He explained that two years ago real estate operators may have actually [been] afraid of some type of censure from their fellows and the community if they sold to negroes. Now the situation is reversed. The same formidable pressures would be brought to bear if they declined to sell to Negroes. ... He cites a shift of attitude on the part of the military at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, which has terrific influence on the economic and social life of the community, as partly responsible for the new atmosphere.
  12. ^ 88 ABW/PA, Public Affairs Office (2006). "About WPAFB". United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2006-10-01.
  13. ^ "Fairborn Primary School previously known as Five Points Elementary". 2008-11-23. Archived from the original on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  14. ^ [1], Fairborn Youth Sports
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  16. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Ohio" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. 1960. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  17. ^ "Ohio: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Fairborn city, Ohio". census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2018-12-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Gregory Johnson Biography". www.jsc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  21. ^ "Michael Saylor Biography". MicroStrategy's CEO Sped to the Brink. Retrieved 2007-07-06.

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