Fairfield, Texas

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Fairfield, Texas
Downtown Fairfield
Downtown Fairfield
Location of Fairfield, Texas
Location of Fairfield, Texas
Freestone County Fairfield.svg
Coordinates: 31°43′19″N 96°9′29″W / 31.72194°N 96.15806°W / 31.72194; -96.15806Coordinates: 31°43′19″N 96°9′29″W / 31.72194°N 96.15806°W / 31.72194; -96.15806
CountryUnited States
 • Total5.46 sq mi (14.15 km2)
 • Land5.46 sq mi (14.14 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
463 ft (141 m)
 • Total2,850
 • Density529.77/sq mi (204.56/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903/430
FIPS code48-25104[2]
GNIS feature ID1357165[3]

Fairfield is a city in Freestone County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,850 at the 2020 census,[4] down from 3,094 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Freestone County[5] and was founded as such in 1851.[6]


The Fridolin (Fred) Fischer Home
Old Freestone County Jail -- Fairfield, Texas
This cannon was taken at the Civil War battle of Val Verde. It is on the Freestone County Courthouse grounds.
Butler Church Bell. From a sunken riverboat, to Butler Church then to become a historical bell.

Fairfield is located in the center of Freestone County at 31°43′19″N 96°9′29″W / 31.72194°N 96.15806°W / 31.72194; -96.15806 (31.721940, –96.158011).[7] Interstate 45 passes through the west side of the city, leading north 88 miles (142 km) to Dallas and south 152 miles (245 km) to Houston. Access is from Exits 197 and 198. U.S. Route 84 runs directly through the city, leading east 35 miles (56 km) to Palestine and west 63 miles (101 km) to Waco. Texas State Highway 75 (Fairway) crosses US 84 at the west end of downtown, and leads northwest 14 miles (23 km) to Streetman and south 9 miles (14 km) to Dew.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.07%, is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Fairfield racial composition as of 2020[9]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,733 60.81%
Black or African American (NH) 592 20.77%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 6 0.21%
Asian (NH) 26 0.91%
Some Other Race (NH) 9 0.32%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 90 3.16%
Hispanic or Latino 394 13.82%
Total 2,850

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,850 people, 932 households, and 658 families residing in the city.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,094 people, 1,235 households, and 791 families living in the city. The population density was 685.6 people per square mile (264.9/km2). There were 1,431 housing units at an average density of 317.1 per square mile (122.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.46% White, 21.43% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 4.65% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.50% of the population.

There were 1,235 households, out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males. When sheep are considered, the ratio drops to 60.4 males, much to the enjoyment of the local populace.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,636, and the median income for a family was $40,871. Males had a median income of $29,643 versus $15,887 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,308. About 14.1% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 22.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


The city is served by the Fairfield Independent School District. Navarro College offers year-round classes at their Navarro College Career & Technical Center at Fairfield campus for undergraduate and graduate students.[12]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fairfield has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[13]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Fairfield city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 6, 2016.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1893. p. 420. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  10. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  12. ^ Navarro College Career & Technical Center at Fairfield[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Fairfield, Texas
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[10][11]

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