Fairfield West, New South Wales
|Population||10,759 (2011 census)|
|Location||33 km (21 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Fairfield|
|State electorate(s)||Fairfield, Prospect|
Fairfield West is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Fairfield West is located 33 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Fairfield. Fairfield West is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
When British settlers first arrived in Sydney, the area that is now known as Fairfield West was inhabited by the Cabrogal tribe. A railway station was built at neighbouring Fairfield in 1856 leading to substantial population growth around the station which eventually to Fairfield West being subdivided in the 1870s. At the time it was mostly small farms but a Progress Association was established leading to a post office, school and a sportsground being built in the community. Timber cutting became a significant local industry and the sawmills brought other businesses into the new town, which was well established by the end of the 1800s. Fairfield West Public School was built there in 1925.
At the 2011 census, there were 10,759 residents in Fairfield West. Slightly more than half (55.5%) of people were born outside of Australia. The most common countries of birth were Vietnam (12.7), and Iraq (10.6%). In Fairfield West 29.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Vietnamese (18.8), Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (7.6%), Arabic (7.4%) and Spanish (5.3%). The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic (37.0%), Buddhism (18.1%) and No Religion (8.3%). The majority of dwellings (94.9%) were separate houses, with the remainder of dwellings being semi-detached or townhouses.
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