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Fairmont - A Community Working Together

Located in North Central West Virginia, where the Monongahela, Tygart, and West Fork Rivers flow together, is the City of Fairmont. Fairmont is the 'middle-town' between Morgantown, a short distance to the north, and Clarksburg, a short distance to the south.

Fairmont is the county seat of Marion County and while the population is just under 20,000, it is the largest municipality in Marion County. The City was chartered on February 18, 1899. Many of the markings of a prospering ‘turn-of-the-century’ community are preserved in the downtown’s historic district.

The City offers its citizens and business owners a rich mix of professional and government services supported by modest retail and industrial ventures. Quality of life issues are addressed through numerous recreational opportunities, educational programming, and preservation efforts.

The City of Fairmont has experienced a strengthening economy during the past few years with extensive new job creation and growth, particularly in the fields of high technology. Fairmont has created the only high technology business park in West Virginia, fostering research and development in fields such as automation, imaging, and aerospace. The technology park is strategically located along the I-79 Technology Corridor at the South Fairmont Exit 132.

Recently the new Gateway Connector opened, creating a link between Downtown Fairmont and I-79 at the new Downtown Exit 134. This 1.5 mile gateway provides an attractive entrance into the City, while offering walking/bike paths, a visitors center, and a small playground. Fairmont is well positioned to continue steady growth for years to come. Important planning preparations (including comprehensive planning and new ‘smart growth’ zoning regulations) are being implemented.

Fairmont residents and business owners enjoy some of the lowest property and Business and Occupation Taxes in the state.
The 8.2 square miles that make up the corporate limits contain approximately 110 miles of maintained streets.
The City also offers paid professional Police, Fire, Building/Code Enforcement, Land Use Planning, and Public Works departments.