The City of Good Neighbors
Fairmont City is a village in St. Clair and Madison counties, Illinois, in the United States. The population was 2,635 at the 2010 census. In the 1990s Fairmont City's Hispanic population doubled, and it now has the highest percentage of Hispanics in the entire St. Louis Metropolitan area, with 55% of the population of Hispanic descent.
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 6.59 square miles (17.1 km2), of which 6.20 square miles (16.1 km2) (or 94.08%) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2) (or 5.92%) is water.
The village is only about 5 minutes from the world-famous Gateway Arch of St. Louis. Sunset often provides picturesque views of the arch and St. Louis' skyline. Collinsville Road, once known as the National Road, runs the length of the village. Along this route there is an accumulation of vintage, in situ roadside Americana advertising signage that is unsurpassed in the area, including "Venture", and "The Night Spot". Collinsville Road supports, among other things, a NASCAR track, a gambling casino, a live horse racing track, and Cahokia Mounds.
National City, a former company town to the east of Fairmont City, dissolved in 1997 and was annexed by Fairmont City.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,436 people, 871 households, and 580 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,013.1 people per square mile (391.9/km²). There were 939 housing units at an average density of 390.5 per square mile (151.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 41.54% White, 1.23% African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 27.50% from other races, and 3.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 55.38% of the population.
There were 871 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 116.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $27,070, and the median income for a family was $31,296. Males had a median income of $21,766 versus $21,576 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,203. About 14.7% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.