Demographics

There are 11,000 people living in Fairmont, which, thanks to a growing immigrant community attracted to the area’s agricultural economy, is on track to becoming increasingly diverse micropolis. There are 4,812 households and 2,816 families residing in the city, with a population density of 349.1 per square mile.

City of Fairmont

Population

Total Population

10,430

Population
Growth Rate

-0.27%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

23.400

Housing & Income

Households

4,706

Total Housing Units

5,222


Owner Occupied

3,199

Renter Occupied

1,507

Vacant

516

Median Home Value

$122,911


Average Home Value

$145,297

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.27%


Per Capita Income

2.34%

Income Projection

Median Household

$48,141 $51,218


Average Household

$63,754 $71,661


Per Capita

$28,984 $32,540

Workforce

Total Businesses

697

Total Employed

8,221

Workers 16+

4,987

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

8

Employed

54

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

2

Employed

25

Construction

Businesses

31

Employed

114

Manufacturing

Businesses

35

Employed

1,119

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

22

Employed

270

Some
High School

490

Graduated
High School

2,695

Associates
Degree

813

Bachelor's
Degree

1,194

Graduate
Degree

337

Average Commute Time

15 min.



Resident Commuters

4,264

Non-Resident Commuters

553

Drive Alone

3,968

Carpooled

529

Public

100

Work At Home

121

Transportation

Fairmont is centrally located and, as a result, well positioned to both participate in traditional modes of commerce and thrive as the world’s economy speeds to and from your door.


planePlanes

Most all types of prop or corporate jet aircraft can fly in-and-out of Fairmont’s Municipal Airport, which is equipped with an Instrument Landing System (ILS), 5,500 and 3,500-foot runways, 24-hour fuel service, meeting spaces and accessible ground transportation.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is just 150 miles from Fairmont and accessible both by Interstate 90 and 35. The 16th busiest airport in the United States, MSP International serves 155 nonstop markets, including 126 domestic and 29 international destinations. (Only Atlanta and Denver serve more nonstop markets per capita.)   


trainTrains

The Southern Minnesota Railroad came to Fairmont in 1878, marking a development renaissance. Today service to Fairmont is provided by the Union Pacific and the Canadian Pacific (owned IC & E railroads). Freight and grain service is available to almost any national market.


highwayAutomobiles

Highway access to the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area is available via Interstates 90 and 35 and also by Highways 15, 60 and 169. Access to other Upper Midwest commercial and industrial centers, such as Des Moines, Sioux Falls and Chicago is also available by the same Interstate Highways. Fairmont also serves as a hub to a strong network of county and local roads that support and feed the regional network.


CityMileage Distances
Chicago472 Miles
Denver756 Miles
Des Moines208 Miles
Indianapolis657 Miles
Indianapolis402 Miles
Milwaukee405 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul120 Miles
Omaha205 Miles
Rapid City460 Miles
Rochester120 Miles
St. Louis598 Miles
Sioux City100 Miles
Winnipeg571 Miles

 


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Utilities

Utility Rebates/Utilities

Fairmont’s city leaders believe it’s important to continue to expand its public utility infrastructure, which currently serve 4,800 residential customers, including 828 commercial and 12 industrial users. Governed by a five-member Public Utilities Commission, the utility also provides service to 200 rural customers.

Fairmont’s Municipal Water System uses Budd Lake as its primary raw, with a storage capacity of over 5 million gallons. Wholesale electricity is purchased through Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) and local distribution lines are maintained by the City of Fairmont.  SMMPA also owns a 36 MW generating facility within city limits. Natural Gas is distributed by Minnesota Energy, which has a local branch in town. The city is also situated just four miles from the Northern Border Pipeline and Northern Natural Gas.

Fairmont Public Utilities, in conjunction with the (SMMPA), offers energy efficiency rebates on qualifying Energy Star appliances for our residential customers and rebates on Energy Star business equipment for our commercial clients.

Frontier Communications, Midcontinent Communications and BEVCOMM serve residents’ digital needs. In 2016, Martin County Broadband committee partnered with Frontier to acquire a “Border to Border” grant, to make Internet access even more feasible for citizens across the economic spectrum.


Fairmont Public Utilities Electric Rates 2018

RESIDENTIAL SERVICE 
Customer Charge:$ 5.00 per month
Energy Charge: 
First 500 RWh per month@ 10.6 ¢ per kWh
Over 500 kWh per month@ 10.4 ¢ per kWh
Minimum Bill:$ 5.00 per month

RESIDENTIAL HEAT 
Customer Charge:$ 5.00 per month
Energy Charge: 
First 800 kWh per month@ 10.4 ¢ per kWh
Over 800 kWh per month@ 9.8 ¢ per kWh
Minimum Bill:$ 5.00 per month

In addition customer receives a $3.50 credit for load control on WH


COMMERCIAL SERVICE 
Availability:Customer with loads of less than 50 kW
Customer Charge:$10.00 per month
Energy Charge:10.3 ¢ per kWh
Minimum Bill:$10.00 per month

GENERAL SERVICE 
Availability:Customer with loads of greater than 50 kW
Demand Charge:$13.70 per kW (Billing demand shall be the greater of the measured demand for the billing period or 75% of the maximum measured demand for the most current June - September months.)
Energy Charge:6.0 0 ¢ per kWh

INDUSTRIAL SERVICE 
Availability:Customer with loads of greater than 250 kW
Demand Charge:$13.70 per kW (Billing demand shall be the greater of the measured demand for the billing period or 75% of the maximum measured demand for the most current June - September
months.)
Power Factor Adjustment:If the customer's average power factor is less than .95, the billing demand shall be adjusted to bring the power factor to .95.
Energy Charge:6.0 ¢ per kWh
Primary Voltage Discount:2.0% discount on demand & energy charges

ALL ELECTRIC RATE 
Availability:Customer with electric heat loads greater than 35 kW
Demand Charge:$13.70 per kW
Energy Charge:@ 6.0 ¢ per kWh

RURAL SERVICE 
Customer Charge:

$ 8.00 per month

Energy Charge: 
First 1,400 kWh per month@ 10.8 ¢ per kWh
Over 1,400 kWh per month@ 10.5 ¢ per kWh
Minimum Bill:$ 8.00 per month

SEASONAL HEAT RATE 
Winter Heating Season (Sept - April):7.1 ¢ per kWh
Minimum Bill: (Heating Season only)$10.00 per month

MONTHLY ENERGY COST ADJUSTMENT 
2011, 2012, 2013$ 0.024814 per kWh
2014$ 0 .026809 per kWh
2015$ 0 .000000 per kWh
2016$ 0 .002931 per kWh
2017$ 0.006675 per kWh
2018$ 0.006675

THE ENERGY COST ADJUSTMENT IS APPLIED TO THE ELECTRICAL USAGE
EACH MONTH DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR.


Fairmont Public Utilities Water Rates 2018

RESIDENTIAL RATE: 
FIRST 2,000 CU FT PER MONTH$5.10 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
EXCESS CONS CU FT PER MONTH$5.64 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
MINIMUM CHARGE PER MONTH$ 7.90 (IN ADDITION TO CUSTOMER CHARGE)
MONTHLY CUSTOMER CHARGE$15.70
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGE$4.12

COMMERCIAL RATE: 
FIRST 120,000 CU FT PER MONTH$4.25 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
EXCESS CONS CU FT PER MONTH$4.37 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
EXCESS CONS CU FT PER MONTH$ 7.90 (IN ADDITION TO CUSTOMER CHARGE)
MONTHLY CUSTOMER CHARGE$29.96
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGE$4.12

INDUSTRIAL RATE (>250,000 CU FT PER MONTH): 
FIRST 1,300,000 CU FT PER MONTH$3.38 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
EXCESS CONS CU FT PER MONTH$3.49 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
MINIMUM CHARGE PER MONTH$ 7.90 (IN ADDITION TO CUSTOMER CHARGE)
MONTHLY CUSTOMER CHARGE$29.96
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGE$4.12
STORAGE CAPACITY4,300,000 GALLONS
PUMPING CAPACITY3,000 GALLONS PER MINUTE
TOTAL TAPWATER HARDNESS85 PPM

There is also a $1 .00 per month Lake Restoration Charge to fund water quality improvements of the Fairmont Lakes.

There is also a $2.00 per month charge for Citywide Cleanup, Leaf Pickup and Tree Dump Maintenance.


Fairmont Public Utilities Wastewate Rates 2018

RESIDENTIAL RATE: 
FIRST 100 CUBIC FEET$12.81 - 5/8" X 3/4" METER
 $35.29 - 1" METER
 $56.96 - 1 1/4" METER
 $80.51 - 1 1/2" METER
 $154.62 - 2" METER
 $359.19 - 3" METER
 $598.80 - 4" METER
 $911.79 - 6" METER
OVER 100 CUBIC FEET$2.03/100 CUBIC FEET
MINIMUM BILLBASED ON WATER METER SIZE
INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGE$ 11.50 PER MONTH

COMMERCIAL RATE: 
ALL CONSUMPTION$ 3.18 PER 100 CUBIC FEET
MINIMUM CHARGE$ 12.81 PER MONTH
INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGE$ 11.50 PER MONTH

INDUSTRIAL RATE:  
INDUSTRIAL RATE BASED ON CONCENTRATION OF FOLLOWING:  
PARAMETERPPMFEE $/LB
TSS250$ 0.8035
BOD250$ 0.9493
TKN40$2.1611
P5$ 7.2079
FOG100$1.3187
INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGE$11.50 PER MONTH 
CAPACITY OF TREATMENT PLANT5,400,000 GALLON PER DAY 

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