Quality of Life
Arts and Culture
Fairmont, WV has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The average temperature throughout the year fluctuates from a low of 22° in January to a high of 84° in July. Historically, the temperature has reached as high as 108° and as low as -21°. The average precipitation per year is 45.85 inches and the average snowfall per year is 39.5 inches. The warmest month of the year is July and the coldest month of the year is January. Fairmont is home to a beautiful look at all 4 seasons.
Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
Marion County Schools are currently ranked as the 5th best performing school district in the state of West Virginia. Fairmont is home to 5 of the 19 public schools in the county.
East Park Elementary School
East Fairmont Middle School
Fairmont Senior High School
Watson Elementary School
West Fairmont Middle School
East Fairmont High School
( just outside of city limits )
Colleges and Universities
Fairmont State University
Fairmont State University is a 4-year public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total enrollment of 3,803 undergraduate students and 80+ undergraduate degree programs. The university also boasts 5 graduate degree programs and 16 NCAA Division II athletic programs. Fairmont State's main campus is located in the University district of Fairmont, which is zoned for education, but also has branches of its campus located in Clarksburg and nearby Bridgeport. To it's advantage, Fairmont State has a student faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 22.
Pierpont Community & Technical College
Pierpont Community & Technical College is headquartered in Fairmont, West Virginia while also serving a 13-county region with additional campuses in Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Lewis, and Braxton counties. Pierpont's main campus is shared with Fairmont State University. The College offers more than 40 Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificate of Applied Science degree programs. Pierpont has a total enrollment of 1,396 and their top 4 majors include Business, Criminal Justice, Food Service Management, and Early Childhood.
Fairmont Regional Medical Center
Fairmont Regional Medical Center (formerly known as Fairmont General Hospital) is a 207 bed acute care facility located in the heart of Fairmont right next to Fairmont State University. FRMC provides a wide variety of patient services and is accredited by the Joint Commission and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
WVU Medicine Outpatient Center
WVU Medicine's Fairmont location opened in late 2017 and is located off Downtown Fairmont Exit 136 of I-79, right off of the Fairmont Gateway Connector. The $13.9 million, 25,000 square-foot outpatient center is owned and operated by University Health Associates (UHA) and includes 39 exam rooms and three procedure rooms. The facility houses services for behavioral medicine, digestive diseases, family medicine, general surgery, lab services, mammography, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics, podiatry, ultrasound, urgent care, urology, and x-ray.
Arts and Culture
Palatine Park Events
Palatine Park, located along the Monongahela River, has become a booming spot for performing arts, entertainment, and culture during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Events such as live touring musicians, karaoke, weightlifting competitions, various festivals, and the farmers market all take place during the events season. The Palatine Park events are booked and scheduled by the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC).
First Friday is a music & arts series held throughout the Spring,Summer, and Fall seasons for the community put on by Main Street Fairmont on the first Friday of each month. These events have been held at various locations throughout downtown Fairmont such as Veteran's Square and the historic Fire Department. Live music, art, local vendors, food, and fun activities can be found at each of these events.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an all-day Italian Holiday street market that takes over Monroe Street in Downtown Fairmont each December. The festival is based upon Robert Tinnell's graphic novel, comic strip, and upcoming film also titled "The Feast of the Seven Fishes." The feast showcases the best of North Central West Virginia's deep Italian history. Multiple food, drink, & craft vendors line the streets while arts & entertainment can be found within the garage of the old Fairmont Fire Hall. The Friday before the Feast also features "Festival Cucina," a cooking show where local Italian cooks fix up their best traditional meals in front of a crowd for them to learn the recipes as well as taste & try the meal.
East Marion Park
East Marion Park, operated by MCPARC, is a 32-acre park which includes a wave pool, dog park, tennis courts, basketball court, softball field, jogging trails, playground, picnic pavillions, and mini golf. The park is located on the right of the top section of the gateway connector as you enter beautiful Fairmont, West Virginia.
Morris park is a beautifully rustic 112 acre land park which includes a basketball court, disc golf, pavillions, playground, tennis courts, and miles of walking track.
The Falcon Center is a 126,000 square foot facility which includes a 7,000 sq ft weight room, 5 versatile gymnasium courts, 2 multi-purpose fitness rooms, a four-lane 25 yard swimming pool, a whirlpool, sauna, and an indoor walking/running track. The facility is owned and operated as a part of Fairmont State University but is also open to all community members.