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The city of Fairfield is located in Jefferson County<1> and is the County Seat for Jefferson County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Fairfield, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1839.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Fairfield has a population of 10,369 people<2> (see below for details).

Fairfield is 760 feet [232 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Fairfield lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Fairfield: (641)

The ZIP codes for Fairfield: 52556-52557<4>

Websites for Fairfield ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Fairfield had an population of 10,369 people. This is an increase of 9.56% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 9.04% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fairfield had a population of 9,464 people (or 56.19% of the total population of Jefferson County). This makes Fairfield the county's most populous community.

The population of Fairfield represents 0.31% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 41st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,464 people, the population of Fairfield has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 9,509 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Fairfield.

Communities Also Named Fairfield ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 91 communities that are also named Fairfield - they are located in Alabama (4), Arkansas (2), British Columbia (2), California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (3), Georgia (5), Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana (3), Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (2), Maine, Maryland (3), Massachusetts, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, New York (2), North Carolina (4), North Dakota, Ohio (3), Oklahoma, Ontario (3), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), Prince Edward Island, South Carolina, Tennessee (6), Texas (2), Utah (2), Vermont, Virginia (4), Washington (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Fairfield.

Communities near Fairfield ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Fairfield.

  • Wayland
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wayland have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wayland
    • Wayland is located in Henry County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 930 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wayland <6>
  • Eldon
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
  • Keosauqua
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
  • Brighton
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
  • Agency
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Agency have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Agency
    • Agency is located in Wapello County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 641 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Agency <6>
  • Richland
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)
  • Batavia
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
  • Birmingham
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Birmingham have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birmingham
    • Birmingham is located in Van Buren County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 423 people
  • Lockridge
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lockridge have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lockridge
    • Lockridge is located in Jefferson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 281 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lockridge <6>
  • Stockport
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Fairfield. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Fairfield.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Fairfield. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fairfield.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fairfield. Our list includes 24 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Fairfield.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Fairfield ...

Looking for more information about Fairfield? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Fairfield, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Fairfield.

Adding Fairfield to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Fairfield in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Fairfield was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Fairfield post office opened in 1839.

We also found Fairfield in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Fairfield.

The official website for Fairfield:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fairfield.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fairfield - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Fairfield). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fairfield or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Fairfield includes: 52556 & 52557.
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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