Fairburn, a small city in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, is a residential hub and commercial epicenter of Fulton County. Home to a number of highly regarded subdivisions and family-oriented neighborhoods, Fairburn is characterized by homes that fit the southern model: stately, expansive, and attractively modern. Many brick, stucco, and stone houses lie within Fairburn, in a range of sizes from one thousand square feet all the way up to five or six thousand square feet.
Fairburn, located southwest of Atlanta along the tracks of a railroad line, is home to nearly 2,000 households which make their dwellings in one of its residential areas. Some of the most affluent subdivisions in Fairburn are Country Lake, Dix Lee On, Providence, the Lakes at Cedar Grove, and Northridge. Avalon, Fairhaven, Pointer Ridge, Deerwood Park, Meadow Glen, Rebecca Lake, Smoke Ridge, and Shannon Chase, on the other hand, are some of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city, with starter homes or larger houses for families of a diversity of incomes. The downtown Fairburn area is less residential than the outskirts, and includes a strip of historical buildings that have been preserved from the establishment of the city as far back as 1870.
Due in part to its proximity to the major city of Atlanta, Fairburn has a diverse and welcoming economy for employees. The primary industries in the area include retail, commerce, education and health services, government, business and professional services, transportation, and utilities. The Fulton County School System, which serves Fairburn’s student population, includes nearly half a dozen schools which are located within the city and offer jobs in the teaching and administration fields. Brenau University and Georgia Military College are two post-secondary institutions that have campuses in Fairburn, attracting students and instructors alike. The Georgia Renaissance Festival, which takes place in Fairburn every spring, attracts thousands of visitors from all over the southeast and is a major source of both temporary and full-time employment.