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This city on Cincinnati’s northern edge boasts a vibrant social and commercial scene. Fairfield is located in Butler county and is just over 21 square miles in area. Fairfield’s 40,000 plus residents enjoy an active arts community, one of the most interesting commercial attractions in the country, and a strong mix of both bedroom community living and a positive business climate for both white collar and light industrial concerns. In 2010 the Fairfield Public Schools were rated “Excellent with Distinction” by the state of Ohio.
The city center is focused within the Village Green and includes the Community Arts Center, which offers classes, social activities, fitness, theater and the arts year round. The adjacent Lane Library is impressive in its own right. Down the road to the west are Marsh fishing lake andWaterworks Park.
To the east is the busy Dixie Highway (SR 4) corridor with it’s mix of restaurants and car dealerships, the Ohio Valley Antique Mall, and Jungle Jim’s Market, the largest (and possibly the wildest) grocery in the United States. Jungle Jim’s is so large that it offers maps for the shopper, and guided tours for those who have traveled simply to see it in person.
The city maintains both 9 and 18 hole public golf courses, an aquatic center for summer sun and swimming, and a 5.5 mile hike or bike trail extending along the Great Miami River from Waterworks Park to the Fitton Arts Center in downtown Hamilton. The trail runs through Joyce Park which also has facilities for baseball, football, soccer, remote control model aircraft and remote control model boating, skateboarding, and waterskiing.
Fairfield civic leadership is characterized by a strong council/weak mayor format, and has a history of fiscal conservatism that served it well in the recent downturn. The city levies a 1.5% tax on earnings (but not on pensions) and has reciprocal agreements with most other area communities. Fairfield has an active business community, including dozens of small and medium sized corporations. The largest of these (by number of employees) are Cincinnati Financial,Ohio Casualty Group,Mercy Hospital-South ,Medco Health and Koch Foods. Most of Fairfield’s light industry is located in the area east of Dixie Highway (SR 4). Mercy Hospital, located on Mack Rd, just north of the Winton Rd exit off I-275, offers a full range of medical services, The adjacent Mercy Healthplex offers extensive fitness facilities as well as physical therapy services.