Fairmont, NC

Fairmont, situated in Robeson County, is a small town made up of 2.2 square miles.

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The town was first established as Ashpole, with the name being changed to Union City in 1899 before finally being changed to Fairmont.  


The median resident age in Fairmont is 45 years. The median estimated household income is about $24,000 making it about $24,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $13,300. The average price for a home in Fairmont is about $77,000 (2015) which is $83,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $400 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Fairmont is 26% White, 56% Black, 14% Native American 3% Two or more races, and 1% other. 77% of the population are high school graduates, with 15% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 14% are divorced, 3% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 35% that have never been married.

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Robeson County

Fairmont belongs to Robeson County in the southern part of North Carolina.

The County, which lost a sizeable portion of it's population in the Cape Fear region to a yellow fever outbreak, is a part of the Lumberton, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area and the Fayetteville-Lumberton-Laurinburg, NC Combined Statistical Area has a population of 134,200.

The county's largest city, which is also its county seat, has a population of 20,800.

Robeson County borders Hoke, Marlboro (SC), Dillon (SC), Horry (SC), Bladen, Cumberland, Scotland and Columbus counties.

Robeson County is made up of 951 square miles. 949 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Fairmont, NC is about 2,700. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Fairmont, NC is 125 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Fairmont, NC is 28340.

Area Code

The area code for Fairmont, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Fairmont and Robeson County have voted mostly Democrat, with 58% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 55% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 43% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Fairmont is about 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Sales, transportation, material moving, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Robesonian and Fairmont Bugle are the primary newspapers that cover the Robeson County area.