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Living in Fairfield County

FMC-Heart-patient-hikingFairfield County’s rich history, vibrant culture and warm summers offer plenty of opportunity to celebrate outdoors with a wide variety of festivals and arts and entertainment events.

Our community is a growing area southeast of Columbus. The area offers a diversity of cultural amenities found in much larger cities, yet still maintains its small-town charm.

Fairfield County contains more than 1,000 acres of beautiful parks, which are perfect for picnicking, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. Our historical park district features a former presidential cemetery, a section of the Ohio and Erie Canal, five of the county’s 18 original covered bridges and a gristmill that boasts the nation’s largest all-wooden waterwheel.

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Outdoor Festivals

Fairfield County has a wide variety of festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the year. Featuring world-renowned music performances, arts, food, celebrations of local history and more, there’s always an excuse to have a great time.

Local Recreation

There are plenty of recreational activities to keep local residents busy. Activities for families and singles include golfing on one of our seven golf courses within the county, shopping at one of our numerous historical districts, unwinding on Buckeye Lake or enjoying a ride on 9.5 mile Fairfield Heritage Trail bike path.

If you would prefer to spend a day riding the waves, head towards to Buckeye Lake, which is located the northeastern corner of Fairfield County. This 3,100-acre lake is designated as an unlimited horsepower lake, but pontoons, sailboats, canoes and rowboats also are common

Here is a sample of the fun activities you can enjoy in our community:

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In Fairfield County, we are fortunate to enjoy all four seasons.

The warm season lasts from May 24 to Sep. 22, with an average, daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 84°F and low of 64°F.

The cold season lasts from Dec. 2 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is Jan 24, with an average low of 20°F and high of 36°F.

Downtown Lancaster


Fairfield County is home to a mix of young professionals, retirees and service industry workers. The city of Lancaster is an exciting place to live and a great place to establish your career in medicine. As of the 2013 census estimates, there were 148,867 people living in Fairfield County, including 39,325 people residing in Lancaster, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A growing population creates opportunities in all fields of medicine. Fairfield Medical Center strives to fulfill its commitment to providing medically necessary treatment to persons in need, regardless of their ability to pay. Serving more than 250,000 residents in Fairfield, Perry, Hocking and Athens counties and employing more than 2,000 individuals, FMC is proud of its role in the community.

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Our Community and History

When you join Fairfield Medical Center, you become a part of an organization dedicated to its patients, employees, families and the communities we serve.

Fairfield County was formed on Dec. 9, 1800, by a proclamation of Gov. Aurthur St. Clair. The county was named for the beauty of its fair fields and sits just on the edge of Ohio’s Appalachian region. While the once-glaciated northern portion of the county is fairly flat, as one travels south along U.S. 33,  the foothills of a mountainous region are recognizable beginning around the village of Carroll. This trip will lead you to the scenic Hocking

If you have children or are thinking of starting a family, Fairfield County is home to excellent schools and a wonderful parks system. Click on the following links to find detailed information about each Fairfield County school district, as well as individual school progress reports, such as student performance, enrollment, graduation rate, education funding and more.