Fairfield is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama. It is part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area, and it has a total area of 3.5 square miles, all of which is land. The city was founded in the year 1910 and was envisaged as a planned township.
The U.S. Steel's Fairfield Works is a major employer for the town right from its inception. Though employment has gone down, it is still significant. The city otherwise has small local businesses, most of them offering services of some sort. Sears has a store in the area. The main shopping mall here is Western Hills Mall. They have an independent school system comprising three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one all grades included school. Higher education is provided by Miles College. The closest hospital is the Princeton Baptist Medical Center, located 4 miles away, in Birmingham. Fairfield's cost of living is 16.20% lower than the country average, making living here comparatively cheaper.