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Retirement Living In Fairmont Area - Minnesota

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Area Description

Fairmont, the City of Lakes, is a community of 11,000 located in the heart of southern Minnesota. The community provides an array of recreation, educational, and health care services supporting a regional service area population of over 20,000 and is the county seat for Martin County. Centrally located along I-90 and Highway 15, the City is noted for its hospitality, friendly residents, unique specialty shops, and picturesque lakes, making Fairmont “Southern Minnesota’s best kept secret.”

The City’s five lakes provide a valuable community resource and afford residents and visitors alike with recreational areas for swimming, pleasure boating, water skiing, and fishing. Other attractions include the Fairmont Aquatic Park, a variety of public and private 18-hole golf courses and several historic venues for artistic endeavors and enrichment opportunities.

A full array of K-12 educational services are available from the public and private religious-based schools serving the area. The Southern Minnesota Educational Campus is a one-stop shop for post-secondary education providing an assortment of college courses and degree programs offered by public and private religious-based secondary institutions in the region.

Whether you plan to visit or stay, we hope you enjoy all Fairmont has to offer.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The city of Fairmont is woven around a chain of five beautiful lakes and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities throughout every season. Be sure to visit one of our amazing parks, take a step back in time with our legendary historical sites, go for a dip at the Fairmont Aquatic Park, enjoy dinner with a view at our lakeside dining establishments, or stick around for one of our cultural or sporting events. Our indoor mall and historic downtown district provide a relaxed and leisurely shopping environment.

Cultural Activities

The Red Rock Center for the Arts offers a wide variety of affordable entertainment for all ages. Enjoy a wide variety of musical concerts featuring big band, swing, jazz, cultural, strings, piano, and more. Our beautiful hardwood floors are perfect for ballroom dancing. Educational art and music classes for adults and children are offered at various times throughout the year.

The Fairmont Opera House hosts a number of musical performances and plays each year. Tickets for shows can be purchased online through their website and a calendar of their events is also available online.

The library hosts many programs for children and adults as well.

Public transportation

Several locally-owned taxi services are available. Martin County offers bus services throughout the county and through its Veterans Services Department, transportation is available to metropolitan areas.

If time is money, you can fly just about any size prop or corporate jet
aircraft into Fairmont’s Municipal Airport. Our airport is equipped with an
ILS system, 5,550 foot runway and 3,300 crosswind runway, 24-hour fuel
service, meeting space in the terminal and ground transportation.

Medical Facilities

Fairmont is part of the Mayo Health System. Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. Our community offers a number of other health care facilities, including the Dulcimer Medical Center and United Hospital District (UHD) primary care clinics, the Center for Specialty Care and a variety of chiropractic and dental care providers.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Fairmont Area, Minnesota?

For those of you that retire in Fairmont Area, you will have colder temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 10's and highs in the upper 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 0's. You may have some days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Fairmont Area such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Fairmont Area is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Fairmont Area, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  5  15  24
 Feb  10  20  29
 Mar  22  32  41
 Apr  35  46  58
 May  48  59  70
 Jun  58  69  79
 Jul  62  73  83
 Aug  60  70  81
 Sep  50  62  73
 Oct  37  49  60
 Nov  24  33  43
 Dec  10  19  27

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  31  11
 Feb  0  27  7
 Mar  0  26  2
 Apr  0  11  0
 May  1  1  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  1  1  0
 Oct  0  9  0
 Nov  0  24  1
 Dec  0  30  8

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  6  10 %
 Feb  1 "  5  15 %
 Mar  2 "  8  24 %
 Apr  3 "  10  34 %
 May  4 "  11  44 %
 Jun  5 "  11  55 %
 Jul  4 "  9  62 %
 Aug  4 "  9  61 %
 Sep  3 "  8  50 %
 Oct  2 "  8  37 %
 Nov  2 "  6  26 %
 Dec  1 "  7  15 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  8 "  24  5
 Feb  6 "  20  4
 Mar  8 "  11  3
 Apr  3 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  6 "  7  3
 Dec  12 "  21  6

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Cost of Living for Fairmont Area, MN

Fairmont Area, Minnesota cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Fairmont has a wide variety of housing options, from apartments to houses to assisted living and nursing homes.

Senior Assistance in Fairmont Area, MN

Fairmont Area, Minnesota offers the following assistance for seniors:

Offer adult day care as well.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Fairmont Area Offer For Retirees?

The Minnesota Work Force Center is located in Fairmont which is a great resource for job seekers to go to for help.

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