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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Fairborn, Ohio

Home of Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio is a quiet college town. Many work at the nearby Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the home of the Air Force Materiel Command and in many measures the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex base in the Air Force. With a population of 32,052, Fairborn offers the accessibility and friendly atmosphere of a small college town.

Fairborn has a rich history and was formed from the union of the two villages of Fairfield and Osborn. Fairfield was originally founded in 1816 and Osborn in 1851. The construction of the Huffman Dam on the Mad River following the Dayton Flood of 1913 put Osborn directly in a flood plain. In 1921 the village decided to move homes out of the flood plain on flatbed trucks and settle alongside Fairfield. Growth of the two villages was hindered by the other's borders, a military flying field where the Wright Brothers perfected flight and a depot (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base). The two villages voted to merge in 1949 and officially merged in 1950.

Where to Retire in Fairborn and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median sale price of a home in Fairborn was about $160,511 in mid-2022. There is at least one active community in Fairborn (see link at left).

What Is Special about Fairborn

22 parks, an active Senior Citizens Center, community events and celebrations, 3.2 miles of the Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Bikeway, easy access to major transportation, home to WPAFB and base amenities, Division I Basketball, Sports and Entertainment @ WSU

What Is Not Special about Fairborn

Cold winters; Fairborn is not considered to be a walkable community

Climate and Physical Environment

Fairborn geography can be described as rolling farmland with suburban features. Streams and creeks are common and the Mad River, home to the regions best trout fishing is nearby. Our parks walking trails and bikeways will provide endless miles of easy exercising.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Home to Wright State University and within minutes of the University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, Clark State, Antioch University and The Air Force Institute of Technology, retirees in this area will find plenty of continuing education possibilities. Downtown Fairborn features many shops restaurants, banks and a branch of the Greene County Public library.
In addition to numerous yearly festivals and celebrations, Fairborn offers access to various exhibitions and performances on the campus of Wright State. The Nutter Center offers performances by national-caliber entertainers.


The crime rate is below average.

Medical Facilities

Wright Patterson Medical Center; Greene Memorial Hospital; Miami Valley Hospital; Fairborn Doctor's Urgent Care; Kettering Medical Center Network; Dayton Heart Hospital 


The nearest airport is in Dayton about 20 miles away.

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