History of Fairport
Fairport, NY had its start as a swampy marshland eventually drained to make way for the Erie Canal. Once the canal opened, the village that stood in its place became known for its sound business practices and a thriving economy. Industry and trade grew in the area, burgeoning with the construction of railroads throughout the city.
Originally named Perinton, Fairport became incorporated in 1867. Businesses continued to boom in the area with the city eventually housing Deland Chemical, Cobb Preserving, and the Trescott Company. In the mid 19th century, the city acquired its new name after being referred to often as a “fair port” for trade and commerce—the residents agreed that the name should stay!
Top Things to Do In Fairport
Fairport, NY offers amazing attractions to appeal to a wide range of interest. Check out Fairport Historical Museum, which offers annual events for history buffs who want to learn more about the origins of the city and the surrounding area.
Powder Mills Park has plenty of sloping trails, perfect for hiking and jogging, and a fully stocked fish hatchery for those who want to relax for the day behind their fishing poles!
Perinton Park in Fairport also offers many natural settings and is an excellent spot for relaxing and picnicking. Fellows Road Park has pavilions for those who need a bit of shade, as well as nearby playing fields for hours of fun and games.
Thornell Farm Park has a playground for the children so they can expend some energy and enjoy their days outdoors.
Fairport NY Demographics
The 2000 U.S. showed that there were just over 5700 persons living in Fairport, with a racial makeup of 96.99% white, 1% Asian, and less than 1% black, Native American, and other races. Just over 33% of the households in Fairport NY had children under 18 living with them, and only 7.9% had households comprised of someone aged 65 or older, who lived alone.
Fairport NY High Schools
Fairport High School is the only one in the village, serving grades 10 through 12. All schools in the district are encouraged to work together, calling themselves the “Fairport Family” and promoting activities for their CARE program which encourages civility, awareness, respect, and an embrace of life.
What Is Fairport NY Known For?
Much of the culture and activities around Fairport, NY center on the nearby Erie Canal, with boat tours and the Fairport Canal Days festival both popular attractions for both visitors and residents. The city also hosts family-friendly events, including live shows and festivals in the city’s parks and amphitheater.
There is a large Farmer’s Market in the city, drawing visitors from all over the Rochester area and beyond.
Still renowned for its livability and economic strength, Fairport remains true to its name. According to the 2000 census, only 3.3% of families and 1.7% of the population were living below the poverty line. The median income for a family was just under $66,000, with a per capita income of just over $29,000 per resident.
Fairport is located a few minutes Southwest of our office. Many of our clients come to us from Fairport. As audiologists, we service many clients in Monroe County.