The county seat of Fairfield also serves as a center of education, culture, healthcare, and commerce. Although small-town friendliness and values remain, Fairfield has matured into a prime location for business and industry. The city has evolved from a quiet, tree-shaded bedroom community into a vital economic force. Lower housing costs, an excellent transportation network, suburban conveniences, and a high quality of life make Fairfield an attractive place to work and live. The city's unique blend of cultures adds the richness of diversity and an international flavor to the warm and welcoming atmosphere that reflects its "Old West" roots. Comfortable year-round temperatures and a mild climate enhance the opportunities for recreation, from California Delta water sports to lush parks and developed sports facilities.