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Fair Lawn

Borough of Fair Lawn

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Bergen County
    Fair Lawn
      County FIPS: 
    40°56′09″N 74°07′03″W
      Area total: 
    5.22 sq mi (13.53 km²)
      Area land: 
    5.13 sq mi (13.30 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.09 sq mi (0.23 km²)
    69 ft (21 m)
    Incorporated March 6, 1924
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    6,801.8 residents per square mile of area (2,626.2/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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As of the 2020 United States Census, the boroughs population was 34,940, which constituted a 7.7% increase from 32,457 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Fair Lawn was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6, 1924, as "Fairlawn", from portions of Saddle River Township. The name was taken from Fairlawn, David Acker's estate home, that was built in 1865 and later became the Fair Lawn Municipal Building. Radburn, one of the first planned communities in the United States, is an unincorporated community located within Fair Lawn and was founded in 1929 as "a town for the motor age." Fair Lawn is home to a large number of commuters to New York City, to which it is connected by train from two railroad stations on NJ Transit's Bergen County Line, the Radburn and Broadway stations. The first settlers of Fair Lawn were members of the Lenni Lenape tribe, a peaceful group of hunter gatherers who eventually sold their land to incoming Dutch and Irish settlers and migrated to Pennsylvania. The town's motto, coined by Jake Janso, is "A great place to visit and a better place to live" Fair Lawn has been rated as one ofthe top 10 best places to live in New Jersey. The borough's population is expected to grow to 34,000 by the end of the decade, up 2.6% from the 31,637 counted at the 2000 Census.

History and historical significance

The first settlers of Fair Lawn were members of the Lenni Lenape tribe, a peaceful group of hunter gatherers who eventually sold their land to incoming Dutch and Irish settlers. The new colonists turned the region, part of the New Barbadoes Township, into five large farm lots, conjoined by two main roadsParamus and Saddle River. In the 1800s, these five lots became nine smaller lots, and three new roadsFair Lawn Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Prospect Streetwere constructed to encourage mobility between them. Eighty houses were built by 1861, and the renamed Small Lots became an agricultural community. The grandest of the estates, perched atop a hill by Small Lots Road was David Acker's estate "Fairlawn", from which the township gets its name. Fair Lawn is home to the following eight sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Peter Garretson House, 4-02 River Road (1974) Peter Demarest House on Fair Lawn Avenue. Warren Point, east of the railroad and south of Broadway, known as Warren Point. Radburn station, Pollitt Drive (1984)Other sites, in addition to those listed above, are also considered historic by the Historic Sites Survey Committee of the Bergen County Historic Sites Advisory Board. George Washington School (Recommended as a National Register possibility, but needs further documentation)George Washington School on Plaza and Radburn Roads. Warren Bronze and Aluminum Factory on Second Street. Warren bronze and aluminum factory on First Street.


The borough borders Paterson (in Passaic County, across the Passaic River) to the west; Hawthorne across Lincoln Avenue to the West; Glen Rock across Harristown Road, Maple Avenue, the northern border of the former Nabisco plant and its extension north of Garwood Road and Naugle Drive to the north. Ridgewood across the Saddle River to the northeast; Paramus across the saddle to the east; with Saddle Brook across the two longer portions of South Broadway. Elmwood Park across the Bergen County Line, New Jersey Route 4 (Broadway), Cyril Avenue and Willow Street to the south. The hills of Wyckoff are visible from the northern neighborhoods of Fair Lawn. The Broadway District is mainly a shopping district as it contains many stores, eateries, hobby centers, salons, and other businesses. It is one of only a handful of Bergen-Passaic-Hudson districts that even offers this service. Fair Lawn is an incorporated collection of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character and vibe. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include: Berdan Grove, The Heights, Dunkerhook, Hendersonville, Westmoreland District, Eastside East, and Dunker Hook. The borough's Municipal Complex, which houses its administrative, legal, financial, and police divisions, is located in this neighborhood, as are the Fair Lawn Public Library, Fair Lawn High School, and John A. Forrest Elementary School.

Ethnic diversity

Over 10% of the borough's population is of Russian descent, the highest of any community in New Jersey. Fair Lawn also has the largest Israeli American community in Bergen County. The 2012 American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau showed a significant increase in the Asian American population. The borough's reputable school district, safe and well-policed neighborhoods, and convenient access to commercial centers and hospitals have made Fair Lawn a magnet for new immigrants from several regions around the world. The public library in Fair Lawn holds storytelling programs in Hindi and Hebrew languages, while Mandarin Chinese has been taught in the school district since the 2007-2008 school year. A number of places for congregation cater to different nationalities, including three Korean churches, one Taiwanese church, Young Israel of Fair Lawn, Saint Leon Armenian Church, and the (Italian American) Cosmos Club of Fair lawn. Between the 2010 Census and the 2013-2017 American Community survey, Fair Lawn's Filipino population was estimated to have increased by more than 50% (from 626 in 2010 to 952 in 2013-2017). Fair Lawn has historically also had a large Italian American population, 19.7% in 2000, but this number is decreasing as the descendants of the original Italian immigrants are being displaced by immigrants from around the globe. The town has a high Jewish immigration population, as well as Muslim immigrants, including Albanian Americans and Macedonian Americans, asWell as Latino Americans, including Peruvian Americans and Stateside Puerto Ricans. There is also a small but stable African American minority.


The 2010 U.S. census counted 32,457 people, 11,930 households, and 8,971 families in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough was 91.54% Caucasian, 4.92% Asian, 0.74% Black or African American, 1.04% Native American, and 1.38% reporting two or more races. Same-sex couples headed 64 households in 2010, an increase from the 49 counted in 2000. The median household income was $92,727 (with a margin of error of +/ $4,701) and the median family income was$112,650 (+/ $5,760) in 2010. About 2.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3%. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.12. The per capita income for the borough in 2010 was $40,146 (-/ $1,700) The median age in the Borough was 43.1 years. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.9 males. The average age of the Borough's population was 42.6 years. The borough's median income in the 2010 Census was $72,127 (-/$3,246) and for females it was $54,358 (- / $2,815) In 2010 there were 12,006 housing units at an average density of 2,322.9 per square mile (896.6/km²).


A major cookie/bakery/office operation of Nabisco/Mondelz International, located along Route 208 North, had been the borough's largest employer and taxpayer for more than 60 years. U.S. Technologies, a high-precision electronics corporation, is headquartered in Fair Lawn. Fair Lawn Promenade is a mixed-use retail / residential / business complex that opened on April 1, 2014. Businesses there include the first East Coast location of The Habit Burger Grill as well as the first Noodles & Company in New Jersey. The Filipino American Festival, a non-profit corporation describing its mission to include educating Filipino Americans to engage in community partnership, is based there. The company presents the annual Filipino-American Festival in Bergenfield in eastern Bergen County. TKL, an international clinical research company, is also located there. A major supplier of residential and commercial building materials in the New York City metropolitan area, Kuiken Brothers, is located in the borough. The borough is home to the New Jersey State College of Art and Design, which offers classes on art, design, and culture. It is also the home of the University of New Jersey, where students can study art, music, and literature. The Fair Lawn High School is located on the edge of the borough and offers classes in English, French, Spanish, and other languages. It was founded in 1848 in Brooklyn and is the oldest high school in the United States. It has a total enrollment of about 2,000 students.


Fair Lawn has one of the original organized street hockey/DekHockey programs in the state. The Fair Lawn Flyers competed in the first national street hockey championships in 1976 in Leominster, Massachusetts. Fair Lawn Lanes includes 32 bowling lanes, an arcade, and a lounge. The team won the state championship in 1976 and again in 1978. The Flyers won the national championship again in 1979 and 1980. They also won the U.S. championship in 1981 and 1982. They were the first team to win back-to-back national championships in the history of street hockey in the United States. The last team to do so was the Boston Red Sox, who won the title in 1986 and 1987. The current team is the Boston Celtics, who have won the championship in each of the last three seasons. The Celtics won the World Series in 2010 and 2011. The Bruins won the Super Bowl in 2010. The Red Sox won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and 2012. The Patriots won the National Championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The Boston Marathon was the first race to be held in Fair Lawn since the city opened its first bowling alley in 1969. The city also has a baseball team, the Boston Bruins, which won the 2010 World Series. The town also has an ice hockey team and a football team, which were founded in the 1970s. It is home to the Fair Lawn Ice Hockey Club, which was founded in 1976. The ice hockey program won the world championship in the 1980s.

Parks and recreation

Dietch's Kiddie Zoo is a former children's zoo that opened in 1951. Memorial Park has an inline skating rink, playing fields, basketball courts, and a beach park. Berdan Grove Park is home of the John Alaimo Field for baseball. Gregory Park has a basketball court, playground, baseball field, and walking path. The park is located on 28th Street, which is home to a playground and a baseball field. The Fair Lawn Public Library has a children's play area and a library with a computer lab. The library also has a bookmobile, which can take visitors to the library and other areas of the library. The public library is also home to the Fair Lawn Senior Center, which has a library and a senior center with a swimming pool. The town's library has a computer center, which takes students to the pool and other parts of the community. The city's parks are located on 1st Street, 1st Avenue, and 2nd Street. They include Memorial Park, Gregory Park, and BerdanGrove Park. They are all located on Berdan Avenue and 1st St. The parks are open to the public on Monday through Friday, except for Memorial Park which is closed on Saturday and Sunday.


Fair Lawn operates under the Council-Manager plan E form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body is comprised of a five-member Borough Council. The mayor presides over its meetings with no separate policy-making power. A borough manager is appointed by the council to serve as the municipal chief executive and administrative official. The borough is located in New Jersey's 5th Congressional District. It is part of the 38th state legislative district and is represented in the General Assembly by Lisa Swain and Chris Tully. Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a Board of County Commissioners comprised of seven members who are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis. For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025). For the 2022-2023 session, the38th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature isrepresented in the State Senate by Joseph Lagana (D), Thomas Sullivan Jr. and Tracy Silna Zurna (D) Fair Lawn is one of 42 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form of government, based on the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) The borough's government extends beyond the Council and departments in the form of the following boards and commissions, which are generally staffed by volunteers appoint by the Mayor and Council: Arts Council, Garden Committee, Green Team Advisory Committee, Planning Board, and River Road Improvement Corporation.


As of the 2018-2019 school year, the district, comprised of nine schools, had an enrollment of 5,138 students and 409.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 12.5:1. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district. In both the 1990-1991 and 1997-1998 school years, Fair Lawn High School received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education. In 2016, Lyncrest Elementary School was one of ten schools in New Jersey recognized as a National Blue Blue Ribbon School. In December 2014, voters approved a $12.8 million expansion and capital improvement referendum to be implemented by the Fair Lawn Public Schools. The referendum funds the initiation within two years of a full-day kindergarten in the district. Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Ber gen County Technical Schools. St. Anne School is a Catholic elementary school that operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The school is located in the borough of Fair Lawn and serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is one of the few public schools in the state to offer a full day kindergarten program. The program is slated to begin in September 2016, and will include a roof replacement program at six schools.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey = 15.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Fair Lawn = 3.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 34,940 individuals with a median age of 44.1 age the population dropped by -3.30% in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 6,801.8 residents per square mile of area (2,626.2/km²). There are average 2.69 people per household in the 11,301 households with an average household income of $93,535 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.60% of the available work force and has dropped -4.60% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.20%. The number of physicians in Fair Lawn per 100,000 population = 440.7.


The annual rainfall in Fair Lawn = 50.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 30.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 121. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 207. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 76.61%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 56 years with median home cost = $338,980 and home appreciation of -8.45%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.97 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $8,917 per student. There are 15.4 students for each teacher in the school, 676 students for each Librarian and 473 students for each Counselor. 5.53% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 27.18% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 17.62% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Fair Lawn's population in Bergen County, New Jersey of 2,263 residents in 1900 has increased 15,44-fold to 34,940 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.92% female residents and 48.08% male residents live in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 37.06% are single population.

  • 33.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Fair Lawn require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    75.23% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.54% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 11.51% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.79% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey, 76.61% are owner-occupied homes, another 21.06% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.33% are vacant.

  • The 71.52% of the population in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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