Introduction to Fanwood, New Jersey

Fanwood, New Jersey is 7 miles SW of Union, New Jersey and 12 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Union county. The population of the town is 7,174.

Fanwood History

The Lenni-Lenape Native Americans were the original settlers of the area. The community was initially a part of Westfield, and was established along the Central Railroad of New Jersey's railroad lines. It was incorporated as the Borough of Fanwood through an act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 2, 1895. Fanwood was named in honor of Fannie Wood, the daughter of a railroad official.

Fanwood and nearby Attractions

  • Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum
  • New Jersey Museum of Agriculture
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Liberty Hall
  • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
  • Bergen County Zoological Park

Things To Do In Fanwood

The New Jersey Museum of Agriculture houses exhibits that depict the pre-Colonial life of rural New Jersey. The Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum, the Crane Phillips Living Museum and the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts feature artifacts of historic importance. Liberty Hall, the Edison National Historic Site, the Buccleuch Mansion and the Conference House are some of the historic sites in the area. Facilities for hiking, horseback riding, biking, boating, fishing and picnicking are available at the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Morristown National Historical Park and Washington Rock State Park. The South Mountain Reservation, spread across 2,047 acres of land, includes a zoo, nature trails, and fishing and picnic areas.

Fanwood Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.

Fanwood Higher Education

Union County College, Kean University, Drew University, and Seton Hall University are some of the colleges and universities closest to Fanwood.


Total Population 7,479
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,335
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 63.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.8%
Median Earnings25+ $71,531
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,324


Median Family Income $127,390
% Above Poverty Level 99.2%
% Below Poverty Level 0.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.1%


People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,888
Median House Value $412,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 23.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fanwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07023
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.64
Longitude -74.383

Fanwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Garwood 4,306 $91,042
Mountainside 6,832 $151,681
North Plainfield 22,156 $78,359
Plainfield 50,678 $53,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fanwood Public Libraries

Fanwood Memorial Library
Fanwood, New Jersey
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