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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,530
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+3,334
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married65.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher64.6%
Median Earnings25+$77,145
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,132

Wealth

Median Family Income$144,559
% Above Poverty Level98.9%
% Below Poverty Level1.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time39 minutes
% Working from Home6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation12.1%

Housing

People Living Alone15.7%
Median Gross Rent$2,689
Median House Value$422,700

Ancestry

Irish25.6%
Italian25.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.1%
German18.2%
English5.7%
West Indian4.6%
Polish4.2%
Russian4.1%
Haitian3.1%
Slovak2%
French Except Basque1.6%
Hungarian1.1%
Arab1.1%
Lebanese1%
Welsh0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Trinidad Tobago0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Albanian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Barbadian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
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Fanwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes7023
Phone Area Codes908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.64
Approximate Longitude-74.38

Fanwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPLAINFIELD
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationCANOE BROOK
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
StationNEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Garwood4,315$87,614
Mountainside6,835$147,319
North Plainfield22,106$86,149
Plainfield50,578$56,153
Scotch Plains24,068$131,739
Westfield30,438$178,381

Fanwood Public Libraries

Fanwood Memorial Library
14 TILLOTSON ROAD
Fanwood, New Jersey
(908) 322-6400

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Fanwood Private Schools

First Children School
330 South Ave
ZIP: 7023
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
The Goddard School
324 South Avenue
ZIP: 7023
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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