Fair Lawn, NJ
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Fair Lawn is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 33,597 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Fair Lawn is the 52nd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Fair Lawn are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Fair Lawn is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 85.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fair Lawn is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fair Lawn who work in sales jobs (12.69%), management occupations (12.06%), and office and administrative support (11.52%).

Also of interest is that Fair Lawn has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Fair Lawn is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Fair Lawn really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Fair Lawn perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Fair Lawn is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Fair Lawn, the average commute to work is 30.48 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the borough are by private automobile, Fair Lawn is somewhat unusual for a borough of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fair Lawn area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fair Lawn. 51.51% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Fair Lawn in 2010 was $40,691, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $162,764 for a family of four.

Fair Lawn is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Fair Lawn home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fair Lawn residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fair Lawn also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.57% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fair Lawn include Irish, Russian, Polish, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fair Lawn's cultural character, accounting for 31.37% of the borough’s population.

The most common language spoken in Fair Lawn is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.