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.
Fair Lawn is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Fair Lawn’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Fair Lawn, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.48 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
If knowledge is power, Fair Lawn is a pretty powerful place. 51.51% of the adults in Fair Lawn have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
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.