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 86.35% 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 (12.19%), management occupations (12.10%), and office and administrative support (11.68%).

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.

In addition, Fair Lawn is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Fair Lawn is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Fair Lawn a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Fair Lawn has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Fair Lawn’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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 30.95 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 train 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. 52.18% 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 $41,400, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $165,600 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 13.45% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fair Lawn include Irish, Russian, German, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fair Lawn's cultural character, accounting for 30.39% of the borough’s population.

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