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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Fanwood is a suburb of New York City with a population of 7,648. Fanwood is in Union County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Fanwood offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fanwood there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Fanwood and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Fanwood are highly rated.
About Fanwood...
Population
7,648

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$433,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,708
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%
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Fanwood Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    25.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    77
    500.1
  • Theft
    333.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    12.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Fanwood

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$132,292
National
$55,322
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Fanwood Reviews

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I love Fanwood!! I moved to Fanwood with my family when I was about to start Kindergarten, and have made my way through the public school system before applying and being accepted to amazing universities across the country.

From the moment we moved in, we have had an amazing relationship with our neighbors and the other people living around us. I grew up rollerblading, biking and scootering around on my street, which though off a main road, is quiet enough for young kids to play on.

There are also great local parks, YMCA's, and pools (shout out Willow Grove Swim Club) and the train station is right in down town.
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Fanwood is a small, close knit town with a strong public school system and neighborhoods with block parties, holiday light contests, and other classic suburban characteristics. The downtown is cute with a (very) local pub, a few restaurants, and a charming old fashioned vibe. Not many boutiques or shopping destinations, but a pharmacy, a card store, an ice cream parlor, and a few pizza places add to its desirability. The schools are absolutely top-notch and are shared (along with many other services) with Scotch Plains.
Fanwood is a small, one square mile town in North Jersey. Fanwood is very family friendly, having a lot of young families in the neighborhood. Fanwood is also very safe, guarded by the adept Fanwood Police Department, clean, and close-knit. The downtown area has a couple of cute cafes, along with four nail salons, and a couple gas stations. The town is not very lively, nor are the public school systems known for having a strong academic reputation, but the town has made significant changes in infrastructure over the years. Would recommend Fanwood for a young family, older couple, or anyone looking for a quiet small town in which to reside.