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Fanwood, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of Fanwood in Union County. Inset: Location of Union County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Fanwood, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°38′30″N 74°23′08″W / 40.64167°N 74.38556°W / 40.64167; -74.38556Coordinates: 40°38′30″N 74°23′08″W / 40.64167°N 74.38556°W / 40.64167; -74.38556
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Union
Incorporated October 2, 1895
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Colleen Mahr
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 157 ft (48 m)
Population (2006)[2]
 - Total 7,211
 - Density 5,363.4/sq mi (2,070.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07023
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 34-22860[3][4]
GNIS feature ID 0885216[5]

Fanwood is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 7,174.

Fanwood was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 2, 1895, from portions of Fanwood Township (now known as Scotch Plains), based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.[6]



Fanwood is located at 40°38′31″N 74°23′07″W / 40.641852°N 74.385334°W / 40.641852; -74.385334 (40.641852, -74.385334).[7]

The borough is bordered by Plainfield in the southwest and by Scotch Plains in all other directions.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 1,681
1940 2,310 37.4%
1950 3,228 39.7%
1960 7,963 146.7%
1970 8,920 12.0%
1980 7,767 −12.9%
1990 7,115 −8.4%
2000 7,174 0.8%
Est. 2006 7,211 [2] 0.5%
Population 1930 - 1990.[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,174 people, 2,574 households, and 2,054 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,363.4 people per square mile (2,067.1/km2). There were 2,615 housing units at an average density of 1,955.0/sq mi (753.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 88.30% White, 5.14% African American, 0.10% Native American, 4.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.74% of the population.

There were 2,574 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $85,233, and the median income for a family was $99,232. Males had a median income of $65,519 versus $40,921 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,804. About 1.6% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Fanwood is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[9]

The Borough of Fanwood, incorporated in 1895, had its first Council Meeting on October 22, 1895. The Council is the legislative body of the municipality and may pass, adopt, amend and repeal any ordinance or where permitted, any resolution, for any purpose required for the government of the municipality, and also controls and regulates the finances of the municipality. The Council may investigate any activity of the municipality, remove any officer of the municipality for cause other than those excepted by law and shall have all the executive responsibilities of the municipality not placed by general law, in the office of the Mayor.

The Mayor of Fanwood is responsible for serving as the chief executive officer of borough government. The mayor presides over the Borough Council, appoints various boards and committees, oversees borough administration, and serves as the borough;'s ceremonial head.

The Mayor of Fanwood Borough is Colleen M. Mahr, elected in 2003. Current Fanwood Council Members are Donna Dolce, Katherine Mitchell, Anthony Parenti, David Valian, Bruce Walsh, and Joan Wheeler.[10]

Federal, state and county representation

Fanwood Borough is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 22nd Legislative District.[11]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, covering portions of Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Union County, is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 22nd District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the Assembly by Jerry Green (D, Plainfield) and Linda Stender (D, Fanwood).[12] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[13]

Union County is governed by a nine-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Union County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella (Roselle Park), Freeholder Vice Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan (Elizabeth), Angel G. Estrada (Elizabeth), Chester Holmes (Rahway), Bette Jane Kowalski (Cranford), Rick Proctor (Rahway), Deborah P. Scanlon (Union), Rayland Van Blake (Plainfield), and Nancy Ward (Linden).[14]


Public school students in Fanwood attend the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which has students in Grades PreK-12 from the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood. The district has five elementary schools (PreK-Grade 4), two middle schools (Grades 5-8), and one comprehensive high school (Grades 9-12).

Schools in the district (with 2006-07 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[15]) are:

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High School


The Fanwood station (also known as Fanwood-Scotch Plains), is a New Jersey Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line. The building on the north side of the tracks (westbound platform) is a Victorian building and, like the north building at Westfield, is used by a non-profit organization. The ticket office is in the station building on the south side of the tracks (eastbound platform). The station provides service to Penn Station in Newark, and from there to Hoboken Terminal or Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 25 minutes away.

Fanwood News Coverage

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch offers 24/7 news coverage of the two towns, including government, school affairs, business community features and more.

Notable residents

Some noted current and former residents include:


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Fanwood, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Census data for Fanwood borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 238.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  9. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 98.
  10. ^ Fanwood Borough Council, Fanwood Borough. Accessed June 16, 2008.
  11. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 57. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  12. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  13. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  14. ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed February 20, 2008.
  15. ^ Data for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 20, 2009.
  16. ^ Derrick Caracter, CSTV. Accessed November 30, 2007.
  17. ^ Pearce, Jeremy. "IN PERSON; Round Two", The New York Times, June 11, 2004. Accessed March 26, 2008. "His face appeared on the covers of Time and Sports Illustrated, and the den walls in his Fanwood home are covered with images of him at play with the rich and famous."
  18. ^ Rothenberg, Stuart. "Stuart Rothenberg: Key races in New Jersey, New York", CNN. June 14, 2000. Accessed July 29, 2007. "When all of the votes were counted in the June 6th primary, Democratic insiders found that primary voters had handed them a surprise: Maryanne Connelly. The former AT&T employee and mayor of Fanwood upset Union County manager Mike Lapolla, who had the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and every county party organization in the congressional district."
  19. ^ Cunningham, Grainne. "Big Apple's Rose woos Tralee to win the crown", The Independent, August 23, 2000. Accessed July 29, 2007. "Last night Roisin Ryan Egenton from Fanwood, New Jersey was crowned as the ``loveliest and fairest of 28 girls from around the world."
  20. ^ "William Lowell Jr., Is Dead; An Industrial Packager, 78". New York Times. May 14, 1976. "William Lowell Jr., a former manufacturer of golf tees and an industrial packaging specialist, died Wednesday at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey He was 78 years old and lived in Fanwood, New Jersey"  
  21. ^ Linda Stender legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed July 24, 2007.

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