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Fair Haven, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Fair Haven
Fisk Chapel
Map of Fair Haven in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Fair Haven in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Fair Haven, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Fair Haven, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated April 23, 1912
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.47 km2)
 • Land 1.59 sq mi (4.13 km2)
 • Water 0.52 sq mi (1.34 km2)  24.55%
Area rank 401st of 565 in state
29th of 53 in county
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 • Total 6,121
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,736
 • Rank 340th of 566 in state
27th of 53 in county
 • Density 3,832.5/sq mi (1,479.7/km2)
 • Density rank 161st of 566 in state
16th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07704
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402522440
GNIS feature ID 0885213

Fair Haven is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, along the Navesink River and is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. Fair Haven is located on the Rumson peninsula and is bordered by Red Bank and Little Silver to the west. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,121, reflecting an increase of 184 (+3.1%) from the 5,937 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 667 (+12.7%) from the 5,270 counted in the 1990 Census.

Fair Haven was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 28, 1912, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, subject to the results of a referendum held on April 23, 1912. Portions of the borough were exchanged with Red Bank on June 17, 1957.

History

Fair Haven, NJ business district
The central business district of Fair Haven along River Road (CR 10)

Fair Haven's first permanent settlement dates to a structure built in 1816 at the Navesink River near today's Fair Haven Road. By the mid-19th century, steamboats stopped at "Chandler's Dock" on a route between Red Bank and New York City, bringing visitors to the area and local oysters to the city. Fisk Chapel was rebuilt in 1882 to accommodate the borough's African American population.

Fair Haven has an annual Fireman's Fair during the last weekend of summer including Labor Day weekend which attracts a couple of thousand people, including noted musicians Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. The Fair Haven Fireman's Fair also has a Fireman's night and invites all firefighters from any other firehouse to come and join in the festivities. The Fireman's Fair used to raffle off a car each year, but most attendees already had their own cars and the decision was made in the 1990s to switch to a 50/50 raffle whose prize can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. The fair is on the Fire Company grounds.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.112 square miles (5.470 km2), including 1.597 square miles (4.137 km2) of land and 0.515 square miles (1.334 km2) of water (24.38%).

The borough borders the Monmouth County communities of Little Silver, Middletown Township, Red Bank and Rumson.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,295
1930 2,260 74.5%
1940 2,491 10.2%
1950 3,560 42.9%
1960 5,678 59.5%
1970 6,142 8.2%
1980 5,679 −7.5%
1990 5,270 −7.2%
2000 5,937 12.7%
2010 6,121 3.1%
2019 (est.) 5,736 −6.3%
Population sources: 1920 1920-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,121 people, 1,970 households, and 1,659 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,832.5 per square mile (1,479.7/km2). There were 2,065 housing units at an average density of 1,292.9 per square mile (499.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 94.63% (5,792) White, 2.50% (153) Black or African American, 0.10% (6) Native American, 1.08% (66) Asian, 0.10% (6) Pacific Islander, 0.44% (27) from other races, and 1.16% (71) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.70% (165) of the population.

There were 1,970 households out of which 51.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 34.4% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 91.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $112,308 (with a margin of error of +/- $18,209) and the median family income was $113,546 (+/- $18,045). Males had a median income of $109,643 (+/- $28,479) versus $62,083 (+/- $15,309) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $54,241 (+/- $6,162). About 0.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 23.95 miles (38.54 km) of roadways, of which 21.40 miles (34.44 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.55 miles (4.10 km) by Monmouth County.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides local service on the 835 route. The nearest train station is at Red Bank, where service is available on the North Jersey Coast Line.

Education

The Fair Haven Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 966 students and 88.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Viola L. Sickles School wit 401 students in grades PreK-3 and Knollwood School with 564 students in grades 4-8.

Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, together with students from Rumson, where the school is located. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 983 students and 84.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. In 2016, Newsweek ranked RFH the 144th best high school in the United States. Seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with four seats assigned to Fair Haven.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Fair Haven include:

  • Schuyler DeBree (born 1996), professional soccer player who plays as a defender for North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League.
  • Clinton B. Fisk (1828-1890), senior officer during the Reconstruction Era in the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, who was the namesake of Fisk University.
  • Jacquelyn Jablonski (born 1991), fashion model.
  • Connor Jaeger (born 1991), Men's 1500 meter swimmer who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, and winner of the silver medal in the 1500 meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), lived in Fair Haven while coaching with the New York Giants.
  • Robert W. Lucky (born 1936), engineer.
  • Bruce Mapes (1901–1961), figure skating pioneer who invented the flip jump and the toe loop jump.
  • Kevin Ryan (born 1967). president and CEO of Covenant House International.

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