Fairview is a borough located in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a total population of 13,835, reflecting an increase of 580 (+4.4%) from the 13,255 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,522 (+23.5%) from the 10,733 counted in the 1990 Census.
Fairview was formed on December 19, 1894, from portions of Ridgefield Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. The borough is named for its view of the Hackensack River valley.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.85 square miles (2.19 km2), including 0.84 square miles (2.19 km2) of land and <0.01 square miles (<0.01 km2) of water (0.24%).
The borough borders the municipalities of Cliffside Park and Ridgefield in Bergen County; and North Bergen in Hudson County.
Fairview Cemetery and Mount Moriah Cemetery are located along the western slope of the Hudson Palisades.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $43,341 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,441) and the median family income was $53,285 (+/- $6,982). Males had a median income of $36,241 (+/- $8,067) versus $32,069 (+/- $7,902) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,477 (+/- $1,520). About 11.4% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 13,255 people, 4,861 households, and 3,179 families residing in the borough. The population density was 15,585.5 people per square mile (6,020.9/km2). There were 4,988 housing units at an average density of 5,865.0 per square mile (2,265.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 72.46% White, 1.71% African American, 0.38% Native American, 4.97% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 12.92% from other races, and 7.53% from two or more races. 37.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the 2000 Census, 4.6% of Fairview's residents identified themselves as being of Croatian ancestry. This was the 16th-highest percentage in the United States and the highest percentage of people with Croatian ancestry in any place in New Jersey with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry. In the same census, 2.4% of Fairview's residents identified themselves as being of Armenian American ancestry, the 18th highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry. As of the 2000 Census, 1.9% of residents identified themselves as being of Turkish American ancestry, the third-highest of any municipality in the United States and second-highest in the state.
There were 4,861 households, out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.1% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $40,393, and the median income for a family was $46,365. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $29,905 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,835. 11.8% of the population and 9.3% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.2% of those under the age of 18 and 8.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Fairview is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 564) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Fairview is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
, the Mayor of Fairview is Democrat Vincent A. Bellucci Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Fairview Borough Council are Council President Stephen Burke (D, 2023), Violetta Berisha (D, 2022), Jhon Gomez (D, 2024), Albert Lukin (D, 2023), Russell Martin (D, 2022) and Stephen J. Russo (D, 2024).
In May 2017, the Borough Council selected Violetta Berisha to fill the seat expiring December 2019 that became vacant following the resignation of John Rossi. Berisha served on an interim basis until the November 2017 general election, when she was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.
Russell Martin was named in January 2012 to fill the council vacancy of the seat that had been held by John Pierotti following his death, and won the remainder of the term the 2012 General Election, running unopposed for the seat.
Federal, state and county representation
Fairview is located in the 8th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 32nd state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Fairview had been part of the , a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,945 registered voters in Fairview, of which 2,374 (48.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 487 (9.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,082 (42.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 35.7% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 44.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,549 votes (71.6% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 944 votes (26.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 27 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 3,562 ballots cast by the borough's 5,456 registered voters, for a turnout of 65.3% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,608 votes (66.9% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,193 votes (30.6% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 36 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 3,899 ballots cast by the borough's 5,703 registered voters, for a turnout of 68.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,262 votes (62.9% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,296 votes (36.0% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 21 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 3,599 ballots cast by the borough's 5,661 registered voters, for a turnout of 63.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 55.3% of the vote (976 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 43.5% (767 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (22 votes), among the 1,862 ballots cast by the borough's 5,088 registered voters (97 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 36.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,445 ballots cast (63.7% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 690 votes (30.4% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 85 votes (3.7% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 17 votes (0.7% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,268 ballots cast by the borough's 5,356 registered voters, yielding a 42.3% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Fairview Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 1,507 students and 93.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.2:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are
Lincoln School Annex with 232 students in grades PreK-K,
Number 3 School / Number Three School Annex with 546 students in grades K-3 and
Lincoln School with 667 students in grades 4–8.
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students from Fairview attend Cliffside Park High School in Cliffside Park as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Cliffside Park School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,196 students and 92.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. The Fairview Board of Education appoints a representative to serve on the board of the Cliffside Park district.
Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
Roads and highways
, the borough had a total of of roadways, of which were maintained by the municipality, by Bergen County and by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
U.S. Route 1/9, Route 63, and County Route 501 travel through Fairview, with the southern terminus of Route 63 at Fairview.
Fairview is served by NJ Transit bus routes 127, 128, 154, 156, 159, 165, 166 and 168, which provide service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 181 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; the 83 to Jersey City; and local service on the 751 and 755 routes. Many of these routes converge at the border with Hudson County at Nungessers.
The privately owned FT 9X operates between Nungesser's (at 90th Street and Bergenline Avenue) in North Bergen, Hudson County to the GWB Bus Terminal via Palisade Avenue; this last route passes through Fairview for one block between Hamilton Avenue / Woodcliff Avenue to Anderson Avenue / Woodcliff Avenue.
NJ Transit plans to extend the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail through Fairview as part of the Northern Branch Corridor Project, which would run along the Northern Branch right-of-way. The plans include a stop near the county line in North Bergen at 91st Street.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Fairview include:
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