Fair Haven, New Jersey

Fair Haven, New Jersey

Fair Haven is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey along the Navesink River. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 5,937.

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


Fair Haven is located at (40.360581, -74.037387).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²) of it is land and 0.60% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 5,937 people, 1,998 households, and 1,658 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,559.3 people per square mile (1,372.6/km²). There were 2,037 housing units at an average density of 1,221.2/sq mi (471.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.87% White, 4.09% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 1,998 households out of which 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 15.2% 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 2.97 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the borough the population was spread out with 33.0% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $97,220, and the median income for a family was $109,760. Males had a median income of $83,657 versus $51,389 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $44,018. About 1.6% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Fair Haven is governed by the Borough form of government, with a mayor and a six-member Borough Council. The mayor serves a four-year term. Borough Council members serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year. All officials are elected at-large on a partisan basis.

The Mayor of the Borough of Fair Haven is Michael Halfacre, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2010. Members of the Fair Haven Borough Council are Council President Thomas J. Gilmour (2009), Jerome A. Koch (2008), Jon Peters (2007), Christopher Rinn (2009), John Lehnert (2010) and James P. Banahan (2010).

Fair Haven is a participating municipality in an initiative to study regionalizing their municipal police force with one or more municipalities. The borough received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in the amount of $40,950 along with the Boroughs of Rumson, Little Silver, Oceanport and Shrewsbury to hire professional consultants to conduct the study on their behalf. A report is due before the end of 2007.

Federal, state and county representation

Fair Haven is in the Twelfth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 12th Legislative District.


The Fair Haven Public Schools includes the following schools (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics): The Viola L. Sickles School (PreK-3, 416 students) and the Knollwood School (grades 4-8, 576 students).

Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, together with students from Rumson. The high school is located in Rumson and had an enrollment of 945 students in the 2005-06 school year.


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.

Fair Haven has a annual Fireman's Fair during the last week of August which attracts a couple thousand people, including noted musicians Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Fair Haven include:


George Berry - First African American Councilman. Born August 13, 1927 in Fair Haven.

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