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#5 in Best Places to Live in Union County

Fanwood is a suburb of New York City and 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) around the Central Railroad of New Jersey, which passed through during the 1800s and was named for Fannie Wood, an author. The old Fanwood train station, built in 1874, stands as the oldest original train station in Union County and remains the center of many community activities. It houses the Fanwood Museum and is a meeting place for various groups.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,318 reflecting an increase of 144 (+2.0%) from the 7,174 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 59 (+0.8%) from the 7,115 counted in the 1990 Census.

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