Fairfield has a population of around 7,500 residents. This small, peaceful community enjoys a balanced mix of young families, middle-aged professionals, and retirees.
While the population has remained relatively stable over the past decade, some growth is expected as Fairfield’s high livability draws newcomers.
Fairfield traces its early roots to horse farms and orchards. The town was officially incorporated in 1924 when farmland was developed into housing.
Historic landmarks like the Fairfield Circle with its marble monument and the historic 1790s Daniel Haines House connect modern-day Fairfield to its past.
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Quality of Life
Excellent schools, low crime, and abundant parks and recreation give Fairfield an enviable quality of life.
The town center offers shops and eateries with community events like summer concerts at Memorial Park. Miles of wooded trails allow enjoying the outdoors. With a close-knit, family-friendly vibe, Fairfield makes it easy to feel at home.
Residents have access to top-notch healthcare options in Fairfield and nearby. St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson is minutes away, providing specialized services.
Local clinics and urgent care provide convenient wellness and sickness care. Public health initiatives like free blood pressure screenings further community wellbeing.
Low crime rates reinforce a sense of safety in Fairfield. Violent crime is extremely rare, with only an occasional burglary or theft.
Proactive policing like DARE programs and Citizens Crime Watch promote security. Locals feel comfortable being out day or night.
Fairfield residents enjoy quick access to highways like Route 80, Route 46, and Route 287. Within town, roadways are well-connected.
The local bus system provides transportation around town and to neighboring cities. Most errands can be accomplished by car or bike. The nearby train station also allows travel to New York City.
Shopping and Dining
Downtown Fairfield offers quintessential small town shopping and dining. The neighborhood has specialty boutiques, salons, cafes, and restaurants, many locally owned.
Just outside town, malls like Willowbrook Mall expand options. The weekly Farmers Market provides fresh local produce.
The West Essex Regional School District provides K-12 education with a graduation rate over 95%. Students attend elementary and middle schools before moving onto Fairfield Regional High School. Private school alternatives like Winston Preparatory School are also available.
Points of Interest
- Horseshoe Lake – Enjoy boating, fishing, trails, and more at this scenic county park surrounding a peaceful 220-acre lake.
- Marge’s Dive Bar – Since 1934, locals have gathered at this landmark bar and restaurant hosting live music. The simple pub grub hits the spot.
- Essex County Turtle Back Zoo – Families appreciate this county zoo focused on education and wildlife conservation located right in town.
- Stickley Museum – Learn about famed furniture designer Gustav Stickley’s Arts & Crafts movement at this historic manor house museum.
With its blend of small town warmth, natural beauty, and community spirit, Fairfield offers an excellent quality of life in northern New Jersey.
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