Introduction to Keyport, New Jersey

Keyport, New Jersey, in Monmouth county, is 5 miles NW of Middletown, New Jersey and 21 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. About 7,568 people live in Keyport.

Keyport History

In 1714, the Kearny family settled in the area and established a plantation featuring timber and produce. This plantation was auctioned off more than a century later, and the community of Keyport was established in 1830. It developed into a major shipping and shipbuilding center over the next few decades. The town of Keyport was formed on March 17, 1870. One of the pioneering aviation companies, the Aeromarine Plan & Motor Company, operated in Keyport from 1917 to 1937. On April 2, 1908, Keyport was reincorporated as a borough. The community is nicknamed the "Gateway to the Bayshore" or the "Pearl of the Bayshore".

Keyport and nearby Attractions

  • Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Steamboat Dock Museum
  • Allaire State Park
  • Keyport Fire Museum
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Staten Island Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Keyport

Keyport is home to the Steamboat Dock Museum and the Keyport Fire Museum. The Steamboat Dock Museum houses historically important artifacts and memorabilia, while the Keyport Fire Museum has equipment from the 19th century on display. The Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park features the Empire Fulton Ferry as well as a 9-acre waterfront park. At the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding and biking.

Keyport Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Keyport Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Brookdale Community College, Monmouth University and Middlesex County College.


Total Population 7,195
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,644
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $83,995
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 7.7%


People Living Alone 37.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,013
Median House Value $264,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.8%
Irish 23.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Keyport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Middletown, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Monmouth
Standard Zip Codes 07735
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.433
Longitude -74.2

Keyport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aberdeen 18,282 $100,913
Hazlet 20,185 $99,737
Keansburg 9,967 $67,452
Matawan 8,887 $97,165
South Amboy 8,787 $90,548
Union Beach 5,885 $69,904

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Keyport, New Jersey
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Keyport High Schools

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Serves 637 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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