Introduction to Middletown, New Jersey

Middletown, New Jersey, in Monmouth county, is 23 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. In 2006 Middletown was ranked 50th in CNN Money's list of Best Places to live. Belford, Lincroft, Fairveiw, Portmouth, North Middletown, Leonardo and Navesink, are unincorporated areas situated within Middletown Township. It's located along the Navesink River and includes a collection of distinctive neighborhoods.

Middletown History

In the mid-1660's English residents of western Long Island and New England established settlements. Three villages were founded, Shrewsbury, Portland Point and Middletown. During the Revolutionary War some important landholding families gave their loyalty to England while others were on the side of the Colonials. Beginning in the early days, Middletown has been known for its numerous distinct neighborhoods.

Farming was prominent in the area and agricultural items were transported to other regions. The fish processing industry was a significant factor for the economy. The township experienced significant population growth after World War II ended. During the third quarter of the 20th Century, Middletown was converted from an agricultural rural region to a suburban community.

Middletown Attractions

  • Middletown Arts Center.
  • Middletown Day features a variety of family entertainment.
  • Summer Concert Series.
  • The Village at Middletown is a National Register of Historic Places historic district.
  • Starland Ballroom.
  • The Moses D. Heath Farm Exhibit features a blacksmith shop and antique farm equipment.
  • New Jersey Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Foundation.
  • Deep Cut Gardens features a variety of native plants.
  • Longstreet Farm.
  • Poricy Park Conservatory offers events and programs regarding the natural history of the region and the history of the region's Native Americans.
  • Monmouth Museum.
  • The PNC Bank Arts Center offers a variety of entertainment.
  • The Asbury Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre features a variety of concerts.
  • Malprit Hall.

Middletown Activities

The town includes a vast number of parks for outdoor activities. Middletown offers numerous recreation centers. The nearby Runaway Rapids Water Park, Astroland Amusement Park and Keansburg Amusement Park are popular with families. The close by Shadow Lake is utilized for paddling and canoeing. The township offers a variety of festivities and events each year.

The Waterfront Park and the Monmouth Cove Marina are popular destinations. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, golfing, bicycle riding and picnicking. The wooded areas provide a variety of outdoor activities. Tatum Park features scenic wooded areas and trails. The Huber Woods Park includes trails for bicycle riding, hiking and horseback riding.

Middletown Transportation

The township includes a New Jersey Transit rail station.

Middletown Higher Education

Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College are close by.


Total Population 66,290
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 32,575
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 57.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.5%
Median Earnings25+ $60,074
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,594
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,962


Median Family Income $122,876
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 11.8%


People Living Alone 22%
Median Gross Rent $1,267
Median House Value $395,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0.5%
English 6.4%
Irish 32.8%

Middletown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Monmouth
Standard Zip Codes 07748
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.394
Longitude -74.117

Middletown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.1 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 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Middletown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

New Monmouth (07748)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantic Highlands 4,357 $113,472
Hazlet 20,253 $101,023
Keansburg 10,011 $62,284
Lincroft 6,436 $146,250
Red Bank 12,250 $70,938
Union Beach 6,040 $80,833

Middletown Public Libraries

Middletown Township Public Library
Middletown, New Jersey
(732) 671-3700
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