Introduction to Matawan, New Jersey

Matawan, New Jersey is 6 miles W of Middletown, New Jersey (center to center) and 22 miles S of Newark, New Jersey.

Matawan History

The Lenni-Lenape tribe of Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. The Dutch, who arrived in 1650, failed to establish a permanent settlement, but are still credited as having founded the community. Scotch Irish settlers arrived in the late 17th century, and named the area "New Aberdeen." Portions of Raritan Township were taken to form Matavan Township. It was incorporated on February 23, 1857, and is now known as Aberdeen Township. The borough of Matawan was incorporated on June 28th, 1895, from parts of the Matavan Township. According to one tradition, the community was named "Matawan" after an Algonquian term which meant "where two rivers meet." However, another tradition states that it was derived from an Indian word meaning "enchanted skin." In 1916, three shark attacks took place in the Matawan Creek, resulting in the death of two people.

Matawan and Nearby Attractions

  • Monmouth Museum
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Rutgers Gardens
  • New York Aquarium

Things To Do In Matawan

Steamboat Dock Museum, East Brunswick Museum, and Monmouth Museum showcase artifacts of historical importance. The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island have a museum which depicts the history of immigration. Monmouth Battlefield, another place of historic significance, is the site where a Revolutionary War battle took place in 1778. The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park occupies about 70 miles along the canal, and features facilities for boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and picnicking. Rutgers Gardens, New York Aquarium, Staten Island Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo are other popular attractions in the area.

Matawan Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Matawan Higher Education

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


Total Population 8,887
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,721
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 53%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.1%
Median Earnings25+ $50,741
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $43,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,487


Median Family Income $97,165
% Above Poverty Level 92.3%
% Below Poverty Level 7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 13.2%


People Living Alone 28.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,262
Median House Value $318,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 27.8%

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

Matawan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Middletown, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Monmouth
Standard Zip Codes 07747
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.414
Longitude -74.23

Matawan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.9 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 13.2 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 15.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aberdeen 18,282 $100,913
Hazlet 20,185 $99,737
Holmdel 16,684 $156,458
Keyport 7,195 $83,995
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/.

Matawan Public Libraries

Matawan-aberdeen Public Library
Matawan, New Jersey
(732) 583-9100

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