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.

Matawan Almanac

County Monmouth County
Standard Zip Codes7747
Phone Area Codes732,848
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.41
Approximate 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)

Distance6.9 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 66 F
Annual Precip46.7 inches
Distance13.2 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp68 to 83 F
Oct Temp49 to 64 F
Annual Precip43.5 inches
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 65 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Matawan Public Libraries

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

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Matawan Public Schools

Cheesequake Elementary School
111 Route 34
ZIP: 7747
(732) 360-4552
Total Enrollment 288
Old Bridge High School
4209 Route 516
ZIP: 7747
(732) 290-3900
Total Enrollment 2949
Ravine Drive Elementary School
170 Ravine Drive
ZIP: 7747
(732) 705-5800
Total Enrollment 408

Matawan Private Schools

First Friends Child Care School
269 State Route 34
ZIP: 7747
Total Enrollment 17
Goddard School Of Old Bridge I
300 Belchase Ct
ZIP: 7747
Total Enrollment 15
Matawan Montessori Academy
432 State Route 34 Ste 4
ZIP: 7747
Total Enrollment 16
Minding Miracles Learning Center
90 Springhill Rd
ZIP: 7747
Total Enrollment 10
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