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Overview

Introduction to Middletown, New Jersey

Middletown, New Jersey, in Monmouth county, is 23 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. 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-1660s 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.

People

Total Population66,291
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+31,807
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married58%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.1%
Median Earnings25+$58,565
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,425

Wealth

Median Family Income$124,086
% Above Poverty Level95.5%
% Below Poverty Level4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation11.9%

Housing

People Living Alone21.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,253
Median House Value$397,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.7%
US/American0.6%
English6.4%
Irish32.6%

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

Middletown Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City23 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
CountyMonmouth
Standard Zip Codes07748
Phone Area Codes732
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude40.394
Longitude-74.117

Middletown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSANDY HOOK
Distance8.1 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
StationLONG BRANCH OAKHURST
Distance10.8 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
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atlantic Highlands4,346$121,393
Hazlet20,185$99,737
Keansburg9,967$67,452
Lincroft6,431$146,818
Red Bank12,238$63,977
Union Beach5,885$69,904

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

Middletown Public Libraries

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Middletown Township Public Library
55 NEW MONMOUTH ROAD
Middletown, New Jersey
(732) 671-3700
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Middletown High Schools

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63 TINDALL ROAD
732-706-6061
Serves 1,683 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

MIDDLETOWN H S SOUTH
501 NUT SWAMP ROAD
732-706-6111
Serves 1,414 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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