With lavish oceanfront homes in the east and vast horse farms to the west, Monmouth County, NJ ranks 42nd among the highest income counties in the United States. As of the 2010 Census, Monmouth County had a population of 630,380 and a median household income of $64,271.
Monmouth County, one of New Jersey’s original four counties, was established in 1675. Its name is a source of debate and may come from the Rhode Island Monmouth Society, Monmouthshire in Wales, Great Britain, or James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth. In 1778, the soldiers led by George Washington fought in the Battle of Monmouth near the present day county seat of Freehold in the longest land battle during the Revolutionary War.
A boating and fishing hub, Monmouth County rivers and bays flow into New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Major roadways include the Garden State Parkway (exits 98-117), US Route 9, and Routes 18, 33, 34, 35, 36, 66, 71 and 79. NJ Transit buses provide service throughout the county and to New York City, as do Academy and Coach USA buses. Monmouth County is also home to 14 train stops along NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line.