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.
Seastreak provides daily year-round ferry services from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands to various ports in New York City, while New York Waterways provides ferry service from the Belford Ferry terminal. Leisure tours of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty by ferry are also popular.
Monmouth County students are served by 24 high schools and a number of parochial and private schools in more than 50 municipalities. The Monmouth County Vocational School District includes five full-time specialty schools – the Academy of Allied Health and Science, Biotechnology High School, Communications High School, High Technology High School, and Marine Academy of Science and Technology.
Monmouth University is a four-year private university in West Long Branch, and Brookdale Community College is the two-year community college for Monmouth County. Rutgers University also offers Bachelor degree completion programs at Brookdale’s Freehold campus.
Monmouth County beaches from Sandy Hook and Manasquan are favorite destinations of both local residents and tourists. You’ll find plenty of great shopping at Monmouth Mall, Freehold Raceway Mall and Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. Auto racing enthusiasts flock to Raceway Park in Englishtown and Wall Stadium Speedway. Monmouth Park has been hosting live horse racing since 1870 and Freehold Raceway has been hosting live harness racing since 1853.