Monmouth County

Considering a relocation to Monmouth County, New Jersey? The northernmost county on the Jersey Shore, Monmouth is an ideal location for those who love the outdoors, whether that’s camping in one of its many parks, sailing around its many rivers and bays or consuming fresh produce from local farms. People of all ages will love the many activities, attractions and amenities found here, making it a great place to work, live and raise a family. Learn more about life in Monmouth County, including local schools, weather and things to do and see.

Year Founded: 1683

Population as of 2014: 629,279

Land Area (sq. miles): 468.79

Median Age: 42

Median Household Income: $88,413

Median Home Price: $387,900

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 72° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 45° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 46 inches
  • Snowfall: 28 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Healthcare, real estate and IT have seen positive growth in the area in recent years.

Major Employers: Meridian Health System, Centra State Healthcare Systems, Monmouth Medical Center, Hovnanian Enterprises, Commvault.

Education:

  • Monmouth County, New Jersey Schools:
    • 190 public schools serving 104,458 students
      • 60 preschools serving 24,016 students
      • 115 elementary schools serving 45,386 students
      • 41 middle schools serving 24,456 students
        • 40 high schools serving 34,764 students
      • 144 private schools serving 20,824 students

Nearest Major City: Approximately 30 miles to New York City.

Local Radio Stations:

  • WNYE (91.5) Public Radio
  • WNSH (94.7 FM) Country Radio
  • WHTZ (100.3 FM) Top 40 Radio
  • WCBS (101.1 FM) Classic Hits Radio
  • WKTU (103.5 FM) Top 40 Radio

Public Transit: New Jersey Transit (bus and rail)

Parks, Beaches and Other Recreation:

  • Monmouth County has many park areas to explore. Clayton Park is home to trails that permit hikers, equestrians and bicyclists. Tatum Park is perfect for picnickers with tables and a playground in a gorgeous setting. For water activities such as fishing and canoeing, check out Crosswicks Creek Park.
  • Counting down the days until it’s beach weather? Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park features a 38-acre beach where visitors can swim, surf and simply relax in the sun. For a smaller-scale beach day getaway, visit Bayshore Waterfront Park where you can swim, fish and enjoy scenic views of the New York skyline; or visit the 55 acres of the Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area.
  • Avid golfers can enjoy the many different courses found in Monmouth County. Hominy Hill Golf Course is a highly rated course and has been voted multiple times as “The Best Public Golf Course” in New Jersey. Or, check out the Short Game Area at the Charleston Springs Golf Course. For an executive-length course, visit Pine Brook or Bel-Aire. Interested in taking your golf game to the next level? Have a go at the challenging par-71 course at Shark River.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • First Avenue Playhouse, which features original plays, comedies and musicals, is a top-rated venue on TripAdvisor and a must-visit in Monmouth County.
  • The Grove at Shrewsbruy is an outdoor shopping destination with more than 50 retail stores and boutiques, as well as restaurants.
  • Cream Ridge Winery is a must for wine enthusiasts. The family-owned and –operated winery offers wine tastings, workshops and other special events.
  • The local Carton Brewery has been rated “The Best Brewery” by Yelp. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery or choose a beer flight. Kane Brewing Company, located in Ocean Township, also offers tasting of their local craft beer, as well as tours and a store to bring home your favorite bottles, cans or growlers in their brewery store.

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