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Eatontown, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Eatontown
Downtown Eatontown at Main Street (Route 35) and Broad Street (Route 71/CR 537)
Downtown Eatontown at Main Street (Route 35) and Broad Street (Route 71/CR 537)
Map of Eatontown in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Eatontown in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Eatontown, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Eatontown, New Jersey
Country United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated April 4, 1873 as township
Incorporated March 8, 1926 as borough
Named for Thomas Eaton
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 5.89 sq mi (15.26 km2)
 • Land 5.84 sq mi (15.13 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)  0.87%
Area rank 260th of 565 in state
18th of 53 in county
Elevation
52 ft (16 m)
Population
 • Total 12,709
 • Estimate 
(2019)
12,157
 • Rank 192nd of 566 in state
15th of 53 in county
 • Density 2,181.5/sq mi (842.3/km2)
 • Density rank 278th of 566 in state
33rd of 53 in county
Time zone UTC– 05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC– 04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
07724, 07799
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402519840
GNIS feature ID 0885202

Eatontown is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the borough's population was 12,709, reflecting a decline of 1,299 (−9.3%) from the 14,008 counted in the 2000 Census.

What is now Eatontown was originally incorporated as Eatontown Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 4, 1873, from portions of Ocean Township and Shrewsbury Township. Portions of the township were taken to form West Long Branch (April 7, 1908) and Oceanport (April 6, 1920). Eatontown was reincorporated as a borough on March 8, 1926, replacing Eatontown Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 13, 1926. The borough was named for Thomas Eaton, an early settler who built a mill c. 1670.

The United States Army's Fort Monmouth operated in Eatontown from 1917 until its closure in September 2011, based on recommendations from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. It was home to the United States Army Materiel Command's (AMC) Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM). Fort Monmouth was also home to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (or USMAPS), which trains approximately 250 students per year to enter as freshmen (plebes) at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In the center of Eatontown is the Monmouth Mall, located at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 36, featuring a variety of stores, restaurants, and a 15-screen cineplex, with a gross leasable area of 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2). Celebrity chef Bobby Flay previously owned a restaurant in Eatontown.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.876 square miles (15.219 km2), including 5.826 square miles (15.089 km2) of land and 0.050 square miles (0.130 km2) of water (0.85%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Locust Grove.

The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Shrewsbury borough on the north, Oceanport to the northeast, West Long Branch to the east, Ocean Township to the south and Tinton Falls to the west.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,642
1890 2,953 11.8%
1900 3,021 2.3%
1910 2,076 −31.3%
1920 2,682 29.2%
1930 1,938 −27.7%
1940 1,758 −9.3%
1950 3,044 73.2%
1960 10,334 239.5%
1970 14,619 41.5%
1980 12,703 −13.1%
1990 13,800 8.6%
2000 14,008 1.5%
2010 12,709 −9.3%
2019 (est.) 12,157 −4.3%
Population sources:
1880–1920 1880–1890
1890–1910 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,709 people, 5,319 households, and 3,138 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,181.5 per square mile (842.3/km2). There were 5,723 housing units at an average density of 982.3 per square mile (379.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 71.29% (9,060) White, 12.41% (1,577) Black or African American, 0.28% (36) Native American, 8.67% (1,102) Asian, 0.09% (11) Pacific Islander, 3.64% (463) from other races, and 3.62% (460) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.36% (1,571) of the population.

There were 5,319 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,188 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,468) and the median family income was $77,846 (+/- $8,290). Males had a median income of $56,086 (+/- $7,155) versus $43,750 (+/- $5,817) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,200 (+/- $2,933). About 6.4% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 14,008 people, 5,780 households, and 3,444 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,366.8 people per square mile (913.6/km2). There were 6,341 housing units at an average density of 1,071.4 per square mile (413.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 73.29% White, 11.61% African American, 0.34% Native American, 9.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.31% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.62% of the population.

There were 5,780 households, out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $53,833, and the median income for a family was $69,397. Males had a median income of $49,508 versus $35,109 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,965. About 3.5% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.<graph>{ "version": 2, "width": 500, "height": 200, "data": [ { "name": "table", "values": [ { "x": 1880, "y": 2642 }, { "x": 1890, "y": 2953 }, { "x": 1900, "y": 3021 }, { "x": 1910, "y": 2076 }, { "x": 1920, "y": 2682 }, { "x": 1930, "y": 1938 }, { "x": 1940, "y": 1758 }, { "x": 1950, "y": 3044 }, { "x": 1960, "y": 10334 }, { "x": 1970, "y": 14619 }, { "x": 1980, "y": 12703 }, { "x": 1990, "y": 13800 }, { "x": 2000, "y": 14008 }, { "x": 2010, "y": 12709 } ] } ], "scales": [ { "name": "x", "type": "ordinal", "range": "width", "zero": false, "domain": { "data": "table", "field": "x" } }, { "name": "y", "type": "linear", "range": "height", "nice": true, "domain": { "data": "table", "field": "y" } } ], "axes": [ { "type": "x", "scale": "x" }, { "type": "y", "scale": "y" } ], "marks": [ { "type": "rect", "from": { "data": "table" }, "properties": { "enter": { "x": { "scale": "x", "field": "x" }, "y": { "scale": "y", "field": "y" }, "y2": { "scale": "y", "value": 0 }, "fill": { "value": "steelblue" }, "width": { "scale": "x", "band": "true", "offset": -1 } } } } ] }</graph>

Transportation

Roads and highways

2021-09-08 15 20 45 View west along New Jersey State Route 36 from the overpass for the ramp to New Jersey State Route 18 in Eatontown, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Route 36 in Eatontown

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 50.45 miles (81.19 km) of roadways, of which 36.84 miles (59.29 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.82 miles (9.37 km) by Monmouth County and 7.79 miles (12.54 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Several state highways pass through Eatontown. These include the freeway portion of Route 18 in the southwestern part of town, Route 35 and Route 36 in the center of town, and Route 71 in the north. Major county roads that pass through Eatontown include CR 537 and CR 547.

The Garden State Parkway, the largest highway in Monmouth County, is accessible just outside the borough in neighboring Tinton Falls at exit 105.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides local bus transportation on the 831 and 832 routes.

Complete Streets

Created in May 2018, the goal of the Eatontown Complete Streets Advisory Committee is to establish a walkable and bikeable community that is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Education

Students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Eatontown Public Schools. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 962 students and 101.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.5:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Meadowbrook Elementary School with 292 students in grades K-2), Woodmere Elementary School with 232 students in grades PreK and 3–4, Margaret L. Vetter Elementary School with 199 students in grades 5–6 and Memorial Middle School with 220 students in grades 7 and 8.

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Monmouth Regional High School, located in Tinton Falls. The high school is part of the Monmouth Regional High School District, which also serves students from Shrewsbury Township and Tinton Falls, along with students from Naval Weapons Station Earle. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 972 students and 91.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.7:1. Seats on the nine-member board of education for the high school district are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with three seats allocated to Eatontown.

Eatontown is also home to Hawkswood School, a school founded in 1976 that serves the educational needs of disabled students in the area "with complex, multiple disabilities, including autism".

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Eatontown, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Eatontown include:

  • Preet Bharara (born 1968), former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
  • Joe Bravo (born 1971), thoroughbred horse racing jockey.
  • Herman Edwards (born 1954), football analyst and former NFL head coach.
  • June Elvidge (1893–1965), film actress.
  • Houston Fields (1861–1899), sheriff of Monmouth County.
  • Liati Mayk-Hai (born 1981) singer-songwriter, visual artist, poet and athlete.
  • Melissa Reeves (born 1967), actress who has played the role of Jennifer Horton on Days of Our Lives since 1985.
  • Kevin Ritz (born 1965), former MLB pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies.
  • Cindy Lee Van Dover (born 1954), oceanographer, who also studies biodiversity, biogeochemistry, conservation biology, ecology and marine science.
  • Peter Vredenburgh Jr. (1837–1864), lawyer and Union Army major.
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