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Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Manalapan
Rolling hills of Monmouth Battlefield and farmland
Rolling hills of Monmouth Battlefield and farmland
Motto(s): 
A great place to live
Map of Manalapan Township in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Manalapan Township in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Location in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey is located in the United States
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Manalapan Township, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated March 9, 1848
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 30.88 sq mi (79.99 km2)
 • Land 30.65 sq mi (79.39 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)  0.75%
Area rank 85th of 565 in state
8th of 53 in county
Elevation
102 ft (31 m)
Population
 • Total 40,905
 • Rank 58th of 566 in state
4th of 53 in county
 • Density 1,270.0/sq mi (490.3/km2)
 • Density rank 354th of 566 in state
43rd of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07726 - Englishtown
Area code(s) 732/848
FIPS code 3402542990
GNIS feature ID 0882117

Manalapan Township ( mə-nal-ə-pin) is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The township is centrally located within the Raritan Valley region and is a part of the New York Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 38,872, representing an increase of 5,449 (+16.3%) from the 33,423 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6,707 (+25.1%) from the 26,716 counted in the 1990 Census.

The name "Manalapan" is derived from a word in the Lenape language that would mean either "land of good bread", "good land to settle upon", "good bread" or "covered swamp with edible roots".

History

The Battle of Monmouth was fought in 1778 on land that is now part of Manalapan and Freehold townships. Monmouth Battlefield State Park occupies 2,928 acres (1,185 ha) in the two townships.

Manalapan Township was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 9, 1848, from portions of Freehold Township. Englishtown was formed as a borough from portions of Manalapan on January 4, 1888, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 30.839 square miles (79.873 km2), including 30.607 square miles (79.271 km2) of land and 0.232 square miles (0.602 km2) of water (0.75%). The township has an elevation of 82 feet (25 m).

The township completely surrounds Englishtown, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another. The township borders Freehold Township, Millstone Township, Marlboro Township, Old Bridge Township in Monmouth County, and Monroe Township in Middlesex County.

Yorketown (with a 2010 Census population of 6,535) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Manalapan Township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Cahills Corners, Clarks Mills, Elton, Gordons Corner, Lafayette Mills, Millhurst, Monmouth Heights, and Woodville.

Demographics

Tennent Church
Tennent Presbyterian Church and cemetery in the historic village of Tennent
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,910
1860 2,374 24.3%
1870 2,286 −3.7%
1880 2,175 −4.9%
1890 2,002 −8.0%
1900 1,435 −28.3%
1910 1,375 −4.2%
1920 1,080 −21.5%
1930 1,464 35.6%
1940 1,900 29.8%
1950 3,137 65.1%
1960 3,990 27.2%
1970 14,049 252.1%
1980 18,914 34.6%
1990 26,716 41.2%
2000 33,423 25.1%
2010 38,872 16.3%
Population sources:
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010 2020
*= Lost territory in previous decade

2010 Census

Shaari Emeth 4
Temple Shaari Emeth

As of the census of 2010, there were 38,872 people, 13,263 households, and 10,663 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,270.0 per square mile (490.3/km2). There were 13,735 housing units at an average density of 448.8 per square mile (173.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 88.55% (34,423) White, 2.38% (925) Black or African American, 0.05% (18) Native American, 6.90% (2,682) Asian, 0.02% (7) Pacific Islander, 0.94% (364) from other races, and 1.17% (453) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.66% (2,202) of the population.

There were 13,263 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the township, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.7 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.9 males.

Manalapan EpiCentre at Night
Manalapan EpiCentre at night

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $103,970 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,322) and the median family income was $115,292 (+/- $5,344). Males had a median income of $85,086 (+/- $5,699) versus $51,695 (+/- $3,038) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,049 (+/- $1,717). About 2.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Manalapan's Recreation Center covers 162 acres (66 ha), offering two handball courts, nine softball/baseball fields, a fitness trail, two football fields (one turf), nine football/soccer fields, two street hockey courts, three tot lots, six basketball courts, six tennis courts, two bocce courts, two sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, a small water park, concession stand, two picnic areas, two maintenance buildings, two shelter buildings and a headquarters building.

Community

Manalapan Under the Stars 2010
Manalapan Under the Stars in 2010

Manalapan landmarks include the headquarters facility of the Monmouth County Library, the Manalapan Recreation Center, and the battlefield for the Battle of Monmouth. Manalapan Under the Stars, the township's community celebration featuring rides, concerts, fireworks, and other activities, is held annually at the Recreation Center. Performers featured in the series have included Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone and Tommy James and the Shondells.

Manalapan was rated the second-hottest town on the East Coast by Money magazine.

On May 27, 2001, Manalapan was struck by a tornado rated at F2 on the Fujita scale, causing over $1 million in damage. The 200-foot-wide (61 m) tornado had winds of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) over a path of 1.5 miles (2.4 km).

Infrastructure

Public safety

Emergency services

The Township of Manalapan has multiple emergency service departments. The following are the emergency service provided in Manalapan Township:

Fire Prevention
Fire squads

Manalapan Township has three volunteer fire companies:

  • Manalapan Township Fire Company #1, founded in 1949, is located on Sweetmans Lane and serves the southern portion of the township
  • Manalapan Township Fire Company #2: Gordons Corner Fire Company (founded 1962) is located in the heavily suburbanized community of Yorketown in the northern portion of the township. It has two branches that serves the community, one located on Tennent Road, and another on Pease Road
  • Englishtown Fire Department is located in neighboring Englishtown and serves central portions the township.
First aid squads

Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad (EMFAS) is a regional pre-hospital emergency care service for Englishtown and Manalapan residents. The organization was founded in 1941, and is located in Englishtown.

Transportation

Roads and highways

2021-07-22 12 42 21 View south along U.S. Route 9 from the overpass for Monmouth County Route 3 (Tennent Road) in Manalapan Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
US 9 in Manalapan Township

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 192.19 miles (309.30 km) of roadways, of which 164.98 miles (265.51 km) were maintained by the municipality, 19.15 miles (30.82 km) by Monmouth County and 8.06 miles (12.97 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Manalapan hosts U.S. Route 9 in the northeast, and State Route 33 passes through near the southern part of the township. Major county routes, such as 522 and 527 traverse through the municipality, while 524 and 537 goes along the southeast border of the township.

Other major roads that are accessible outside the township are the Garden State Parkway in bordering Old Bridge, Interstate 195 in bordering Millstone Township, and the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) in East Windsor Township (Exit 8) and bordering Monroe Township (Exit 8A).

Public transportation

Rail

In the 19th & 20th centuries, Englishtown Borough and Manalapan Township had a major railway in the area, which was the Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad. This railway was owned and operated by the Camden & Amboy Railroad Company (C&A), in which surveying for the line began on September 8, 1851, grading began on October 19, 1852, and the first track was laid on April 4, 1853. The first section of line was opened on July 18, 1853. The establishment of the Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad allowed this region to become a transportation hub. The Freehold and Jamesburg Railroad was abandoned by the early 1930s. A 2.8-mile long (4.5 km) portion of the former railroad's right-of-way was later approved to be sold by the New Jersey Board of Public Utility Commissioners (PUC) to Jersey Central Power & Light Company in 1966, with occasional freight service still being utilized through the Freehold Industrial Track.

The Monmouth Ocean Middlesex Line is a proposal by New Jersey Transit to restore passenger railway service to the region. The township would be a potential stop for the 'MOM' Line.

As of now, the nearest train stations to the township are Metropark in Iselin, Metuchen, New Brunswick, and Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor Line.

Busing

NJ Transit currently provides bus service on the 139 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, to Newark and Jersey City on the 64 and 67 routes, and local service on the 307 route.

Aviation

The nearest commercial airports are Trenton-Mercer Airport which serves several domestic destinations via Frontier Airlines, located 25 miles (40 km) west; and Newark Liberty International Airport which serves as a major hub for United Airlines, 32 miles (51 km) north.

Healthcare

Manalapan Township is served by CentraState Healthcare System, which is affiliated with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, located in neighboring Freehold Township. The regional hospital is a 287-bed medical facility. CentraState Healthcare system also provides healthcare through its various family practices in communities across western Monmouth and southern Middlesex counties in central New Jersey. The next closest hospitals to the township are the Old Bridge Division of Raritan Bay Medical Center in nearby Old Bridge Township, Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in nearby Plainsboro Township, and Saint Peter's University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in nearby New Brunswick.

Education

Manalapan High School, NJ (1)
Manalapan High School located on the corner of Church Lane and Englishtown-Freehold Road

Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, which also serves children from Englishtown. Manalapan and Englishtown formally joined together as a regional elementary school district in 1963, with an initial enrollment of 1,140 students; The student body is primarily from Manalapan Township, which accounts for about 95% of enrollment, with Englishtown students accounting for the remaining 5%. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of eight schools, had an enrollment of 4,910 students and 408.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2019–20 enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics) are John I. Dawes Early Learning Center with 365 students in PreK and K, Clark Mills School with 491 students in grades 1-5, Lafayette Mills School with 489 students in grades 1-5, Milford Brook School with 523 students in grades K-5, Taylor Mills School with 600 students in grades K-5, Wemrock Brook School with 626 students in grades 1-5, Pine Brook School with 563 students in sixth grade and Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School with 1,227 students in grades 7 and 8. The district is overseen by a nine-member board of education, which sets policy and oversees the fiscal and educational operation of the district; Seats on the board are allocated based on population, with eight seats assigned to Manalapan Township.

Students from Manalapan Township in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend either Freehold Township High School or Manalapan High School as part of the Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD), with the school attended based on the student's address. The Freehold Regional High School District also serves students from Colts Neck Township, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township and Marlboro Township. of the 2019–20 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,879 students and 122.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.3:1 and As of the 2019–20 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 2,029 students and 133.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.2:1. The FRHSD board of education has nine members, who are elected to three-year terms from each of the constituent districts. Each member is allocated a fraction of a vote that totals to nine points, with Manalapan Township allocated one member, who has 1.4 votes.

Public high school students in Manalapan and all of Monmouth County also have the option of attending one of the Monmouth County Vocational School District's five career academies. Manalapan’s academy is the Science and Engineering Program.

Notable people

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

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

  • Robby Andrews (born 1991), 2016 American Olympic 1500m runner and NCAA mid-distance running champion.
  • Jim Babjak (born 1957), guitarist for the Smithereens.
  • Danny Basavich (born 1978), professional pool player.
  • Jason Bergmann (born 1981), pitcher for the Washington Nationals.
  • Rachel Breton (born 1990), soccer striker and defender who played for Sky Blue FC and New Jersey Wildcats.
  • Lou Brutus (born 1962), radio host, musician and photographer.
  • Alyssa Campanella (born 1990), Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, Miss California USA 2011, and Miss USA 2011.
  • Frank Conover (born 1968), football player for the NFL's Cleveland Browns in 1991 who was drafted out of Syracuse University.
  • David DeJesus (born 1979), right fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Louie DeVito, DJ and producer.
  • Michael DeVito (born 1961), competitive eater and three-time winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
  • Vic Dibitetto (born 1961), comedian and actor.
  • Dylan Dreyer (born 1981), meteorologist on Weekend Today.
  • Val Emmich (born 1979), singer, songwriter and actor.
  • Anthony Firkser (born 1995), tight end for the Tennessee Titans.
  • Jay Glazer (born 1969), sportswriter and National Football League insider for Fox Sports.
  • Ishmael Hyman (born 1995), American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
  • Nick Mara (born 1997), singer, dancer.
  • Kyle Mullen (d. 2022, class of 2015) former captain of the Yale Bulldogs football team who enlisted in the United States Navy after college and died following the "Hell Week" portion of Navy SEAL training.
  • Jack Perri (born 1975), head men's basketball coach at Southern New Hampshire University.
  • Johnny Petraglia (born 1947), former professional ten-pin bowler who won 14 PBA titles and the PBA Triple Crown.
  • Daniel Rosenthal (born 1991), politician who has since 2017 represented the 27th District in the New York State Assembly and was the Assembly's youngest member when he took office.
  • Dan Smith (born 1989), professional poker player whose poker tournament championships include a World Poker Tour title.
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino (born 1981), cast member of MTV's Jersey Shore.
  • Carl R. Woodward (1890–1974), educator and college administrator who served from 1951 to 1958 as the first president of the University of Rhode Island.

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