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Red Bank, New Jersey
Borough of Red Bank
Aerial view of Red Bank
Aerial view of Red Bank
Map of Red Bank in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Red Bank in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Red Bank, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Red Bank, New Jersey
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Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated March 17, 1870 (as town)
Reincorporated March 10, 1908 (as borough)
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 2.16 sq mi (5.58 km2)
 • Land 1.75 sq mi (4.52 km2)
 • Water 0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)  18.98%
Area rank 397th of 565 in state
28th of 53 in county
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total 12,936
 • Rank 200th of 566 in state
16th of 53 in county
 • Density 7,019.1/sq mi (2,710.1/km2)
 • Density rank 61st of 566 in state
5th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
07701-07704, 07709
Area code(s) 732 and 848
FIPS code 3402562430
GNIS feature ID 0885366

Red Bank is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Incorporated in 1908, the community is on the Navesink River, the area's original transportation route to the ocean and other ports. Red Bank is in the New York Metropolitan Area and is a commuter town of New York. As of the 2020 United States Census, it had a population of 12,936, reflecting an increase of 730 (5.98%) from the 12,206 counted in the 2010 Census, which had in turn increased by 362 (3.06%) from the 11,844 counted in the 2000 Census. Red Bank is the 5th most densely populated town in Monmouth County.

Red Bank was formed as a town on March 17, 1870, from parts of Shrewsbury Township. On February 14, 1879, Red Bank became Shrewsbury City, part of Shrewsbury Township; this lasted until May 15, 1879, when Red Bank regained its independence. On March 10, 1908, Red Bank was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature and was set off from Shrewsbury Township. The borough was named for the red soil along the Navesink River.

Downtown Red Bank is notable for its many local and well-known businesses including Garmany, Urban Outfitters, and Tiffany & Co. on and around Broad St. Many annual events happen throughout the year, including the International Beer, Wine & Food Festival, a long-running sidewalk sale, a Farmers Market, an Indie Film Festival, the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, a Halloween parade, and a Holiday Town Lighting.


Occupied by indigenous peoples for thousands of years, in historic times the area of modern-day Red Bank was the territory of the Algonquian-speaking Lenape Native Americans, also called the Delaware by the English. The Lenape lived in the area between the Navesink River and the Shrewsbury River in an area that they called Navarumsunk. The Native Americans traded freely with European settlers from England and the Dutch Republic in the mid-17th century, who purchased land in the area.

Originally part of "Shrewsbury Towne", Red Bank was named in 1736, when Thomas Morford sold Joseph French "a lot of over three acres on the west side of the highway that goes to the red bank." Red Bank was settled by English colonists beginning in the 17th century and became a center for shipbuilding. Its population grew rapidly after 1809, when regularly scheduled passenger ships were established to serve the route to Manhattan.

By 1844, Red Bank had become a commercial and manufacturing center, focused on textiles, tanning, furs, and other goods for sale in Manhattan. With the dredging of the Navesink River about 1845, Red Bank became a port from which steamboats transported commuters to work in Manhattan. Red Bank grew in size as a result of this, as well as the effects of construction of a railway in the town by the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad in 1860.

During the 20th century, Red Bank was a strong cultural, economic, and political center in Monmouth County, until it was hindered by the economic recession that began in 1987. During this time, Red Bank's economy, based largely on retail commerce, was in decline, due to a real estate scandal. Local pundits and urban planners referred to the town as "Dead Bank".

Beginning in approximately 1991, under the New Jersey Development and Redevelopment Law, the borough authorized the creation of the Red Bank RiverCenter to manage redevelopment in what was designated as a special improvement district. RiverCenter retains authority over the management and redevelopment of a defined central business district, which includes Broad Street from the post office to Marine Park and from Maple Avenue to one block east of Broad Street. A number of urban redevelopment projects have taken place, including improved signage, distinctive and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and lighting, a coherent design plan for Main Street and other major thoroughfares, improved condition of parking lots with landscaping, and similar projects.

The district as originally proposed was larger, to include the commercial areas west of Maple Avenue, including the antique buildings, The Galleria, and Shrewsbury Avenue. But, some property owners in this area were opposed to paying the special assessment. Plans for the larger district advanced but opposition became more rigorous. The proposed district was amended to exclude opponents, and the district that was adopted stops at Maple Avenue.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.162 square miles (5.600 km2), including 1.739 square miles (4.504 km2) of land and 0.423 square miles (1.096 km2) of water (19.58%).

Red Bank is located on the southern bank of the Navesink River, in northern Monmouth County, New Jersey. It is about 24 miles (39 km) due south of the tip of Manhattan and about 25 nautical miles (46 km) to the tip of Manhattan if traveling by water along the Navesink River and through Raritan Bay.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Newmans Corner.

Red Bank is bordered by the Monmouth County municipalities of Middletown Township and the boroughs of Tinton Falls, Fair Haven, Shrewsbury, and Little Silver.


Red Bank's climate borders humid subtropical (Cfa) and humid continental (Dfa.)

Climate data for Red Bank, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 41
Average low °F (°C) 23
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.12


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,086
1880 2,684 28.7%
1890 4,145 54.4%
1900 5,428 31.0%
1910 7,398 36.3%
1920 9,251 25.0%
1930 11,622 25.6%
1940 10,974 −5.6%
1950 12,743 16.1%
1960 12,482 −2.0%
1970 12,847 2.9%
1980 12,031 −6.4%
1990 10,636 −11.6%
2000 11,844 11.4%
2010 12,206 3.1%
2019 (est.) 11,966 −2.0%
Population sources:1870–1920
1870 1880–1890
1890–1910 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,206 people, 4,929 households, and 2,469 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,019.1 per square mile (2,710.1/km2). There were 5,381 housing units at an average density of 3,094.4 per square mile (1,194.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 63.20% (7,714) White, 12.42% (1,516) Black or African American, 0.97% (118) Native American, 1.85% (226) Asian, 0.11% (13) Pacific Islander, 18.56% (2,265) from other races, and 2.90% (354) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.39% (4,198) of the population.

There were 4,929 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.9% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.2 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 103.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $59,118 (with a margin of error of $9,139) and the median family income was $79,922 (+/− $12,117). Males had a median income of $51,053 (+/− $6,351) versus $47,368 (+/− $9,445) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,424 (+/− $3,310). About 13.1% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under 18 and 9.7% of those 65 or older.

Arts and culture

Basie theatre
The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank

Red Bank is a noted social and commercial destination, filled with boutiques, designer clothing and home stores, parks, and restaurants. Special events are scheduled throughout the summer, such as the KaBoomFest fireworks on July 3, which attracted as many as 150,000 spectators at its 51st annual event in 2010.

Since the 1950s, Red Bank has held the Annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale. The 58th Annual Sidewalk Sale was held from July 27, 2012 to July 29, 2012, and was seen in "The Sidewalk Stash", the November 11, 2012 episode of the reality TV series Comic Book Men.

The town is considered a center of artistic activity, and is home to the Monmouth County Arts Council, as well as several art and photography galleries.

The Count Basie Theatre has hosted performers such as Kevin Smith, David Sedaris, Tracy Morgan, Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Foreigner, Andy Williams, Brian Setzer, B.B. King, and others. The Count Basie Theatre is also home to Phoenix Productions, a non-profit community theatre founded in 1988 puts on large scale musicals four times a year. The Two River Theater Company opened a large performance space on April 30, 2005, called the Two River Theater. Bruce Springsteen filmed his 2005 VH-1 Storytellers special at the Two River Theatre. The Marion Huber Theater, also operated by the Two River Theater Company, is a small black box theater, with seating for about 100.

Whenever the conditions are right, ice boats appear on the Navesink.

Boating, sculling, sailing, and fishing are popular outdoor activities in and near Red Bank; in the winter, ice boats sail on the Navesink when it freezes over, as it did in 2009. The Monmouth Boat Club, Marine Park, and the slips of the Molly Pitcher Inn provide access to the Navesink and, from there, Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area, the Jersey Shore and the Atlantic Ocean.

Broad Street is one of the borough's central streets and is known for its lavish Christmas decorations, which appear on the street during the holiday season. The street is closed to traffic for a free concert sponsored by Holiday Express, after which the lights are all lit again. Up to 7,000 people attend the shows annually.

Red Bank hosts the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival in partnership with the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Society. "First Night", a New Year's Eve arts and entertainment festival, is a Red Bank event designed to provide an alternative to alcohol-related events.

Each year from 1960 through 2011, a fireworks display was launched from the Navesink River close to Red Bank on July 3, the eve of Independence Day. "KaBoomFest" was held in Marine Park, where local bands and vendors formed a major gathering.

In media

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash on Broad Street. Tinted panels have been placed over the windows and door to block sunlight during filming of the reality TV series Comic Book Men.

Several tunes composed and/or made famous by Count Basie name-check the town in their title, including "Red Bank Boogie" and "The Kid from Red Bank." Basie was born and grew up in Red Bank, starting his musician's career there. A bronze bust of Basie was commissioned to mark what would have been his 100th birthday in 2004, and was placed in the plaza outside the Red Bank train station.

In his 1942 essay "Memoirs of a Drudge", humorist James Thurber recalls being sent to Red Bank by his newspaper's city editor on a tip that "Violets (are) growing in the snow over in Red Bank." Putting in a telephone call to that town's Chief of Police in advance, Thurber is told by a desk sergeant, "Ain't no violence over here."

Some of the films by Kevin Smith, who lived in Red Bank while working as an up-and-coming director, are partially set there, including Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Smith's comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, which is the setting of the AMC reality television series, Comic Book Men, is also located in Red Bank, at 35 Broad Street. Smith and View Askew Productions also host the annual Vulgarthon film marathon in various theaters around Red Bank.


New office building construction
on West Front Street

Red Bank has an eclectic mix of businesses, including companies in entertainment, retail, professional, medical and hospitality sectors. Among these are major locations of national and luxury retailers. Garmany of Red Bank has been expanded from a men's store into a luxury department store with 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of high-end retail space. Store openings have included Tiffany & Co. in November 2007.


In 1998, the Red Bank Armory was converted to an ice rink. It is home to the youth hockey team Red Bank Generals.

The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly became one of the nation's major road running events. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994 and was renamed in honor of George A. Sheehan, the prominent author, philosopher and area physician. Runner's World magazine named the Classic one of the Top 100 Road Races, and The New York Times named it the Best Memorial Race in New Jersey. The 2012 running, shortened to a 5K race, attracted nearly 1,300 participants.

In January 2018, FC Monmouth announced that Red Bank's Count Basie Park would be the home stadium for the team's inaugural season. The team's owners selected this park due to Red Bank's central location in the county both geographically and in terms of the local economy, along with the fact that the stadium will be easily accessible by public transit (NJ Transit Rail and Bus) and by car.


The Red Bank Borough Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 1,434 students and 110 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Red Bank Primary School, with 644 students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, and Red Bank Middle School, with 648 students in fourth through eighth grades.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Red Bank Regional High School, which also serves students from Little Silver and Shrewsbury Borough, along with students in the district's academy programs from other communities who are eligible to attend on a tuition basis. Students from other Monmouth County municipalities are eligible to attend the high school for its performing arts program, with admission on a competitive basis. The borough has five elected representatives on the nine-member Board of Education. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,208 students and 119.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.1:1.

Red Bank Charter School is a public school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade that operates under a New Jersey Department of Education charter and accepts students and receives its funding from a portion of property taxes, like a typical public school. It does not charge tuition and operates independently of the public school system, with a separate school board. Students are selected to enroll in the charter school based on an annual lottery, which is open to all Red Bank residents of school age.

Other schools in Red Bank include Red Bank Catholic High School and St. James Elementary School, Catholic schools affiliated with Saint James parish and under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.



Roads and highways

2018-05-26 14 36 06 View north along New Jersey State Route 35 (Maple Avenue) just north of Monmouth County Route 520 (Broad Street) in Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Route 35 in Red Bank

As of May 2010, the borough had 29.86 miles (48.06 km) of roadways, of which 23.09 miles (37.16 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.25 miles (8.45 km) by Monmouth County and 1.52 miles (2.45 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 35 runs north-south through the borough while CR 520 passes through briefly in the southeastern area. Red Bank is also 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Interchange 109 of the Garden State Parkway.

Public transportation

NJ Transit Red Bank
Red Bank is connected by rail to other urban centers

NJ Transit train service at Red Bank station is provided on the North Jersey Coast Line, offering express and local service. Diesel service operates from Hoboken Terminal to Bay Head, New Jersey. Electric service operates from Penn Station to Long Branch, New Jersey, where the electrified portion of the line ends. Mid-line stations include Newark Penn Station, Newark Liberty International Airport (NJT station), and Secaucus Junction.

Bus service through Red Bank is provided by Academy Bus (express to New York City) and Veolia Transport, running routes under contract to NJ Transit. Local bus service is provided on the 831, 832, 834 and 838 routes.

Notable people

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

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Red Bank include: ((B) denotes that the person was born there.)

  • Mimi Alford (born 1943), woman who served as an intern in the White House press office from 1962 to 1963, during which time she had an affair with President John F. Kennedy described in her 2012 book Once Upon a Secret.
  • Chester Apy (born 1932), politician who represented District 5B in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1968 to 1970 and again from 1972 to 1974.(B)
  • Michael Arnone (born 1932), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1989 to 2004, where he represented the 12th Legislative District, after serving as Red Bank's mayor in 1979 and 1980.
  • Daniel V. Asay (1847–1930), iceboat racer
  • James Avati (1912–2005), illustrator and paperback cover artist
  • Frances Blaisdell (1912-2009), award-winning, pioneering flutist and educator, first female soloist with the New York Philharmonic
  • Sebastian Bach (born 1968), former lead singer of hard rock band Skid Row.
  • Count Basie (1904–1984), jazz pianist and bandleader. The Neal Hefti tune featured in The Atomic Mr. Basie album, "The Kid from Red Bank," refers to him.
  • Jennifer Beck (born 1967), politician who represents the 12th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate, and served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006–2008.
  • Clint Black (born 1962), country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor.
  • Dave Bry (1970-2017), writer, music journalist and editor at Vibe, Spin and XXL.
  • Pete Capella (born 1977), actor and voice actor best known for his voice role as Silver the Hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog games.
  • Edmund S. Crelin Jr. (1923–2004), professor emeritus of anatomy at Yale University.
  • Sean Dawkins (born 1971), former NFL wide receiver who played for the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • David DeFazio (born 1983), American ice dancer who represents Switzerland in international competition.
  • Peter Dobson (born 1964), actor who had a cameo as Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump .
  • Sigmund Eisner (1859–1925), clothing manufacturer and president of the Sigmund Eisner Company.
  • Sigmund Eisner (1920–2012), scholar of medieval literature who was an expert on Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • Abram Isaac Elkus (1867–1947), lawyer who served as United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Brian Fallon (born 1980), guitarist, songwriter, singer and bandleader of The Gaslight Anthem.
  • Harry Flaherty (born 1961), former American football linebacker who played for the Dallas Cowboys.(B)
  • Timothy Thomas Fortune (1856–1928), orator, civil rights leader, journalist and founder of The New York Age, editor and publisher; his Red Bank home, Maple Hill, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Jake Kalish (born 1991), professional baseball pitcher(B)
  • Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic(B)
  • Mike Largey (born 1960), former professional basketball player who played power forward for Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. of the Israeli Basketball Premier League from 1984 to 1987
  • Marilyn Levy (1922–2014), photographic chemist and inventor based at Fort Monmouth
  • Chris Lieto (born 1972), international triathlete who finished second at the Ironman Hawaii 2009
  • Phil Longo (born 1968), American football coach who is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team(B)
  • Pamela Malhotra (born 1952) won India's highest award for women after starting an animal sanctuary.
  • Tom Malloy (born 1974), film actor, writer and producer(B)
  • Leo Massa (1929-2009), cross-country skier who competed in the men's 30 kilometre event at the 1960 Winter Olympics.
  • Eric McCoo (born 1980), former NFL running back(B)
  • Christian Miele (born 1981), politician who has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2015
  • Daniel J. O'Hern (1930–2009), former associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court who served as councilman and mayor of Red Bank
  • Michael J. Panter (born 1969), former assemblyman who represented the 12th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly
  • Haley Peters (born 1992), professional women's basketball forward with the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association
  • Frederik Pohl (1919–2013), science fiction author
  • Elise Primavera (born 1955), children's author and illustrator
  • Donny Pritzlaff (born 1979), freestyle wrestler who represented the United States in international competition, winning bronze medals at the 2006 World Wrestling Championships and the 2007 FILA Wrestling World Cup
  • Lori Rom (born 1975), actress
  • Bob Rommel (born 1962), politician who has served in the Florida House of Representatives from the 106th district since 2016
  • David Sancious (born 1953), early member of the E Street Band
  • Natalie Schafer (1900–1991), actress known as Mrs. Thurston Howell III on the 1960s TV series Gilligan's Island
  • Eddie August Schneider (1911–1940), pilot who set airspeed records
  • Michael A. Sheehan (1955–2018), author, government official and military officer.(B)
  • Garrett Sickels (born 1994), outside linebacker who played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams.(B)
  • Kevin Smith (born 1970), film director who has shot films in Red Bank(B)
  • Abigail Spanberger (born 1979), federal law enforcement agent, former CIA operations officer and congressperson-elect from Virginia's 7th congressional district
  • Snuffy Stirnweiss (1918–1958), second baseman who played for the New York Yankees
  • Edmund Wilson (1895–1972), literary critic(B)
  • David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992), painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist and AIDS activist
  • Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943), writer and critic born at the nearby North American Phalanx utopian community
  • Dave Wyndorf (born 1956), songwriter, guitarist, singer and Monster Magnet bandleader
  • Christopher Young (born 1958), composer and orchestrator of film and television scores(B)
  • Young Rising Sons, alternative rock band
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