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Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Shrewsbury
Map of Shrewsbury in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Shrewsbury in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°19′30″N 74°3′36″W / 40.32500°N 74.06000°W / 40.32500; -74.06000Coordinates: 40°19′30″N 74°3′36″W / 40.32500°N 74.06000°W / 40.32500; -74.06000
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated May 11, 1926
Named for Shrewsbury, England
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.19 sq mi (5.67 km2)
 • Land 2.16 sq mi (5.60 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)  1.32%
Area rank 395th of 565 in state
27th of 53 in county
Elevation
46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total 3,809
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,053
 • Rank 423rd of 566 in state
38th of 53 in county
 • Density 1,757.2/sq mi (678.5/km2)
 • Density rank 307th of 566 in state
38th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07702
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402567350
GNIS feature ID 885395

Shrewsbury is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,809, reflecting an increase of 219 (+6.1%) from the 3,590 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 494 (+16.0%) from the 3,096 counted in the 1990 Census.

Shrewsbury was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 22, 1926, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 11, 1926. The borough's name comes from Shrewsbury, England.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Shrewsbury borough had a total area of 2.200 square miles (5.697 km2), including 2.168 square miles (5.614 km2) of land and 0.032 square miles (0.083 km2) of water (1.45%).

The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Eatontown, Little Silver, Oceanport, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Township and Tinton Falls, all in Monmouth County.

Shrewsbury Borough prior to 1926 was a part of Shrewsbury Township, which was much larger in the past and had encompassed several of the other municipalities nearby.

Demographics

Shrewsbury NJ Route 35 streetview
Route 35 is a main commercial thoroughfare for the borough.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 857
1940 1,058 23.5%
1950 1,613 52.5%
1960 3,222 99.8%
1970 3,315 2.9%
1980 2,962 −10.6%
1990 3,096 4.5%
2000 3,590 16.0%
2010 3,809 6.1%
2019 (est.) 4,053 6.4%
Population sources: 1930
1930–1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,809 people, 1,261 households, and 1,026 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,757.2 per square mile (678.5/km2). There were 1,310 housing units at an average density of 604.4 per square mile (233.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 95.62% (3,642) White, 0.66% (25) Black or African American, 0.11% (4) Native American, 2.13% (81) Asian, 0.03% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.58% (22) from other races, and 0.89% (34) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.49% (95) of the population.

There were 1,261 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.3 years. For every 100 females there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 84.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $111,648 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,595) and the median family income was $124,091 (+/- $10,340). Males had a median income of $111,645 (+/- $13,085) versus $54,313 (+/- $9,453) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $47,698 (+/- $5,936). About none of families and 1.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

Restaurant in New Jersey contraction for 'Did you Eat?'
Restaurant in mall along Route 35.

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,590 people, 1,207 households, and 1,016 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,627.1 people per square mile (627.2/km2). There were 1,223 housing units at an average density of 554.3 per square mile (213.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.60% White, 0.53% African American, 1.67% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 1,207 households, out of which 46.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 30.8% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $86,911, and the median income for a family was $92,719. Males had a median income of $85,875 versus $37,554 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,218. None of the families and 1.0% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under 18 and 3.0% of those over 64.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 21.50 miles (34.60 km) of roadways, of which 16.88 miles (27.17 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.75 miles (4.43 km) by Monmouth County and 1.87 miles (3.01 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 35 is the main north-south road while CR 520 passes along the northern border.

The Garden State Parkway is accessible in neighboring Tinton Falls or via CR 520 in Middletown.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers train service on the North Jersey Coast Line at the Little Silver station. NJ Transit local bus service is available on the 831 and 832 routes.

Education

Monmouth County Library eastern branch interior view
The Monmouth County Library is in Shrewsbury.

The Shrewsbury Borough School District serves public school students ranging from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at the Shrewsbury Borough School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 479 students and 50.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.5:1. The school features three homerooms per grade, with special classes that include physical education, art, music, computers, and for language, Spanish.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Red Bank Regional High School, which serves students from the boroughs of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury, 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 two 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.

Private school options include Christian Brothers Academy or Red Bank Catholic High School, the local Catholic schools, operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.

Notable people

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

  • Alfred N. Beadleston (1912–2000), politician who served as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and President of the New Jersey Senate, after serving as mayor of Shrewsbury.
  • Alisyn Camerota (born 1966), Anchor of CNN's morning show New Day. Also a former news anchor for Fox News Channel.
  • Jake Kalish (born 1991), professional baseball pitcher.
  • Ryan Kalish (born 1988), outfielder with the Chicago Cubs.
  • John Eatton Le Conte (1784–1860), naturalist and a member of one of America's most important early families devoted to science.
  • Richard Lippincott (1615–1683), English Quaker and an early settler in Shrewsbury.
  • Greg Montgomery (born 1964), former National Football League punter from 1988-1997, who played for the Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens.
  • Michael J. Panter (born 1969), who represented the 12th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006 to 2008.
  • John Lloyd Stephens (1805–1852), explorer, writer, and diplomat, who was a pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America and in the planning of the Panama railway.

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