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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Tinton Falls
Center of Tinton Falls
Center of Tinton Falls
Map of Tinton Falls in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Tinton Falls in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated August 15, 1950 as New Shrewsbury
Renamed 1975 as Tinton Falls
Area
 • Total 15.623 sq mi (40.463 km2)
 • Land 15.487 sq mi (40.110 km2)
 • Water 0.136 sq mi (0.352 km2)  0.87%
Area rank 173rd of 566 in state
12th of 53 in county
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 17,892
 • Estimate (2015) 17,772
 • Rank 144th of 566 in state
12th of 53 in county
 • Density 1,155.3/sq mi (446.1/km2)
 • Density rank 361st of 566 in state
44th of 53 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07701, 07712, 07724, 07727, 07753
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402573020
GNIS feature ID 0885419
Website www.tintonfalls.com

Tinton Falls is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 17,892, an increase of 2,839 (+18.9%) from the 15,053 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,692 (+21.8%) from the 12,361 counted in the 1990 Census.

The borough was formed as New Shrewsbury by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on August 15, 1950, based on the results of a referendum held on July 18, 1950, after breaking away from Shrewsbury Township. It was renamed "Tinton Falls" in 1975, to avoid postal errors. The name came from Lewis Morris's plantation, Tinton Manor, which employed free white workers and slaves. The borough is home to the highest waterfall on New Jersey's coastal plain.

History

The area that is now known as Tinton Falls was originally settled in the late 1600s, probably beginning with the initial land purchases from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans in 1664. Water power and iron ore were likely the incentives that encouraged settlement: shortly after [the land was purchased], a man by the name of James Grover had an ironworks built along the river. Grover was likely the founder of the community, which, in the 1600s, was named "New Shrewsbury". At this time, the waterfall was known to be about 30 feet (9.1 m) high; erosion and the destruction of the dam near the ironworks have led to its diminishment.

The ironworks

Grover's ironworks was the central fixture of the community, and it was one of the oldest built in the country, predated only by buildings in Jamestown and Massachusetts. In 1675, a half-interest in the ironworks company was purchased by Colonel Lewis Morris, [who obtained a title granting him 3,540 acres (14.3 km2) along the Shrewsbury River]. Morris also obtained land owned by Bartholomew Applegate, who had built a corn mill on the other side of the river. Morris, who procured the land for iron mining, named his holdings "Tintern Manor," after his family lands in Monmouthshire, England. Tintern Abbey, located in Monmouthshire, Wales, is often accepted as the namesake of Tinton Falls.

Tintern Abbey and Courtyard
Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales, is often accepted as the namesake of Tinton Falls.

In 1691, Colonel Morris died, leaving the ironworks and Tinton Manor (a corruption of "Tintern Manor") to his nephew of the same name. By 1714, the ironworks had become less profitable, but mention of a Tinton Falls ironworks can be found as late as 1844. Morris brought in dozens of African slaves to mine the ore resulting in the nickname the "Iron Plantation", with the highest number of slaves being in Tinton Falls at that time in the colony of New Jersey, though in mid-18th century it had the largest number of emancipated slaves in the 13 colonies, as residents followed the preaching of abolitionist John Woolman.

Separation from Shrewsbury Township

In 1693, Tinton Manor and the surrounding lands were defined as part of Shrewsbury Township. At this time, Shrewsbury included all of the land in eastern Monmouth County, but saw the departure of a large number of new municipalities over the years, including the borough of Shrewsbury in 1926. In July 1950, Tinton Falls and Wayside left Shrewsbury Twp., renaming themselves the Borough of New Shrewsbury. To avoid postal confusion and mix-ups with the surrounding borough and township of Shrewsbury, the residents of New Shrewsbury voted to rename the community as "The Borough of Tinton Falls" in 1975.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tinton Falls borough had a total area of 15.623 square miles (40.463 km2), including 15.487 square miles (40.110 km2) of land and 0.136 square miles (0.352 km2) of water (0.87%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Wayside. Green Grove, Hockhockson, Macedonia, Pine Brook, Reevytown, West Shrewsbury and Wileys Corner are other unincorporated communities located partly or completely within the borough.

The township borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Colts Neck Township, Eatontown, Middletown Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Township and Wall Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 3,783
1960 7,313 93.3%
1970 8,395 14.8%
1980 7,740 −7.8%
1990 12,361 59.7%
2000 15,053 21.8%
2010 17,892 18.9%
Est. 2015 17,772 −0.7%
Population sources: 1950-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 17,892 people, 8,355 households, and 4,462 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,155.3 per square mile (446.1/km2). There were 8,766 housing units at an average density of 566.0 per square mile (218.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 82.39% (14,741) White, 9.34% (1,672) Black or African American, 0.13% (23) Native American, 4.67% (835) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.31% (235) from other races, and 2.14% (382) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.25% (1,118) of the population.

There were 8,355 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% were non-families. 42.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 27.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.9 years. For every 100 females there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 74.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,894 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,470) and the median family income was $99,231 (+/- $8,633). Males had a median income of $72,478 (+/- $8,954) versus $53,956 (+/- $7,492) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,149 (+/- $2,077). About 3.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,053 people, 5,883 households, and 3,976 families residing in the borough. The population density was 965.7 people per square mile (372.8/km2). There were 6,211 housing units at an average density of 398.4 per square mile (153.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 78.80% White, 13.04% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.96% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.70% of the population.

There were 5,883 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $68,697, and the median income for a family was $79,773. Males had a median income of $58,098 versus $37,857 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,520. About 2.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Overlook by the Falls, located near the town's waterfalls (the namesake for the town), is a wildlife area where trails have been added to allow visitors to view the falls and the local fauna.

Borough parks include Hockhockson Park, with three baseball fields and basketball courts, Liberty II Park, with two football fields, a softball field and basketball courts, Riverdale West Park, with two soccer fields and a basketball court and the Sycamore Recreation Complex, which offers six lighted multi-purpose fields, among the borough's other parks and recreation facilities.

Shark River Park, the first included in the Monmouth County Park System when it was established in 1961, covers 961 acres (389 ha) along the Shark River in portions of Tinton Falls, Neptune Township and Wall Township.

The Twin Brook Golf Center is a public 9-hole golf course, 18-hole miniature golf course, and driving range.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 96.93 miles (155.99 km) of roadways, of which 65.99 miles (106.20 km) were maintained by the municipality, 17.77 miles (28.60 km) by Monmouth County, 4.22 miles (6.79 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 8.95 miles (14.40 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Passing through Tinton Falls are the Garden State Parkway, Route 18, Route 33, and Route 66. Tinton Falls houses exits 100 (including the Monmouth Service Area), 102, 105, and 109 on the parkway, including a high-speed toll gate, and the southern start/end of the express and local carriageways, although the borough is listed only on signs for exit 105.

Major county roads that pass through Tinton Falls are County Route 537 (Tinton Avenue) which crosses the northern portion of the borough from Colts Neck Township in the west to Eatontown in the east, and County Route 547 (Shafto Road), which enters from Wall Township at the borough's southwest corner and proceeds northeast towards Eatontown.

Other limited access road that are accessible outside the borough include Interstate 195 in neighboring Wall Township.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers train service on the North Jersey Coast Line at the Red Bank station. NJ Transit local bus service is available on the 833 and 836 routes.

Points of interest

One night at Tinton Falls
The waterfall of Tinton Falls
  • Old Mill at Tinton Falls – constructed in 1676, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
  • Frozen Ropes, a baseball training center.
  • Tinton Falls Library, one of the member libraries of the Monmouth County Library System. Established in 1961 as the New Shrewsbury Public Library Association, the name was changed to its current title in 1975.

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