“ACCORDING TO SEVERAL SOURCES, including a booklet, A Sketch of Monmouth County, published in 1929 by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Monmouth County was named after the County of Monmouthshire, in South Wales, Great Britain.
According to the “Sketch,” Monmouth County was officially formed on March 7, 1683, by the General Assembly as one of the four original counties of the Province of East Jersey. “It was named, through the influence of Colonel Lewis Morris, after Monmouthshire, where his family had a vast estate.”
Monmouth County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey, within the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 630,380, up from 615,301 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Freehold Borough. The most populous municipality is Middletown Township with 66,522 residents at the time of the 2010 Census. Monmouth County ranks 42nd among the highest-income counties in the United States. It also is ranked 53rd in the United States by personal per-capita income.
Monmouth County, by the numbers (as of 2000 Census):
There were 224,236 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $64,271, and the median income for a family was $76,823.
At this gateway to the Jersey Shore, you will find more than 50 miles of ocean and bay beaches, revolutionary history sites, nationally recognized parks and golf courses, dining experiences for all tastes and plenty of places to spend the night.
Monmouth County is accessible by bus, train, ferry and a convenient drive from New York, Pennsylvania and other nearby states.
You may want to take in horseracing, cast a line while deep sea or freshwater fishing, see live theater or a world class concert, visit a winery, an art gallery or an antique center. And, be sure to take in some great annual events – seafood festivals, jazz festivals, a county fair and movies in the park and on the beach.
From Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch to Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold, the Park System offers over 30 park areas to explore. All parks are open from 8am – dusk and change seasonally or depending upon special activities in a park.
Click here for a map of the Monmouth County Park System
Click here for Monmouth County Park System golf courses
There’s no place like home at the Jersey Shore…