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  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Monmouth County
      County all: 
    Middlesex | Monmouth
      County FIPS: 
    34023 | 34025
    40°24′40″N 74°14′12″W
      Area total: 
    2.41 sq mi (6.24 km²)
      Area land: 
    2.27 sq mi (5.87 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.14 sq mi (0.37 km²)
    10 ft (3 m)
    Incorporated June 28, 1895
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    4,221.1 residents per square mile of area (1,629.8/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Matawan is a borough in Monmouth County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States census, the borough's population was 9,565, reflecting an increase of 755 (8.6%) from the 8,810 counted in the 2010 census. The Lenape Native Americans called the area "Mechananienk," which gave rise to the area being called "Matovancons" by Dutch settlers in the 17th century. The name may derive from a Lenape language word meaning "where two rivers come together" or it may originate from the Southern Unami Matawonge, "bad riverbank" or "bad hill," a possible reference to bluffs along Raritan Bay which were subject to erosion and collapse prior to the construction of a seawall in the 1970s. Despite being 11 miles (18 km) from the Atlantic Ocean, Matawan was the site of three shark attacks on July 12, 1916, in Matawan Creek, causing two deaths. In 1944, the first operational Visual Aural Range (VAR) was installed at Matawan. The VAR operated in the VHF band around 63 mHz and was an incremental improvement over prior aviation navigation systems such as the four-course radio range. Matawan played an important role in aviation navigation history. The borough had a total area of 2.41 square miles (6.24 km²) of land and 0.14 square miles of water (5.89km²) as of the 2010 Census.


Matawan is the primary city name, but also Aberdeen are acceptable city names or spellings, Strathmore on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The Lenape Native Americans called the area "Mechananienk," which gave rise to the area being called "Matovancons" by Dutch settlers. The name may derive from a Lenape language word meaning "where two rivers come together" or it may originate from the Southern Unami Matawonge, "bad riverbank" or "bad hill" Matawan played an important role in aviation navigation history. In 1944, the first operational Visual Aural Range (VAR) was installed at Matawan. Despite being 11 miles (18 km) from the Atlantic Ocean, Matawan was the site of three shark attacks on July 12, 1916, in Matawan Creek, causing two deaths. They closely followed an attack in Beach Haven on July 1 and one in Spring Lake on July 6 that were all part of the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916.Matawan was formed as a borough on June 28, 1895, from portions of Matawan Township (now Aberdeen Township), based on the results of a referendum held that day. Matawan expanded with portions ofMatawan Township in 1931 and 1933, and from Madison Township (now Old Bridge Township) in 1939. It was the formation of Matawa Township in 1857 that shifted this area's name from Middletown Point to Matawan, which was later reused in the 1970s when it changed its name to Aberdeen Township. The town celebrated a tricentennial in the 1980s. The first operational VAR was installed in 1937 at the Bureau of Air Commerce's research center.


The borough is at the northwest corner of Monmouth County. The borough borders Aberdeen Township and Marlboro Township, as well as Old Bridge Township in Middlesex County. Matawan divides Aberdeen Township into two non-contiguous sections, with a small wedge-shaped exclave on the township's southwest corner separated from the rest of the township by a portion of Matawan located on the opposite side of Route 79. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Freneau and Oak Shades. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.41 square miles (6.24 km²) of land and 0.37 square miles of water (5.89 km²), and is the second-highest part of Monmington County. It has a population of 2,816. The Borough is located in the New Jersey Bay Area, which is also home to the city of Asbury Park and the town of Middletown. It is located on New Jersey Route 79, which runs through the center of the borough and into New Jersey from New Jersey to New Jersey. It also shares a border with New Jersey's Cape May County, which also lies in the Bay Area and New Jersey state. It was founded in 1838. The town's name is derived from the name of a local family of the same name, the Matawan family, who first settled in the area in the 18th century.


As of the 2000 United States census there were 8,910 people, 3,531 households, and 2,376 families residing in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough was 82.35% White, 6.53% African American, 0.02% Native American, 7.99% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. The Census Bureau's 200610 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $68,375 (with a margin of error of +/ $7,318) and the median family income was$85,677 (+/ $6,353). Males had a median income of $57,376 (-/ $10,034) versus $42,255 (-/$14,121) for females. About 3.5% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and. 5.4% ofThose age 65 or over. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.8 males. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.15. The median income for a household was $72,594. The per capita income for the Borough was $39,773 (+ / $5,834). About 38% of. families and 6.9% of people over the age of 18 were below poverty line.

Parks and recreation

Matawan is the northern terminus of the middle segment of the Henry Hudson Trail. It is also the western terminal of the eastern section of the trail. Matawan is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to New Jersey. The town has a population of about 2,000. It has a history of being used as a base for the development of the New York City subway system in the 19th century. It was also used for the construction of the Hudson River Bridge in the early 20th century, which connected New York with New Jersey and New Jersey for the first time in the history of the United States.


Matawan is located in the 6th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 12th state legislative district. As of 2022, the Mayor of Matawan is Democrat Joseph Altomonte whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Monmouth County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners comprised of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis. In the November 2019 general election, Brian Livesey won a full three-year term while John Lazar was elected to serve the balance of David Vergaretti's term. For the 2022-2023 session, the 12th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Samuel D. Thompson (R) and in the General Assembly by Robert D. Clifton (R, Matawan) and Alex Sauickie (R), Jackson Township. In 2012, Mitt Romney received 52.1% of the vote (1,937 votes ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 46.6%) in Matawan, with 1,732 votes cast by the borough's registered voters (3,753 ballots cast) among the 5,667 registered voters. There were 4 voters registered as Libertarians or Greens in the 2012 presidential election, with 2,820 votes cast as Unaffiliated. The borough is governed under the Borough form of municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 564) statewide. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council.


Matawan is part of the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District (MARSD), which also serves students from the neighboring community of Aberdeen Township. As of the 201819 school year, the district, comprised of seven schools, had an enrollment of 3,827 students and 324.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 11.8:1. The MARSD Central Offices are located at 1 Crest Way, in Aberdeen. Seats on the district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with three assigned to Matawan. Matawan is home to one preschool, three elementary schools grades K3, one 45 school, one middle school grades 68, one high school grades 912. The district is a comprehensive system comprising seven schools. It is located in Matawan and Aberdeen Township, New Jersey, and has a population of about 3,000. It has seven schools:Cambridge Park Developmental Learning Center (12 students; Preschool), Cliffwood Elementary School (320; K3), Ravine Drive Elementary School, Strathmore Elementary School and Matawan Aberdeen Middle School (888; 68) and Matawan Regional High School (1,112; 912) The district also has a high school, which is in Aberdeen Township and has an population of 1,112. It also includes a middle school, grades 68 to 912, and an elementary school grades 45 to K3.


Matawan is traversed by Route 34, Route 79 and County Route 516. The Garden State Parkway skirts the northern end of the borough. In the late 20th century, Matawan became known for its heavily used train station at Aberdeen-Matawan on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line. The station provides service to New York City's Penn Station, either directly or via Secaucus Junction. Matawan also provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 133 and 135 bus lines. As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 31.45 miles (50.61 km) of roadways, of which 24.37 miles (39.22 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.50 miles (7.24 km) by Monmouth County and 2.50mile (4.02km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The nearest exits are exits 118 and 120 of the Parkway, which skirts Matawan's northern end. The borough has a population of 2,816. It is located in the Monmouth-Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes parts of Monmouth and Ocean counties, as well as parts of Asbury Park, Ocean County, and Ocean Township. The population of Matawan was 2,715 as of May 2011. It has a total population of 3,814. It was the most populous borough in the state of New Jersey in 2010, with 1,813 residents.


Matawan was ranked by BusinessWeek magazine at #12 in the nation on their list of "The 50 Best Places to Raise Your Kids" in November 2007. Matawan is located on the shores of Lake Matawan. The town is home to the Matawan Yacht Club and Matawan Harbor Yacht Association. The community is known for its strong community spirit and friendly atmosphere. The city has a reputation for being a great place to raise a child. It also has a strong sense of community and is a leader in the community. It was ranked #12 on BusinessWeek's list of the nation's best places to raise your kids in 2007, and #1 in the state of New Jersey in 2008.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey = 10.9. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 16. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Matawan = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 9,565 individuals with a median age of 40.3 age the population dropped by -1.87% in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 4,221.1 residents per square mile of area (1,629.8/km²). There are average 2.47 people per household in the 3,533 households with an average household income of $76,800 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.50% of the available work force and has dropped -3.55% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.40%. The number of physicians in Matawan per 100,000 population = 320.7.


The annual rainfall in Matawan = 45.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 23.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 115. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 49, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 57.26%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 42 years with median home cost = $319,180 and home appreciation of -5.53%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.74 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,262 per student. There are 15.4 students for each teacher in the school, 829 students for each Librarian and 612 students for each Counselor. 8.58% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 18.89% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.55% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Matawan's population in Monmouth County, New Jersey of 1,511 residents in 1900 has increased 6,33-fold to 9,565 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.41% female residents and 49.59% male residents live in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 43.17% are single population.

  • 38.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Matawan require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    73.69% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.60% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 13.24% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.07% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 57.26% are owner-occupied homes, another 39.21% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.52% are vacant.

  • The 65.73% of the population in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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