Howell is located at the southern end of Monmouth County. Formed in 1801, Territory was taken from Shrewsbury Township. Howell initially included what are now the towns of Wall, Brick, Lakewood and others. Howell was named after Richard Howell, New Jersey’s third governor. The Manasquan River was a major transportation route, roadways were built to connect farms with the Manasquan River for transportation of goods. The roadways which are now Route 9 and Route 33 were based upon old Lenape Indian trails. Stagecoach service started in the 1850s along Route 524, which is still called Stagecoach Rd in some areas. Early industry in Howell included an iron works company, brick production, agriculture, marl (an early form of fertilizer) and poultry. In the 1930s Monmouth County was the leading egg producer in the country. A major egg producing facility is still in operation in Howell. Parts of Naval Weapons Station Earle are located in Howell.
The 2010 Census reported 51,000 + people living in Howell, with over 17,000 households. The median income was $89,287 and the per capita income was $35,489. Most of the homes are single family homes, there are 9 condo complexes and three active adult communities. The northern section of Howell has a Freehold mailing address.
There are 12 schools in the Howell Township school system. Nine are K-5, three are grades 6-8. Nearby private schools are Saint Veronica’s School, Monmouth Academy, St John is Matawan, St Rose in Belmar, CBA in Middletown, Red Bank Catholic in Red Bank – among others.
High school children will attend the Freehold Regional High School District.
There are six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District. The schools are Manalapan, Freehold Township, Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell and Marlboro. Children will attend the high school according to boundaries set by the district. Most, but not all, will attend the school in their town.
There are specialized Learning Centers in each of the six high schools for students who are talented and highly motivated. Any student from the region is eligible to enroll through a competitive admission process. The curriculums at the Specialized Learning Centers are:
Manalapan – science and engineering, automotive technology and law enforcement and public safety academies
Marlboro – business administration
Howell – humanities, fine and performing arts academy
Freehold Township – global issues, animal and botanical sciences academy
Freehold – medical sciences, culinary arts/hospitality management academy and a computer science academy
Colts Neck – law and public service, a Navy JROTC character and leadership development academy
SAT scores at all of the high schools consistently exceed state and national averages. More than 87 percent of the district’s students pursue higher education.
Dining and Shopping
Route 9 is the major shopping area, with many shopping centers offering major retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Kohls’, Lowes and more. The Route 9 shopping area extends north into Freehold, and south into Lakewood. Raceway Mall is minutes away, with over 200 stores to choose from. The popular warehouse clubs are nearby. This area also has many restaurants to choose from.
In the area you can enjoy live music at the Freehold Raceway Mall Summer Concert Series, or the weekly free concerts in Freehold Boro. Also concerts are at iPlay America, an indoor Theme Park. Nearby in Red Bank visit the Count Basie Theater for concerts and shows, or plays at the Two River Theater. Don’t miss the high school musicals in the spring. The Manasquan Reservoir is in Howell, offering fishing, hiking trails, bicycling and more. Many other parks in town are available. Visit the movie theaters in Raceway Mall and on Route 9. Don’t miss the fireworks display at Freehold Raceway, or go to Freehold Raceway which feature live harness racing for trotters and pacers. New York City is less than 2 hours away by car, take a bus or catch a train from Matawan. If you prefer, Atlantic City is less than 2 hours drive.
Parks and Recreation
Howell offers a summer camp program for grade school children. The Manasquan Reservoir offers boating, fishing, bicycle trails, hiking and much more, and is a major destination for the entire area. Parks are scattered throughout Howell, offering many recreation venues. The Monmouth County Library is close in Manalapan. Monmouth County has 6 public golf courses, plus many private country clubs.
Boating enthusiasts can find marinas nearby, beaches on the Jersey Shore are within a short drive.
Major roadways go through Howell – Route 9, Route 195 and Route 33. The Garden State Parkway is near (exits 91 and 100). There are 2 Park n Ride lots on Route 9, giving access to bus service to NYC.