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About Howell NJ
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. The Manasquan River was a major transportation route, therefore 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. 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, and 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 in addition the per capita income was $35,489. Most of the homes are single family homes, and there are 9 condo complexes in addition to four active adult communities. An interesting fact is that the northern section of Howell has a Freehold mailing address.
There are 12 schools in the Howell Township school system. Nine are K-5, while three schools are grades 6-8.
Students who are entering high school 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, however, it’s done through a competitive admission process.
The 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.
Nearby there are many private schools.
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. Additionally, Raceway Mall is minutes away, with over 200 stores to choose from. 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. Live entertainment is nearby in Red Bank where you can visit the Count Basie Theater for concerts and shows, or plays at the Two River Theater. Don’t miss the Howell High School musicals in the spring. 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 in fact, this is a major destination for the entire area. Howell has many parks scattered throughout the town, which offer many recreational venues. The Monmouth County Library is close in Manalapan. There are 6 public golf courses in Monmouth County, in furthermore there are also many private country clubs.
Boating enthusiasts can find marinas nearby, beaches on the Jersey Shore are within a short drive.
Howell is an excellent location for commuters because major roadways go through Howell – Route 9, Route 195 and Route 33. Also, the Garden State Parkway is nearby (exits 91 and 100). There are 2 Park n Ride lots on Route 9, giving access to bus service to NYC.
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