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Manalapan was formed in 1848, from portions of Freehold Township. The town’s name derives from a word in the Lenape language meaning “land of good bread” or “good land to settle upon”. The Battle of Monmouth was fought on land that is in both Manalapan and Freehold Township. A famous figure at the Battle of Monmouth was Molly Pitcher.
In 1888, Englishtown was formed as a separate borough, using land from Manalapan. In fact, Englishtown is entirely surrounded by the town, and the two towns share the post office and zip code.
Manalapan has over 14,000 homes, which are mostly are single family homes. Furthermore, there are also 10 condo complexes in Manalapan, in addition to the 4 active adult communities.
The 2010 Census reports the population of Manalapan to be 43,353. The median household income was $112,195, while the per capita income was $45,302. The crime rate indexes for Manalapan are well below the average for both NJ and the United States.
Elementary and middle school age children will attend Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools. There are 8 schools in MERS. All kindergartners will attend the Early Learning Center, which is attached to Clark Mills School. Four schools, Clark Mills, John I Dawes, Milford Brook and Taylor Mills are for grades 1-3. Three schools, Lafayette Mills, Pine Brook and Wemrock Brook serve children in grades 4-6., while middle school children, grades 7-8 attend Manalapan Englishtown Middle School.
High school children will attend the Freehold Regional High School District. There are six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District. Children attend the high school according to boundaries set by the district. Most, but not all students will attend Manalapan High School.
Each of the six high schools has a specialized Learning Center, which is for students who are talented and highly motivated. Any student from the region is eligible to enroll, however it will be through a competitive admission process.
SAT scores at each of the high schools consistently exceed state and national averages. In fact, 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, Wegmans and more. The Route 9 shopping area extends north into Marlboro, and south into Freehold. 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 Manalapan 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. Freehold Boro has a great Memorial Day Parade, plus other festivals throughout the year. Visit the movie theaters in Raceway Mall and on Route 9. Don’t miss the fireworks display at Freehold Raceway, or go to the races which feature live harness racing for trotters and pacers. Don’t miss the high school musicals in the spring. If you prefer, Atlantic City is less than 2 hours drive.
Parks and Recreation
The Recreation Center has soccer fields, basketball, baseball fields and more. And, there’s a summer camp program for grade school children. The Monmouth County Library is located in Manalapan. There are numerous public and private golf courses in Monmouth County.
Boating enthusiasts can find marinas nearby, beaches on the Jersey Shore are within a short drive.
Manalapan has a great location because there many major roads in the immediate area. In addition, there are Park and Ride lots as well.
All Adult Communities in Monmouth County offer bus service from each community to local shopping centers such as malls and supermarkets. There’s also a non-emergency medical transport bus which will take people to any medical facility in Monmouth County. However, these trips must be scheduled in advance and there is a minimal charge for this service.