Located in Western Monmouth County on 30.839 square miles, Manalapan Township includes the communities of Yorketown and Englishtown, and is only 15 miles from the Jersey Shore and 45 miles from New York City.  

As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 38,872, an increase of 5,449 (+16.3%) from the 33,423 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6,707 (+25.1%) from the 26,716 counted in the 1990 Census.  The township provides a suburban setting that has contributed greatly to its appeal and growth over the past 20+ years. 

According to a ranking published by SafeWise,  Manalapan Township has been named #32 on a list of New Jersey’s top safest communities. 

Students in public school for K-8 attend the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, and 9-12 grades attend either Manalapan High School or Freehold Township High School, as part of the Freehold Regional High School District. The Freehold Regional High School District serves students from Colts Neck Township, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Manalapan Township and Marlboro.

Public high school students also have the option to attend one of the Monmouth County Vocational School District's five career academies.

Manalapan's Recreation Center covers 162 acres, offering two handball courts, nine softball/baseball fields, a fitness trail, two football fields (one turf), nine football/soccer fields, two street hockey courts, three tot lots, six basketball courts, six tennis courts, two bocce courts, two sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, concession stand, two picnic areas, two maintenance buildings, two shelter buildings and a headquarters building.  Manalapan Under the Stars, the township's community celebration featuring rides, concerts, fireworks, and other activities, is held annually at the Recreation Center.

The Battle of Monmouth Battlefield,  where one of the largest battles of the American Regulation took place, is located in Manalapan Township  The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitors center.

Photo:  Cobb House, Monmouth Battlefield, Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Date 2008. Author Wikijazz

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