Living in Middletown

Middletown is the 16th largest town in New Jersey and one of the oldest. This most populous town in Monmouth County offers a variety of parks to explore with friends and family as well as restaurants, shopping, and transportation!

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Communities in Middletown


  • Dwight Road/Middletown Lincroft Road
  • Harmony/Phillips Mill
  • Iler
  • New Middletown
  • North Middletown
  • Oak Hill

New Construction

  • Estates at Bamm Hollow (Lincroft)


  • Arbor Terrace of Middletown
  • Brighton Gardens of Middletown


  • Mc Guire’s Grove Apartments


Where is Middletown located?

Middletown is a township located in Monmouth County. Monmouth County is a county located in Central New Jersey, within the New York metropolitan area and located in the central part of the state. It is the northernmost county along the Jersey Shore.

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Middletown History

What makes Middletown special? Middletown, a 58.735 square mile township located in Monmouth County, is divided into 12 different zip codes by the United States Postal Service.  The following zip codes make up the Middletown area:

  • Atlantic Highlands – 07716
  • Belford – 07718
  • Highlands – 07732
  • Holmdel – 07733
  • Leonardo – 07737
  • Lincroft – 07738
  • Locust/Rumson – 07760
  • Middletown – 07748
  • Navesink – 07752
  • New Monmouth – 07748
  • Port Monmouth – 07758
  • Red Bank – 07701

In 1665, Middletown was settled by English who migrated from western Long Island and New England.

After the Battle of Monmouth, the British retreated from Freehold down King’s Highway in Middletown to Sandy Hook where the departed to NYC.  

In 1693, Middletown Township was originally formed and was incorporated as a township in 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Atlantic Township (now Colts Neck Township), Raritan Township (now Hazlet Township), Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Keansburg. 

Naval Weapons Station Earle, a United States Navy Base, loaded the majority of ammunition used by the Allies for the invasion of Normandy.  Earle continued to develop after World War II, keeping pace with the changing needs of the Navy and DoD during the Cold War. In subsequent years, Earle proved its strategic worth as the DoD transshipment site for ordnance used in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The station’s main site is located in Colts Neck and the waterfront is in the Leonardo section of Middletown on Sandy Hook Bay. The waterfront has a finger pier that stretches for 2.9 miles, making it the world’s second-longest such pier.

Local neighborhoods, their flavor, and identity are fundamental to the history of Middletown. The different neighborhoods tend to distinguish and define Middletown by the character of its respective parts, albeit at a cost of municipal identity. Middletown’s neighborhoods arose at varied times over its long history and have singular character.

Middletown borders the Monmouth County communities of Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright and Tinton Falls.

In 2016, SafeWise named Middletown Township as the fifth-safest city in America to raise a child.

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Middletown Population

How many people live in Middletown? According to the 2010 United States Census, there were 66,522 people, 23,962 households, and 18,235 families residing in the township.

The following census-designated places and unincorporated communities are all located within Middletown Township – Belford (population – 1,768), Fairview (population – 3,806), Leonardo (population – 2,757), Lincroft (populations – 6,135), Navesink (population – 2,020), North Middletown (population – 3,295) and Port Monmouth (population – 3,818)

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Browns Dock, Chapel Hill, East Keansburg, Everett, Fort Hancock, Harmony, Headdons Corner, Hendrickson Corners, Highland Park, Highlands Beach, Highlands of Navesink, Holland, Leonardville, Locust, Locust Point, Monmouth Hills, New Monmouth, Normandie, Oak Hill, Philips Mills, Red Hill, River Plaza, Stone Church, Tiltons Corner, Town Brook, Waterwitch Park and Wilmont Park.

The Sandy Hook peninsula is also within Middletown Township, though it is not connected to the rest of the township by land. However, one could sail along Raritan Bay from the mainland to Sandy Hook and remain within Middletown Township.

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Middletown Government

Middletown Township is governed under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body composed of a five-member Township Committee (elected for 3-year staggering terms) are elected directly by the voters at large in partisan elections in November.

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Middletown School District

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“A Student Focused Community”

How are the schools in Middletown? The Middletown Township Public School District, in partnership with a resourceful and historically rich community, provides students with a rigorous and relevant education, rooted in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, motivating them to recognize and develop their full potential as responsible citizens, contributing to an ever-evolving global society.

Middletown Township School District serves students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade and is composed of twelve Elementary Schools for Grades Pre-K-5: Bayview Elementary (Grades K-5), Fairview Elementary (Grades K-5), Harmony Elementary (Grades Pre-K-5), Leonardo Elementary (Grades K-5), Lincroft Elementary (Grades K-5),  Middletown Village Elementary (Grades K-5), Navesink Elementary (Grades K-5),  New Monmouth Elementary (Grades Pre-K-5), Nut Swamp Elementary (Grades K-5), Ocean Avenue Elementary (Grades K-5), Port Monmouth Elementary (Grades K-5), and River Plaza Elementary (Grades K-5).

Middletown Township is composed of three Middle Schools for Grades 6-8: Bayshore Middle School (Grades 6-8), Thompson Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Thorne Middle School (Grades 6-8).

Middletown Township is composed of two High Schools for Grades 9-12: Middletown High School North (Home of the Lions) & Middletown High School South (Home of the Eagles).

Image result for high technology high school in lincroft njHigh Technology High School is located in the Lincroft section of Middletown on the Brookdale Campus. This four-year magnet public high school for students in Grades 9-12. High Technology High School, a pre-engineering career academy, offers a full high school education, with emphasis on math, science, technology and the humanities. Students take college courses during their junior and senior years, and seniors are required to take a mentorship course for one semester. High Technology High is a Blue Ribbon School and is consistently ranked as one of the top public high schools in the country.

High Technology High School, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD), prepares students for an evolving workplace, lifelong learning, and further education through five specialized career and technical programs. Each of the five academies are built around a particular theme:

The Academy of Allied Health and Science (AAHS) – Neptune, NJ
Biotechnology High School (BTHS) – Freehold, NJ
Communications High School (CHS) – Wall, NJ
High Technology High School (HTHS) – Lincroft, NJ (Middletown)
The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) – Highlands, NJ (Middletown)


Middletown Private Schools

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Christian Brothers Academy, located in the Lincroft, is a private college preparatory school with a focus on Christian education for boys in Grades 9-12. 

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Mater Dei Prep, located on a 32-acre campus in the New Monmouth section of Middletown, a four-year Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades.



Oak Hill Academy, located in Lincroft, is a co-educational, independent, nonsectarian and non-profit private school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade.


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Saint Leo the Great School, a private Catholic school for students in Pre-School through 8th Grade is located in Lincroft. Saint Leo inspires their students to achieve the highest standards in intellectual achievement, as well as to grow in their commitment to God and the development of their faith.


Middletown Colleges

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Brookdale Community College, located in Lincroft, New Jersey, is an excellent community college option for Monmouth County residents. Brookdale offers associate degrees and certificates (2-year), plus non-credit classes in many areas of personal and professional interest.

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Middletown Township & Parks

Image result for middletown townshipMiddletown hosts many different areas for nature discovery including parks and fields for runners, walkers, and equestrians. Middletown Township Department of Recreation offers a wide variety of programs, special events, recreation centers, parks and other facilities open to residents. Check out all the Middletown parks here.


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Thompson Park, located in Lincroft, is a 667-acre park and visitor center (former home of Geraldine Thompson). Thompson Park is the headquarters of the Monmouth County Park System and provides varied recreational interests including multiple-use trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing lakes, picnic areas, arts center, athletic fields and a dog area. Be sure to check out Thompson Park Day in October for fun Fall activities for the whole family!

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Middletown Community


Middletown Day is a fun, fall festival that boasts activities for all ages including a business and community showcase, craft fair, live local music, children’s activities, fire department demonstrations, a petting zoo, hayrides, flea market, food court and more.

Middletown also hosts townwide garage sales in May and movies in the dark in the summer.

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Getting Around Middletown

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What are the major roads in Middletown? There is one major county road that passes through Middletown: Route 35  & 36 and two county road: Route 516, 520 & 612.

The Garden State Parkway passes through Middletown (Exit 109 – Route 520 to Red Bank/Lincroft), connecting Tinton Falls in the South to Holmdel Township in the North. Interstate I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike) is accessible in neighboring towns – Howell, Monroe and Wall.

Travel time from Middletown to the Jersey Shore is approximately 19-35 minutes (11-17 miles).

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There are multiple public transportation options available, including bus, rail, ferry and air service –

How is the commute from Middletown to Manhattan?

Middletown to Manhattan  –

Academy Bus Lines provides service from the Port Authority on 817, 833, & 834 routes. Travel time to Port Authority is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Middletown to Penn Station –

The Middletown train station or Red Bank train station, both heavily used train stations on the North Jersey Coast Line, providing service to NY Penn Station (31st Street & 8th Avenue). Travel times from Middletown/Red Bank to Penn Station range from 79-88 minutes.

How is the commute from Middletown to Staten Island? 

The commute from Middletown to Staten Island is approximately 30 miles (35-65 minutes depending on traffic)

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Middletown Travel

What is the closest major airport to Middletown? The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport, which is 34 miles (about 38 minutes drive) from the center of Middletown. Old Bridge Airport, a municipal airport in Englishtown, offers short-distance flights to surrounding areas.

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Why Should I Move to Middletown

Things to do in Middletown


Are there any sports programs in Middletown?

Middletown Township offers a variety of recreational activities for children including wrestling, hockey, cheerleading, football, soccer, tennis, baseball, and softball. Adult sports programs include baseball, softball, and soccer.


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Middletown Soccer Club, established in 1991, is a youth soccer organization that has recreational level teams as well as travel teams.

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Middletown Youth Football & Cheer Association provides boys and girls of all ages an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of football and cheerleading while teaching the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and unity.

Middletown Youth Athletic Association ( Middletown Little League)

The Middletown Baseball and Softball Association provides supervised baseball and softball programs to the families of Middletown,

Middletown Youth Lacrosse Club promotes the growth of the sport of lacrosse to youth boys and girls.

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Are there any bowling alleys in Middletown?

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Middletown Harmony Bowl is the premiere spot for bowling in Middletown, NJ. Spend a great evening with the family or join a local league for more competitive play.

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What family activities are in Middletown?

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Middletown Arts Center is dedicated to bringing creative and innovative arts programs to New Jersey by offering entertaining and educational events throughout the year for all ages and abilities.


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Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 and located in Lincroft on the Brookdale Community College campus, presents changing exhibitions in art, history, and science to educate and entertain people of all ages. Monmouth Museum’s changing exhibitions featured in the Main Gallery and the Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media. Children will have exciting learning experiences in their popular WonderWing and Becker’s Children’s Wing as well as the new outdoor Meyer Art & Nature Area.

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Great Play is an interactive gym for kids ages 6 months to 10 years.

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Where is good shopping in Middletown?

Middletown is home to a plethora of shopping centers and stores. Its main commerce activity is located on Route 35. Bayshore Shopping Center and Airport Plaza are home to many different shops and stores. Middletown is also home to a Target store for all your family’s needs.

  • Supermarkets: Shop Rite, Stop & Shop & Whole Foods
  • Specialty Markets: Livoti’s

Commercial & Retail Developments

  • Middletown Plaza (Route 35) – Petco, Retro Fitness, Rite Aid, Shop Rite and much more
  • The Marketplace at Middletown (Route 35) – Applebee’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx and much more
  • The Shoppes at Middletown (Route 35 & Kings Highway East) – Coming in 2020

If you are looking for a mall, check out Monmouth Mall in Eatontown (approximately 16 minutes from the center of Middletown) or Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold (approximately 24 minutes from the center of Middletown).

Maybe outlet stores are more up your alley? Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls (approximately 12 minutes from the center of Middletown) or Jackson Premium Outlets in Jackson (approximately 33 minutes from the center of Middletown).

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What are the top restaurants in Middletown?

Looking for wonderful restaurants in Middletown either for a quick bite or a nice night out, look no further. From Italian, American, Chinese, Indian and Asian Fusion, you can be sure the Middletown has enough diversity to keep your stomach happy –

  • Anna’s Italian Kitchen – Italian BYOB dinner-only, upscale fare in a strip-mall setting
  • Belford Bistro – Snug BYOB strip-mall find serving New American dishes
  • Crown Palace – Popular weekend dim sum brunch spot that also serves a full Chinese menu
  • Meemom’s – Breakfast restaurant serving home cooking recipes
  • MJ’s Pizza Bar & Grill – Casual spot offering American food & drinks
  • Sono Sushi – Consistent Japanese BYOB option in simple strip-mall surrounds

Had something else in mind? Check out these local hot spots – Applebee’s, China Palace Restaurant, Fratelli’s Pizzeria, Haldi Chowk Authentic Indian Cuisine, Matata Asian Cuisine, Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine, Outback Steakhouse, Sonic Drive-In, Toscanella Village Cafe & Villa Restaurant

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