About Manalapan

Manalapan was formed in 1848, from portions of Freehold Township. The name Manalapan 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. Englishtown is entirely surrounded by Manalapan, the two towns share the post office and zip code.

Manalapan has over 14,000 homes, mostly single family homes. There are 10 condo complexes in Manalapan, as well as 4 active adult communities.

The 2010 Census reports the population of Manalapan to be 43,353. The median household income was $112,195, 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.


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 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. 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.

The Manalapan Recreation Center has soccer fields, basketball, baseball fields and more. Manalapan offers a summer camp program for grade school children.  The Monmouth County Library is located 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.

Manalapan has numerous commuter parking lots, with several bus stops along Route 9. NJ Transit offers service to Port Authority, Newark, Jersey City Academy Bus Line has service to lower Manhattan. Train stations are available in nearby Matawan, Red Bank, Belmar and Long Branch.