Monmouth County, New Jersey
Monmouth County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey, within the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2000 Census, the population is 615,301. Its county seat is Freehold Borough6. Monmouth County ranks 42nd among the highest-income counties in the United States with a per capita income of $31,149. The most populous municipality is Middletown Township, with 66,327 residents at the time of the 2000 Census. It is the northernmost county on the Jersey Shore.
Monmouth County's location on the Jersey Shore and close proximity to New York City has made it an increasingly desirable place to live, as reflected by recent surges in population and property values. In its 2007 ranking of the Most Expensive ZIP Codes in the United States, Monmouth County was represented by Allenhurst, Avon By The Sea, Colts Neck, Deal, Holmdel, Millstone, Sea Girt, and Rumson.Forbes, Sept 13, 2007.Money magazine has frequently named the Monmouth-Ocean County area one of the 10 best areas to live in the country.
The county contains only two incorporated cities, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Long Branch is larger and more populated, but Asbury Park possesses a population density nearly twice that of Long Branch, and as such is decidedly more urban. Despite its name, Neptune City is incorporated as a borough, as are Red Bank and Freehold Borough, despite a fairly urban character.
Monmouth County was established in 1675. Its name may come from the Rhode Island Monmouth Society or from a suggestion from Colonel Lewis Morris. He suggested it be named after Monmouthshire, Wales. In 1714 the first county government was established. At the June 28, 1778 Battle of Monmouth, near Freehold, General George Washington's soldiers defeated the British under Sir Henry Clinton, in the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War.