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Aberdeen, NJ

Nestled along the Raritan Bay in central Monmouth County lies Aberdeen Township, a beachside community rich with natural beauty and coastal charm. Summers here are warm and winters mild, creating ideal conditions for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing on the township’s numerous beaches.

Fishing and boating on the bay are also popular pastimes for locals, who treasure Aberdeen for its tight-knit atmosphere and family-friendly amenities. From historic homes that preserve glimpses of Aberdeen’s rural past to modern shopping centers, this eclectic Shore town blends old and new – inviting visitors to discover the relaxing lifestyle and natural assets that continue to attract newcomers to call Aberdeen home.

Population

Aberdeen Township’s population remains relatively stable, though demographic shifts are underway. According to recent Census estimates, Aberdeen is home to just under 19,500 residents as of 2022.

Racial Makeup

Aberdeen Township’s population has been gradually becoming more racially diverse in recent decades, though the township remains predominantly white.

The following bar graph shows the breakdown of Aberdeen residents by race:

Key Demographics Data

CategoryData
Age groups18 to 24-year-olds (7.2%), 25 to 44-year-olds (28.9%), 45 to 64-year-olds (31.1%), 65+ year-olds (17.7%)
ReligionThe majority of residents are Catholic
Household incomeThe median household income is $87,000
Gender50.05% are males, 49.95% are females
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History

Aberdeen Township’s roots stretch back over 300 years and are inextricably tied to the waves of Scottish immigrants who sought refuge on its shores. The first European land grant was awarded in 1677, setting the stage for agricultural development in the decades that followed.

Aberdeen’s name recalls its Scottish heritage, coming from “New Aberdeen,” a settlement established in the 1680s by Quakers and Presbyterians fleeing religious persecution in Scotland. A new influx of Scottish immigrants arrived in the 1700s searching for freedom to practice their faith, establishing villages that would ultimately become Aberdeen Township.

For most of its history, Aberdeen remained a quiet rural community focused on farming. But signs of transformation began to emerge in the 1970s when residents voted to change the township’s name from Matawan to Aberdeen, hoping a distinct identity would bolster community spirit amidst suburban development.

Since then, Aberdeen has grown into a suburban township covering over 5 square miles with a population approaching 20,000. While retaining remnants of its agricultural past, Aberdeen has largely become a bedroom community for those working outside the township.

Education

Residents have access to a variety of education options in and around Aberdeen Township. The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District serves students from preschool through grade 12. Some of these schools include:

  • Matawan Regional High School
  • Aberdeen Matawan Regional High School
  • Matawan Avenue Middle School
  • Lloyd Road Elementary School
  • Cliffwood Elementary School
  • Ravine Drive Elementary School
  • Strathmore Elementary School
  • Cambridge Park Elementary School

Several private schools within a few miles offer religious-based or alternative education for families seeking smaller class sizes or particular academic approaches. Others commute to private schools further afield.

Both Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University – just minutes away – accommodate those pursuing associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, or job training skills. And Rutgers University’s main campus is also nearby.

Aberdeen’s public library acts as an educational hub for the community, providing resources that support lifelong learning for residents of all ages. Librarians organize youth programs, technology courses for seniors, book groups, and more.

Transportation

Residents have a variety of transportation options available to them:

  • Road access: State Routes 34, 35, and 547 provide automobile access to surrounding areas. Commuting options include the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.
  • Public transit: NJ Transit operates bus service from Aberdeen to areas like Asbury Park and New Brunswick with connections to trains and regional buses.
  • Rail: The closest NJ Transit rail stations are in Red Bank and Long Branch, both around 10 miles away.
  • Air travel: The nearest airport is Newark Liberty International Airport, about 30 miles from Aberdeen.
  • Biking & walking: There are some bike lanes and multi-use paths, but limited sidewalk infrastructure makes walking difficult in many areas. Distances also tend to be too far for most utilitarian trips.
  • Water travel: Residents have access to marinas and boat ramps along Raritan Bay, providing opportunities for boating and water sports.
  • Transportation services: Taxi service and rideshare options like Uber and Lyft are available.
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Points of Interest

Aberdeen Township offers residents and visitors a variety of unique places to satisfy their culinary cravings, soak up live entertainment and indulge their active hobbies. From diners and craft breweries to an outdoor amphitheater and skate park, these local favorites provide a glimpse into what makes Aberdeen such an enjoyable place to call home.

  1. DeMarcos Catering & Gourmet Deli: Family-owned for over 30 years, this deli serves made-from-scratch Italian cuisine using organic ingredients whenever possible. The deli counter offers over 40 cured meats and cheeses while homemade entrees and baked goods satisfy any craving.
  2. Alternate Ending Beer Co: Operating since 2017, this craft brewery specializes in hazy and juicy New England-style IPAs. The taproom features 12 rotating beers on draft, poured alongside pub food and live music on weekends. Beer lovers head here to enjoy a pint with friends in a laid-back atmosphere.
  3. Denino’s Pizza Place: For over 40 years, Denino’s has served hand-tossed pizzas with homemade dough and sauce made fresh daily. Customers rave about the hot grinders – hefty hero sandwiches stuffed with meats and fixings. The family-friendly restaurant is a longtime favorite spot for occasions big and small.
  4. PNC Bank Arts Center: This 18,000-seat outdoor amphitheater has hosted major acts ranging from Paul McCartney to Taylor Swift since opening in 1969. The summer concert schedule brings some of the biggest names in music to the lush lawn for performances under the stars.
  5. Kennedy Skate Park: This skate park features bowls, ramps, rails, and a street course challenging for all skill levels. The park sees plenty of action year-round, attracting skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters seeking a place to practice tricks and hone their skills.

Aberdeen Township’s array of attractions, businesses, and recreational amenities – from casual diners to concerts under the stars – reflect the priorities and passions of this close-knit community.

Aberdeen residents value spending time with family and friends, partaking in the township’s natural beauty, and supporting locally-owned establishments that enhance the quality of life. These shared qualities help define Aberdeen’s character and small-town charm, anchoring residents in their close-knit community for years to come.

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