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Marlboro, NJ

Marlboro Township is a scenic suburban community situated in the northeastern corner of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The township encompasses approximately 43 square miles between the Jersey Shore and New York City, providing an ideal blend of metropolitan commuting convenience and relaxed small-town living.

Marlboro’s temperate climate features crisp autumns, relatively warm and snowy winters, late springs, and humid summers with average high temperatures in the 80s. The township consists primarily of residential neighborhoods along with some industry and commercial areas centered around Route 18, Route 34, and Interstate 195.

Marlboro’s lovingly tended homes, parks, and recreation areas create an atmosphere of family-friendly tranquility, yet residents have quick access to the shopping, dining, and cultural attractions of nearby towns.

Famous People

Marlboro Township has been the launching point for several notable figures who have gone on to find fame on Broadway stages, baseball diamonds, and television screens.

Derek Jeter was raised in Marlboro where he first developed his love for baseball. He would go on to become a New York Yankees legend, winning 5 World Series championships during a 20-year career as their star shortstop.

Idina Menzel’s powerhouse vocals were first nurtured in Marlboro’s school choir programs as a teenager. She has since originated iconic roles on Broadway like Maureen in “Rent” and Elphaba in “Wicked,” earning a Tony Award along the way.

Paul Wesley and Melissa Rauch both leaped from acting roles in high school productions in Marlboro to major parts on hit TV shows. Wesley rose to fame as Stefan Salvatore on “The Vampire Diaries” while Rauch currently stars as Bernadette on the long-running sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

These celebrities and more call Marlboro Township their hometown, having been shaped by its close-knit community spirit and small-town values before going on to conquer the big stages of New York City and Hollywood. Marlboro continues to foster the talents of future stars who will one day add their names to this esteemed list.

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Population

The township has a total population of 41,478 residents according to the 2022 census, marking a 3.2% increase from 2010. The township has a relatively low population density of 1,305 people per square mile. This reflects Marlboro’s spacious, suburban character despite its location near major cities.

Racial Makeup

The population of Marlboro Township is largely White, with racial minorities making up a sizeable portion of residents as well.

Demographics

  • Age: The median age of residents in Marlboro is 43. 
  • Gender: Approximately 47.23% of the population is male, and 52.76% is female.
  • Households: There are 6,175 households, with an average household size of 3.072.
  • Education: Approximately 96.4% of residents have a high school diploma or higher, and approximately 54.6% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Median household income: $162,525
  • Per capita income: $50,480 (in 2021 dollars)

History

Marlboro Township boasts a rich history spanning over 300 years. When European settlers first arrived in the late 1600s, the area was home to the Lenape Native Americans who called it Napanokesack meaning “pleasant fields.”

Farming formed the backbone of Marlboro’s early economy. Immigrants from Long Island cleared the fertile plains to grow crops like wheat, corn, and potatoes. Agriculture remained the predominant way of life for residents through the 18th and 19th centuries.

However, the mid-20th century brought changes as development spread outward from New York City. Marlboro’s spacious lots, excellent schools, and accessibility via major highways attracted many city dwellers looking to escape the bustle. The construction of Interstate 195 in the 1960s only accelerated this suburban transformation.

Today, although some farming persists on the outskirts, Marlboro has largely become a bedroom community. Most residents work outside the township in fields like finance, technology, health care, and education.

Yet reminders of Marlboro’s agricultural roots still endure. Historic structures from the township’s early decades stand as both landmarks and living reminders of the hardworking colonists who first turned the fields into a thriving community — laying the foundation for what the township is today.

Healthcare

Healthcare in Marlboro Township is served by a number of hospitals, medical centers, and clinics. Residents have access to both regional and national healthcare systems.

Healthcare ProviderLocationServices Offered
Monmouth Medical CenterPart of the statewide RWJBarnabas Health systemFull range of inpatient and outpatient services, Level II trauma center, cardiac services, cancer care, imaging, and emergency services
CentraState Healthcare SystemFreeholdTwo hospitals – CentraState Medical Center and CentraState Family Health Center, provide cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, and emergency care
Hackensack Meridian Health PavilionMarlboroPrimary and specialty care including family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, OB/GYN, imaging, laboratory, and rehabilitation
Atlantic Health System Medical GroupMarlboroA multi-specialty medical group with primary care physicians and specialists in cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and urology

Education

The Marlboro Township School District serves students from preschool through high school. The district is highly rated, with Marlboro High School ranked 44th in the state in 2019.

Students achieve excellent outcomes as evidenced by high test scores, graduation rates, and college attendance. But teachers and parents stress it’s more than the numbers – dedicated educators and involved families create a supportive learning environment where children thrive.

Beyond core academics, the district offers a diverse course catalog including world languages, the arts, business, and technology. Programs reflect Marlboro’s balance of suburban comfort and small-town community.

Locals point to traditions like elementary school spring concerts and high school football games as examples of the school’s role at the heart of the community. And private schools offer alternatives for families seeking religious-based or smaller class size options.

Transportation

The Township of Marlboro residents have a variety of transportation options available to them:

  • Highways 18, 34, and 195 provide car access to surrounding areas.
  • NJ Transit bus services number 316, 839, and 869 go to New Brunswick Train Station with connections to Newark, NYC, and Philadelphia. Commute times to NYC are 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Monmouth Airport in Wall offers flights on Cape Air and other carriers.
  • The closest NJ Transit rail stations are in Red Bank and Newark, about 30 minutes by car.
  • Uber/Lyft and taxis operate locally.
  • Streets, sidewalks, and trails allow bicycling and walking, but distances and lack of lanes limit use for most trips.
  • Personal vehicles are primarily used, but public transit, air travel, and alternatives exist for some trips. The location provides access to broader transportation networks.
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Points of Interest

Marlboro Township offers visitors a variety of places to see and experience, from historic sites and natural areas to recreational attractions and culinary delights. Residents enjoy:

  1. Henry Hudson Trail: This trail winds through woodlands, wetlands, and along the Herberts Brook tributary, offering walkers and cyclists a peaceful escape from the bustle of suburban life. Trailheads on Cooper Road and Magnolia Avenue provide access to over three miles of serene countryside.
  2. Old Brick Reformed Church: This historic house of worship dating from 1740 showcases a blend of Colonial and Georgian architectural styles with a distinctive steeple rising above the landscape. The church building still holds services today, maintaining a spiritual presence at the heart of Marlboro for over two centuries.
  3. Luxe Limo Service: Let Luxe Limo Service whisk you around town in style. Their luxury SUVs and spacious limousines provide a comfortable, chauffeured experience to make any outing – from dinner dates to business meetings – truly memorable.
  4. Fireside Grill and Bar: This neighborhood restaurant has been a local favorite for decades. The cozy ambiance, attentive service, and chef’s creative American cuisine – from steak and seafood to creative pizzas and salads – invite diners to slow down and savor a meal with friends in Marlboro.
  5. Church of Saint Gabriel: This Roman Catholic church’s beautifully landscaped grounds and soaring steeple have been a Marlboro landmark for over 50 years. The church’s dedication to its parishioners through masses, sacraments and community outreach continually anchors the spiritual life of the township.
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