Monroe Township: A Southern Middlesex County Residential Beacon

At 43 square miles, Monroe Township is a diverse suburban-rural community centrally located between New York and Philadelphia.

With a strong, steady increase in population over the last 20 years, a strong commitment to its public schools, and a vast diversity of housing options, Monroe Township has emerged as one Middlesex County's premier residential destinations.

Add the fact that the Township—the largest in geographical scope in the county—has an impressive and aggressive open space and farmland preservation program, Monroe has proved that is is more than possible to balance growth and community character. With more than 5,000 acres of preserved land, which includes open green spaces and its highly utilized parks, the Township also has more preserved farmland than any other Middlesex County municipality with 10 farms totaling more than 1,300 acres preserved.

The Township’s bustling Public Library sees more than 1,200 visitors each day to borrow a book or movie, do some research, take a class, or just relax with a good book by the fireplace. The Library also has many outreach programs, such as supplying free passes to many museums and galleries in the tri-state area thanks to special funding by the Friends of the Library.

In addition, the Township Community Center on Monmouth Road is a major hub of activity in the north end of the Township overseeing a variety of sports, camps and clubs for children and adults. The facility has two full-size gyms, an auxiliary gym, fitness center, meeting rooms and office space for the Township Recreation Department. The fitness center is one of the most popular features with more than 2,275 registered residents that use the cardio equipment and weight training machines that are available.

Furthermore, the Township’s new Senior Center on Halsey Reed Road has more than 15,650 registered members who take part in the many programs, classes and support groups offered by the Township’s Office of Senior Services.

Monroe also has the second lowest crime rate in Middlesex County with only Helmetta having a lower rate. Couple that with the unique population make-up with more than 50 percent of the homes in Monroe in gated active adult communities, a low tax rate and the outstanding school district, Monroe was named the best community for empty nesters in New Jersey by NJ Monthly magazine and the 14th safest town in NJ according to a list compiled by the private security company SafeWise.

In August 2014, Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed Monroe’s AA Stable bond rating, citing the Township’s “very strong budget flexibility and strong financial performance.”

Monroe Township many services for residents of all ages, its outstanding school district, thousands of acres of open space make it a great place to live, raise a family and retire.