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Howell is located at the southern end of Monmouth County. Formed in 1801, territory was taken from Shrewsbury Township. This town was named after Richard Howell, New Jersey’s third governor. The Manasquan River was a major transportation route, consequently, roadways were built to connect farms with the Manasquan River for transportation of goods. In fact, the roadways which are now Route 9 and Route 33 were based upon old Lenape Indian trails. Stagecoach service started in the 1850s along Route 524, which is still called Stagecoach Rd in some areas.
Early industry in Howell included an iron works company, brick production, agriculture, marl (an early form of fertilizer) and poultry. In the 1930s Monmouth County was the leading egg producer in the country. A major egg producing facility is still in operation in Howell. Parts of Naval Weapons Station Earle are located in Howell.
The 2010 Census reported 51,000 + people living in Howell, along with over 17,000 households. The median income was $89,287 and in addition,the per capita income was $35,489. Most of the homes are single family homes, however there are 9 condo complexes and four active adult communities. The northern section of Howell has a Freehold mailing address.
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There are 12 schools in the township’s school system, of which there are nine K-5, in addition to three schools which are grades 6-8.
Students in high school will attend either Howell High School or Freehold Township High School, which are two of the schools in the Freehold Regional High School District. Furthermore, each school offers different specialized courses. Talented and motivated students may apply to attend any of these schools, however, there is a competitive application process.
There are six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District, and students will attend the high school according to boundaries set by the district. Most, but not all students will attend the school which is located in their town.
SAT scores at all of the high schools consistently exceed state and national averages. More than 87 percent of the district’s students pursue higher education.
When a student enters high school, they may also apply to one of the five high schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District. Specialized courses are available in fields such as computer science, and biotechnology. Also courses in the medical and science fields are available, among others.
In addition, nearby private schools are Saint Veronica’s School, Monmouth Academy, St John in Matawan, St Rose in Belmar, CBA in Middletown, Red Bank Catholic in Red Bank – among others.
Dining and Shopping
Route 9 is the major shopping area. There are many shopping centers offering major retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Kohls’, Lowes and more. The Route 9 shopping area extends north into Freehold, and south into Lakewood. Raceway Mall is minutes away, with over 200 stores to choose from. The popular warehouse clubs are nearby and the area also has many restaurants to choose from.
Near Howell 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, Red Bank’s Count Basie Theater has concerts and shows,in addition to plays at the Two River Theater. Don’t miss the high school musicals in the spring. New York City is less than 2 hours away by car, furthermore you can take a bus or catch a train from Matawan. If you prefer, Atlantic City is less than 2 hours drive.
Parks and Recreation
A summer camp program for grade school children is available. Parks are scattered throughout Howell, also, at the Manasquan Reservoir you can pursue boating, fishing, bicycle trails, hiking and much more, and it’s a major destination for the entire area. The Monmouth County Library is nearby 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.
Commuting is easy because major roadways go through Howell – Route 9, Route 195 and Route 33, and The Garden State Parkway is near (exits 91 and 100). Also, there are 2 Park n Ride lots on Route 9, giving access to bus service to NYC.
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