Freehold Borough, New Jersey
|Borough of Freehold, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 25, 1869 (as town)|
|Reincorporated||April 15, 1919 (as borough)|
|• Mayor||Nolan Higgins (D, term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Joseph B. Bellina|
|• Clerk||Traci L. DiBenedetto|
|• Total||1.952 sq mi (5.055 km2)|
|• Land||1.950 sq mi (5.050 km2)|
|• Water||0.002 sq mi (0.005 km2) 0.09%|
|Area rank||416th of 566 in state
31st of 53 in county
|Elevation||171 ft (52 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||204th of 566 in state
17th of 53 in county
|• Density||6,180.8/sq mi (2,386.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||81st of 566 in state
8th of 53 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885226|
Freehold is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. It is the county seat of Monmouth County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 12,052, reflecting an increase of 1,076 (+9.8%) from the 10,976 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 234 (+2.2%) from the 10,742 counted in the 1990 Census.
What is now Freehold Borough was originally incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 25, 1869, from portions within Freehold Township. The town became independent of the township in 1888. On April 15, 1919, Freehold was incorporated as a borough, including all of Freehold and additional portions of Freehold Township, based on the results of a referendum held on July 8, 1919. Additional portions of Freehold Township were annexed on September 7, 1926.
The Hispanic population is rapidly growing in Freehold Borough, making up only 4.6% (0.2% Mexican) in the 1980 Census, 11.3% (2.8% Mexican) in the 1990 Census, 28.0% (17.3% Mexican) in 2000 and making up nearly half (42.9%, 29.6% Mexican) in 2010. With this change, the Black or African American population has been diminishing, making up 17.1% in 1970, 19.8% in 1980, 18.2% in 1990, 15.8% in 2000 and 12.6% in 2010.
Freehold Borough is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.952 square miles (5.055 km2), of which 1.950 square miles (5.050 km2) is land and 0.002 square mile (0.005 km2) (0.09%) is water. It is situated in the heart of Monmouth County and is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of New York City and 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Philadelphia. Freehold is also about 16 miles (26 km) west of Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore.(40.260219,-74.275884). According to the
Freehold has an elevation of 174 feet (53 m) above sea level in the center of town.
1930-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,052 people, 4,006 households, and 2,660 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,180.8 inhabitants per square mile (2,386.4 /km2). There were 4,249 housing units at an average density of 2,179.1 per square mile (841.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 65.72% (7,920) White, 12.57% (1,515) Black or African American, 0.52% (63) Native American, 2.89% (348) Asian, 0.07% (8) Pacific Islander, 15.35% (1,850) from other races, and 2.89% (348) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42.87% (5,167) of the population.
There were 4,006 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.48.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.3 years. For every 100 females there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $52,000 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,634) and the median family income was $60,471 (+/- $3,989). Males had a median income of $29,752 (+/- $8,068) versus $34,976 (+/- $8,305) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,331 (+/- $1,602). About 13.1% of families and 16.01% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,976 people, 3,695 households, and 2,571 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,501.1 people per square mile (2,118.9/km2). There were 3,821 housing units at an average density of 1,915.1 per square mile (737.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 71.02% White, 15.83% Black, .55% Native American, 2.45% Asian, .02% Pacific Islander, 6.64% from other races, and 3.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.07% of the population.
There were 3,695 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.39.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $48,654, and the median income for a family was $53,374. Males had a median income of $35,855 versus $30,377 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,910. About 7.7% of families and 12% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
Freehold operates under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, and is governed by a mayor and a six-member borough council. The mayor is directly elected by the voters to a four-year term of office. Borough council members serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year. The governing body conducts all of its business during twice-monthly public meetings and is empowered to adopt local ordinances and pass resolutions.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Freehold Borough is Nolan Higgins. Members of the Freehold Borough Council are Council President Sharon Shutzer, Michael J. DiBenedetto, Kevin A. Kane, John F. Newman, George Schnurr and Jaye Sims.
In the November 2011 general election, Nolan Higgins ran unopposed for a four-year term as mayor and fellow Democrats Michael DiBenedetto and George Schnurr both won re-election to another three years on the borough council, all with terms of office that will begin in January 2012.
Federal, state and county representation 
Freehold Borough is located in the 4th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 11th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Freehold Borough had been in the 12th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 11th legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jennifer Beck (R, Red Bank) and in the General Assembly by Mary Pat Angelini (R, Ocean Township, Monmouth County) and Caroline Casagrande (R, Colts Neck Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2013[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2013) John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015), Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; 2014), and Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township), Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale) and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,108 registered voters in Freehold, of which 1,459 (28.6%) were registered as Democrats, 820 (16.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,827 (55.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 57.7% of the vote here (2,222 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 39.0% (1,500 votes) and other candidates with 1.4% (53 votes), among the 3,849 ballots cast by the borough's 5,390 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 52.3% of the vote here (1,955 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 45.6% (1,705 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (50 votes), among the 3,737 ballots cast by the borough's 5,316 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 70.3.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.0% of the vote here (1,360 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 36.6% (906 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.9% (170 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (26 votes), among the 2,474 ballots cast by the borough's 5,178 registered voters, yielding a 47.8% turnout.
Freehold Borough's public school students in grades pre-K through 8 attend the Freehold Borough Schools. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Freehold Learning Center (grades PreK-5, 506 students), Park Avenue Elementary School (PreK-5; 514) and Freehold Intermediate School (6–8; 393).
Students in public school for grades 9–12 attend Freehold High School, as part of the Freehold Regional High School District or may apply to attend the district's specialized programs housed in other high schools in the FRHSD. The Freehold Regional High School District also serves students from Colts Neck Township, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Manalapan Township and Marlboro.
The independent Freehold Public Library is one of the remaining Carnegie-funded libraries in the state and is believed to be the only one with the name "Carnegie Library" engraved on its front. It is not part of the Monmouth County Library system.
Freehold was originally named Monmouth Courthouse. In 1714, John Reid, the first Surveyor General of East Jersey, wanted the county seat located in Freehold Township and thus sold the property to the Board of Chosen Freeholders at a bargain price, what may have been the deciding factor in Freehold's competition with Middletown and Shrewsbury for the site. In return for the heavily discounted price, Reid placed a restrictive covenant in the deed that, should the property ever cease being used as a courthouse, ownership would revert to the Reid family. Direct descendants of John Reid still reside in Freehold Township.
Freehold also has a relatively forgotten but important place in the history of the bicycle. Cycling champion Arthur Augustus Zimmerman resided in the town during his racing career in the 1880s and 1890s, and from 1896–1899 operated the Zimmerman Bicycle Co.; the company's bicycles were known as the "Zimmy." Today, Freehold Borough is home to the Metz Bicycle Museum, where the only extant "Zimmy" can be seen.
African Americans made important contributions to the history of the borough and the county from the Revolutionary War era (Colonel Tye) to the present day. While the first African American official gained office in 2007 (Jaye Sims), Freehold was one of the centers of African American civil rights activity in New Jersey during the years leading up to the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1955.
The railroad was originally a Central Railroad of New Jersey branch connecting the still-active former Penn Central line from Jamesburg, New Jersey to CNJ's Seashore Branch and the New York and Long Branch line (now owned by New Jersey Transit) at Matawan, New Jersey. The Central Railroad of New Jersey went into bankruptcy in the early 1970s and entered into Conrail on April 1, 1976. Freight service on the rails from Freehold to Matawan was terminated in 1979 and the rails removed in 1980. Today, it is mostly a rail-trail.
New Jersey Transit bus service connects Freehold with towns along U.S. Route 9, Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City, to Philadelphia (via transfer in Lakewood) and to Six Flags Great Adventure located in Jackson Township. The 131, 135 and 139 provide service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, on the 67 to Newark, on the 64 and 67 to Jersey City and local service on the 833 and 836 routes.
Freehold Circle 
Freehold Circle was located near the western boundary of Freehold Borough near the Freehold Raceway. The circle carried traffic between US 9, Business Route 33 and Manalapan Avenue (CR 24); it was eliminated in the 1980s due to the increased traffic load caused by a boom in commercial and residential development. Most notable of the commercial development is the Freehold Raceway Mall, in Freehold Township just south of the old circle on US 9, whose development in the late 1980s was a major impetus to redesign the circle. The former circle now features several jughandles, and most Manalapan Avenue traffic must use a connector road to Business Route 33 to reach the main intersection, but it is still known by locals as Freehold Circle. In the early 1940s, the Freehold Circle was the planned terminus of highway that would funnel traffic from South Amboy to the Jersey Shore by way of Matawan and Marlboro Township.
- See also
Points of interest 
- Freehold Public Library
- Monmouth County Historical Association
- Freehold Raceway, the oldest racetrack in the United States.
- Hankinson-Moreau-Covenhoven House (Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1974)
- St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Freehold Borough, New Jersey), it was built in 1771 and added to the National Register in 1998.
- Freehold Jewish Center, a synagogue established in 1911
- Metz Bicycle Museum
- Olive Branch Lodge No 16 Free and Accepted Masons Instituted October 20, 1849
Notable natives 
Noted current and former residents of Freehold include:
- Scott Conover, former Detroit Lions offensive tackle and author of the children's book Can I Play Too? was raised in Freehold.
- Danny Lewis, NFL running back for the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants.
- Joel Parker, 20th Governor of New Jersey, elected to two non-consecutive terms (1863–1866 and 1871–1874). A lawyer by profession, he served as Attorney General of New Jersey in 1875 and as a justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court, from 1880–1888.
- Tim Perry, former NBA player, most notably with the Phoenix Suns.
- Darrell Reid, defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts.
- J. R. Smith, professional basketball player who has played for the New York Knicks.
- Rebecca Soni, Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games who set world records in the 100-meter breaststroke (short course) and the 200-meter breaststroke (short and long course).
- Bruce Springsteen, rock musician, was raised in Freehold Borough. The borough is the subject of his song "My Hometown," from the Born in the U.S.A. album, which described racial and economic tensions in the 1960s (the "textile mill being closed" was the A & M Karagheusian, Inc. rug mill at Center and Jackson Streets). Springsteen has also performed the humorous song "In Freehold" about the town. The song can be found on some bootleg live recordings.
- Walter Greason (born 1973), Scholar and local historian. Author of The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey.
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- Celano, Clare Marie. "Colts' Reid returns home with plan to help youths", News Transcript, June 21, 2006. Accessed May 15, 2007. "Reid, a former Freehold High School football player, is currently a member of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts but a piece of his heart remains in the town in which he grew up – Freehold Borough."
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