There were 17,260 households, of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the township, 26.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.
The Census Bureau showed that in 2010 median household income was $89,287 and the median family income was $102,015. Males had a median income of $71,499 versus $54,308 for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,489. About 4.5% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
The most common first ancestry group cited by Howell residents in the 2000 Census was German (17.7%), English (12.7%), Irish (11.5%), United States or American (9.9%), Polish (6.6%), French (except Basque) (4.0%) and Italian (2.7%).
There were 16,063 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.42.
In the township the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.
The median income for a household in the township in 2000 was $68,069, and the median income for a family was $74,623. Males had a median income of $55,349 versus $34,722 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,143. About 3.1% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Howell Township operates within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the Council-Manager form of municipal government. The township is governed by a mayor and a four-member Township Council who are elected in partisan elections to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either three council seats or one council seat and the mayoral seat up for election in even years. At an annual reorganization meeting held after each election, the council selects a deputy mayor from among its members.
As of 2014[update], members of the Howell Township Council are Mayor William Gotto (R, term on council ends December 31, 2016; term as mayor ends 2014), Deputy Mayor Robert Nicastro (R, term on council and as deputy mayor ends 2014), Edward Guz (R, 2016), Pauline Smith (R, 2014) and Robert Walsh (R, serving an unexpired term ending in November 2013).
Former mayor Robert Walsh was named to fill the seat vacated by William Gotto after Gotto took office as mayor in January 2013. Walsh's appointed portion of the term ends at the November 2013 general election, though Walsh was the only candidate to submit a petition to serve the balance of the term through December 2014.
The Township Manager is Helene Schlegel. The Chief of the Howell Police Department is Ronald T. Carter.
Federal, state and county representation
Howell Township is located in the 4th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 30th state legislative district.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 33,176 registered voters in Howell Township, of which 6,622 (20.0%) were registered as Democrats, 7,744 (23.3%) were registered as Republicans and 18,798 (56.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 12 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 54.8% of the vote here (13,854 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 42.7% (10,790 votes) and other candidates with 1.2% (300 votes), among the 25,278 ballots cast by the township's 34,490 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 59.0% of the vote here (13,579 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 39.1% (8,990 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (219 votes), among the 23,015 ballots cast by the township's 31,549 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.0.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 68.7% of the vote here (11,187 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 24.7% (4,023 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.4% (886 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (127 votes), among the 16,287 ballots cast by the township's 33,461 registered voters, yielding a 48.7% turnout.
The Howell Township Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 12 schools had an enrollment of 6,522 students and 518.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.59:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Adelphia School (grades K-5; 377 students), Aldrich School (K-5; 565), Ardena School (K-5; 435), Greenville School (K-5; 463), Griebling School (K-5; 501), Land O' Pines School (PreK-5; 521), Newbury School (PreK-5; 413), Ramtown School (K-5; 459), Taunton School (K-5; 462), Memorial Middle School (6-8; 668), Middle School North (6-8; 827) and Middle School South (6-8; 831).
Manasquan Reservoir offers nature and exercise related activities such as fishing, bird watching, jogging, biking, dog walking. The reservoir also has a nature exhibit where people can go see the local wildlife.
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 292.75 miles (471.14 km) of roadways, of which 242.91 miles (390.93 km) were maintained by the municipality, 26.25 miles (42.25 km) by Monmouth County and 23.59 miles (37.96 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
^Well, to begin with, Farmingdale is roughly less than one square mile, and Howell Township is sixty-four square miles, roughly. First of all, our mail, going way back, used to come out of Farmingdale Post Office and was delivered into parts of Howell Township. We had to put our address down as Farmingdale, although we did not live in Farmingdale. And today it stands. This part of Howell gets all of its mail from Farmingdale from south of the Boro boundary line with Howell to the 195 overpass now, eastward to Wall Township and westward to within a mile of Highway 9."
^O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "MARTIANS AMONG US: HOWELL IS READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP", Asbury Park Press, May 15, 2005. Accessed March 21, 2012. "Howell residents were delighted to see a big-time movie star and director just before Thanksgiving - Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg, who were in town shooting scenes for the upcoming release "War of the Worlds."... The Ardena Acres development of Howell and a nearby farm were used by Spielberg in updating Wells' 19th-century story..."
^Raum, John O. The History of New Jersey: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 1, p. 250, J. E. Potter and company, 1877. Accessed July 11, 2013. "Howell was formed from Shrewsbury in 1801, and is ten miles long by seven wide. The New Jersey Southern, and Farmingdale and Squan Village Railroads, pass through the township. The central part contains marl pits of excellent quality, among the principal of which is the Squankum marl. The Hominy hills are located in the northern part, but in other respects it is generally level ground New Bargain is a small settlement near the middle of the township. Farmingdale is a place of considerable importance brought into notice through the marl pits located in its vicinity. Howell township contained in 1850, 4,058 inhabitants; in 1860, 2,574; and in 1870, 3,371."
^Kennelty, Greg. "Walsh to run for Howell council seat", Tri-Town News, April 11, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2013. "Republican William Gotto was elected to a four-year term as mayor. Because Gotto was elected mayor and took office in January, he had to give up the seat he held on the Township Council.Howell Republicans presented the names of three residents to the council, and the members of the governing body chose to appoint Walsh to the council seat Gotto vacated."
^Church - St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Howell, Art & Architecture of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Accessed October 17, 2013. "One of the most impressively decorated cathedrals in New Jersey is St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell. St. Alexander’s is in the jurisdiction of ROCOR (the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia), led by Metropolitan Laurus. The parish was established in 1936 by Archbishop Vitaly on a piece of land donated by Yulia Martinovna Plavskaya."
^Staff. "John Blewett nabs second straight victory at Wall", Holmdel Independent, July 14, 2004. Accessed October 17, 2013. "John Blewett III of Howell scored his second straight Modified win Saturday night in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series 35-lap main event at Wall Township Speedway."
^Staff. "Hackensack native joins 'Big Brother' cast", The Record (Bergen County), June 20, 2014. Accessed December 17, 2014. "Cody Calafiore of Hackensack is among the 16 'Houseguests' competing on the new season of Big Brother, which premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on CBS. Calafiore, 23, is a sales account executive who currently lives in Howell."
^Mikle, Jean. "Farewell to Vinnie Roslin", Asbury Park Press The Music Room, February 15, 2012. Accessed October 17, 2013. "The Jersey Shore music scene lost yet another of its luminaries last week, when bass player Vinnie Roslin passed away of complications related to heart surgery. Born in 1947, Roslin, who grew up in the Howell and Freehold areas, was a founding member of Steel Mill along with Bruce Springsteen, Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez and Danny Federici."