According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 30.839 square miles (79.873 km2), of which, 30.607 square miles (79.271 km2) of it is land and 0.232 square miles (0.602 km2) of it (0.75%) is water. Elevation is 82 feet (25 m). The township completely surrounds Englishtown.
There were 13,263 households, of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the township, 25.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.7 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $103,970 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,322) and the median family income was $115,292 (+/- $5,344). Males had a median income of $85,086 (+/- $5,699) versus $51,695 (+/- $3,038) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,049 (+/- $1,717). About 2.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
There were 10,781 households out of which 47.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the township the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $83,575, and the median income for a family was $94,112. Males had a median income of $72,198 versus $39,921 for females. The per capita income for the township was $32,142. About 3.2% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Manalapan Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor for one year.
As of 2014[update], members of the Manalapan Township Committee are Mayor Jordan Maskowitz (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2016; term as mayor ends 2014), Deputy Mayor Jack MacNaboe (R. term on committee and as deputy mayor ends 2014), Susan Cohen (R, 2014), Ryan D. Green (R, 2015) and Mary Ann Musich (R, 2016).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 26,256 registered voters in Manalapan Township, of which 6,925 (26.4%) were registered as Democrats, 4,439 (16.9%) were registered as Republicans and 14,875 (56.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 17 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 51.9% of the vote here (10,150 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 45.9% (8,984 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (160 votes), among the 19,553 ballots cast by the township's 26,582 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.6%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 52.2% of the vote here (9,254 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 46.2% (8,185 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (96 votes), among the 17,730 ballots cast by the township's 23,926 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 74.1.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.9% of the vote here (7,581 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 32.6% (3,995 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 4.4% (536 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (69 votes), among the 12,251 ballots cast by the township's 26,168 registered voters, yielding a 46.8% turnout.
Students in public school for Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, which also serves children from Englishtown. Over 90% of the district's students are from Manalapan. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's eight schools had an enrollment of 5,161 students and 395.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.06:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics) are John I. Dawes Early Learning Center (413 students; in PreK and K), Clark Mills School (568; 1-5), Lafayette Mills School (499; 1-5), Milford Brook School (530; 1-5), Taylor Mills School (587; 1-5), Wemrock Brook School (632; 1-5), Pine Brook School (650; 6th grade) and Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School (1,282; 7 & 8).
Manalapan's crime rate per 1,000 residents had reached a low of 8.4 in 2003 (in data since 1996). After reaching a peak of 12.1 in 2007, the rate dropped each subsequent year, reaching 10.4 in 2010 before an uptick to 10.8 in 2011. The violent crime rate per 1,000 had reached a low of 0.3 in 2005, before climbing to 0.8 in 2007, then declining or remaining level in each succeeding year, reaching a rate of 0.4 in 2011.
In 2008, seven residents of Manalapan were arrested on money laundering and drug trafficking charges, bringing in a net of $1 million per month in an international drug ring.
On May 27, 2001, Manalapan was struck by a tornado rated at F2 on the Fujita scale, causing over $1 million in damage. The 200-foot-wide (61 m) tornado had winds of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) over a path of 1.5 miles (2.4 km).
Manalapan's Recreation Center covers 162 acres, offering two handball courts, nine softball/baseball fields, a fitness trail, two football fields (one turf), nine football/soccer fields, two street hockey courts, three tot lots, six basketball courts, six tennis courts, two bocce courts, two sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, concession stand, two picnic areas, two maintenance buildings, two shelter buildings and a headquarters building.
Roads and highways
As of 2010[update], the township had a total of 192.19 miles (309.30 km) of roadways, of which 164.98 miles (265.51 km) were maintained by the municipality, 19.15 miles (30.82 km) by Monmouth County and 8.06 miles (12.97 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Manalapan hosts U.S. Route 9 in the northeast, and State Route 33 passes through near the southern part of the township. Major county routes, such as 522 and 527 traverse through the municipality, while 537 goes along the southeast border of the township.
^Chang, Kathy; and Kesten, Karen L. "Birth of a town", News Transcript, December 16, 2009. Accessed September 23, 2013. "Manalapan is said to derive its name from the Lenape word for 'land of good bread or good land to settle upon.' Englishtown was a part of Manalapan. The Monmouth Battlefield lands are 80 percent in Manalapan."
^Wikoff, Lydia. "Manalapan Spanning Three Centuries", Manalapan Township. Accessed February 24, 2012. "You are well aware that Manalapan was the site of the Battle of Monmouth, a Revolutionary War engagement held on June 28, 1778 involving 30,000 British and Continental troops. On the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle, in 1978, the State opened the 1,520 acre Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Eighty percent of the Park is in Manalapan Township."
^Rosman, Mark. "Maskowitz, Musich, McNaboe win Manalapan committee seats", News Transcript, November 13, 2013. Accessed September 17, 2014. "Republicans will maintain a 5-0 majority on the Manalapan Township Committee in 2014 as three Republicans were elected to office on Nov. 5. Incumbent Jordan Maskowitz and newcomer Maryann Musich were elected to three-year terms with 5,704 and 5,537 votes, respectively.... In the race for a one-year term on the committee, incumbent Republican Jack Mc- Naboe received 5,490 votes to turn back a challenge from newcomer Democrat David Goldstein, who received 3,915 votes."
^Diamant, Jeff. "Seven arrested in Monmouth County drug bust", The Star-Ledger, June 2, 2008. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Based at the multi-million dollar Manalapan home of its alleged leader, it operated out of 'quiet suburbia' but had contacts worldwide, said Gerard McAleer, special agent in charge of the DEA's New Jersey division."
^Saulny, Susan. "It's Official: Sunday Storm In New Jersey Was a Tornado", The New York Times, May 29, 2001. Accessed August 6, 2012. "A storm that ravaged Manalapan, N.J., on Sunday night was a tornado, National Weather Service meteorologists determined yesterday.... Assessments of damage to buildings in Manalapan, a township in central New Jersey, placed wind speed at 120 miles per hour, and determined that the twister was 200 feet wide and traveled a path about a mile and a half long, said John Quagliariello, a meteorologist in the weather service's office in Mount Holly, N.J."
^Strunsky, Steve. "HOT DIGGITY! DOG DIGGITY! -- FAME; Eating His Way to the Top", The New York Times, May 24, 1998. Accessed August 6, 2012. "Michael DeVito, 36, of Manalapan, won five straight state championships, from 1992 to 1996, in competitions sponsored by that hallowed wiener institution, Nathan's. He is also a three-time world champion -- 1990, 1993 and 1994 -- in the contest held every Fourth of July at the Nathan's on Surf Avenue in Coney Island."
^Grossman, Jeremy. "Local comedian Vic DiBitetto prepares for breakout year ", News Transcript, November 27, 2014. Accessed December 14, 2014. "In show business, it’s not 'who you know,' but 'who knows you.' At least, that seems to be the case for Manalapan resident Vic DiBitetto, who, after 30 years of fighting in the trenches of stand-up comedy, has finally made it big."