Middletown Township, locally referred to as simply Middletown, is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Due to the township’s location alongside of the Raritan Bay within the Tri-State Area, Middletown is a prominent bedroom community of New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 66,522, making it the state’s 16th largest municipality, having seen an increase of 195 residents (0.3%) from its population of 66,327 in the 2000 Census, when it was the state’s 17th most populous municipality, which had in turn declined by 1,856 (−2.7%) from the 68,183 counted in the 1990 Census. Middletown is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey.
Due to its affluence, low crime, access to cultural activities, public school system, and central commuting location, Middletown was ranked in 2006, 2008, and 2010, and 2014 Top 100 in CNNMoney.com‘s Best Places to Live. Time magazine listed Middletown on its list of “Best Places to Live 2014”.In 2016, SafeWise named Middletown Township as the fifth-safest city in America to raise a child; the township was the highest ranked of the 12 communities in New Jersey included on the list.Small communities of the Lenape Navesink tribe were common throughout the area when the first known European landing in what would become Middletown Township occurred in 1609.
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