Beautiful Ocean county, located on the Jersey Shore, with the county seat being Toms River, has been one of the fastest growing areas of the state since the 1990's. The county's population is nearly 600,000 making it the state's 6th most populated county.
Ocean County, the fastest growing number of residents, and the second highest percentage of growth, was established on February 15 1850 from portions of Monmouth County and with the addition of Little Egg harbor Township, which was annexed from Burlington County on March 30, 1891.
Ocean county is 50 miles east of Philadelphia, 70 miles south of NUC, and 25 miles North of Atlantic City, making a prime destination for these cities duringthe summer months.
As part of the NY metropolitan area, many tourists from Delaware Valley residents will visit many of the beachfront communities of Seaside Heights, Long Beach
Island, Point Pleasant Beach and Six Flags Great Advanture.
Ocrean county is also a gateway to NJ's Pine Barrens, one of the largest protected pieces of land on the East Coast.
Established on March 7 1683, and still part of the province of East Jersey, the county was separated in 3 townships. Freehold, Middletown and Shrewsbury.
There has been discussion as to where the name "Monmouth" came from, some suggested from Colonel Lewis Morris that it was named after Monmouthshire in Wales Great Britain, while others believe it was named for James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (1649-1685). County government was first established in 1714.
On June 28 1714, Battle of Monmouth, near Freehold Township, solders under General Washington battled against Sir Henry Clinton's forces in the longest land battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Monmouth County is known for being a mecca of boating and fishing. Its waterways include several rivers and bays that flow from the Raritan Bayshore into Raritan Bay and Lower New York Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean. The Manasquan inlet is also located in the county which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the estuary of the Manasquan River, that is the starting point of the Intracoastal Waterway, famous for boaters during the summer season.
The adjacent counties to the northwest is Middlesex County, to the South: Ocean County, the West: Mercer County, Southwest: Burlington County, North: Richmond County, NY, and Northeast: Nassau County, NY
Historical Notes On Burlington County NJ
Burlington County, New Jersey is the largest county by land area, consisting of approximately 819.84 sq miles. Located in the Delaware Valley area, east of the Delaware River. It stretches across the entire state, with its southernmost corner reaching the tidal estuaries which connect to NJ's Great Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The land area of Burlington County includes important rivers such as Rancocas Creek, Assiscunk Creek, Mullica River and others
The county was established in 1694 in the Province of West Jersey, "by the union of the first and second Tenths". Named for Bridlington, a town in England.
Burlington was also the seat of government for the Province of West Jersey, until its merger with East Jersey in 1702, forming the Province of New Jersey. Later in 1714, one section of the county was partitioned and became Hunterdon County, which was later partitioned to form three more counties. The county seat was moved to a more central location in 1793 to Mount Holly.
History of Middlesex County
New Jersey's 2nd most populated county, with an estimated population around 825,000. Located next to and is considered part of the NY metropolitan area. The county seat is New Brunswick.
Established on March 7, 1683, as part of the Province of East Jersey and separated on Oct 31 1693, into the townships of Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. Somerset County was established on May 14, 1688 from portions of Middlesex County. Middlesex county has extensive park systems totally over 6300 acres.
The center of population of the state of New Jersey is located in Middlesex County, in East Brunswick Township, just east of the New Jersey Turnpike. The 2000 Census showed that the county ranked 63rd in the United States among the highest-income counties by median household. The Bureau of Economic Analysis ranked the county as having the 143rd-highest per capita income of all 3,113 counties in the United States (and the 10th-highest in New Jersey) as of 2009. Middlesex County holds the nickname, "The Greatest County in the Land".
The county seat of Mercer County NJ is the state capital, Trenton. The county is part of the Trenton-Princton Metropolitan area, and is also considered part of the NY area by the Census Bureau. It also borders Philadelphia Metro area.
The NJ legislature in 1838 formed the county from protions of Burlington county, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties. Named after Hugh Mercer, general in the continental army, who died from his wounds suffered at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.
Home to Princton University, Rider College, The college of NJ, Thomas Edison State University and Mercer County Community College, Mercer County is populated with about 366,000 people on 228.89 sq miles of land and water..
Mercer County lost 27 residents killed by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in lower Manhatten. A 10 foot steel beam representing that attack was donated by the Port Authority of NY and NJ on March 2011 and can be seen at Mercer County Park.
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