Monroe, NJ

Where to begin?

Locally, Monroe is known for its adult communities, but residents of all ages know the township is so much more. Ranked 14th among the safest cities in America, Monroe offers housing in a range of established neighborhoods. Spread across 42 square miles, Monroe is a growing community of residents that recognize the value of living in a semi-rural area with access to transportation hubs located on the outskirts of town. So much so, that the median age of Monroe has been dropping as services for all ages are expanding, such as public schools, parks and its newer library.

Monroe Township is one of 21 ‘doughnut’ community pairs in the state, surrounding the borough of Jamesburg. The towns share popular Thompson Park, a large area that offers a petting zoo,
picnicking, and events such as live concerts each summer. The park includes fishing on Lake Manalapan and a dedicated dog park.

What We Love About Monroe

● Residents support open space as part of the municipal tax, which is still one of the lowest in Middlesex County.
● Notable residents, past and present include:
○ New York Giant Antonio Pierce, Pro Bowl linebacker
○ Irene Craigmile Bolam, purported to be Amelia Earhardt, an assertion she denied
○ Nick Dini, Kansas City Royals catcher
○ Edwin Stern, acting justice of the NJ Supreme Court
● Farm stands and “Pick Your Own” produce in and near Monroe for fresh veggies, Christmas trees and sunflowers.


Monroe has made significant efforts to enhance the cultural and recreational opportunities for residents. Its Cultural Arts Commission brings live music and theater to the town. The mayor hosts annual shuffleboard and bocce tournaments. Historic Dey Farm hosts an annual old-fashioned baseball game, complete with ‘old-tyme’ rules. Dey Farm has been the recipient of Eagle Scout projects that have expanded Monroe’s understanding of its place in local history.

The Monroe Library is constantly busy, with farmer’s markets, craft fairs, lego clubs and beekeeping classes. The town’s recreation advisory board includes liaisons to ice hockey leagues, cricket, wrestling, table tennis, and many more. There’s truly something for everyone in this charming town.