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Colts Neck is a township in Monmouth Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population was 12,331.

What is now Colts Neck Township was established by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature as Atlantic Township on February 18, 1847, from portions of Freehold Townshipmarker, Middletown Townshipmarker and Shrewsbury Townshipmarker. The name was changed to Colts Neck Township as of November 6, 1962, based on the results of a referendum held that day.

Colts Neck ranks 39th among the Highest-income places in the United States with a population of at least 10,000.

Community

Colts Neck is an affluent suburb of Central New Jersey, located within the New York metropolitan areamarker. Many people choose to move to Colts Neck due to its open space and proximity to the Jersey Shore, while still being within commuting distance of New York Citymarker and, to a lesser extent, Philadelphiamarker. It is also a desirable location because of the town's strict zoning ordinances which have long kept out urban sprawl and chain retailers, allowing for locally owned businesses, while still being close to malls, movie theaters, and other amenities in neighboring communities. A 2007 study of New Jersey's wealthiest communities listed Colts Neck as New Jersey's 16th wealthiest town and categorized the town's population as top rung. The study describes a top rung population as the following:
These communities are the wealthiest consumer market, representing less than 1 percent of all U.S. households.
These highly educated residents are in their peak earning years, aged 45 to 64, in married-couple households, with or without children.
The median age is 42.3 years.
With the purchasing power to indulge any choice, Top Rung residents travel in style, both domestically and overseas.
This is the top market for owning or leasing a luxury car; residents favor new imported vehicles, especially convertibles.
Exercise and community activities are part of their busy lifestyle.
Avid readers, these residents find time to read two or more daily newspapers and countless books.


In addition, the township has a very strong Farmland Preservation Committee, which to date has preserved nearly 1,000 acres (4 km²) of land. This also is one way in which the town has been able to prevent large scale development. The township has very strict zoning regulations, and because there is no public water or sewage service, all homes must be built on not less than an acre.

Originally a farming community, Colts Neck has long been known for its large number of equestrian farms. From the 1950's into the 1970's many of Colts Neck's heavily wooded areas were developed with large colonial and ranch-style houses on acre sized lots. Following in the 1980s and continuing into the 2000s much of the town's farm land has been replaced with large houses, mansions and sprawling estates, although a large number of equestrian farms remain. During this time period increasing home prices in Northern New Jersey and New York City resulted in large numbers of people moving to Central New Jersey causing real estate prices in Colts Neck, and surrounding towns to rise very considerably over the course of the two decades. Today Colts Neck real estate prices remain high despite the economic downturn, the current average listing price of a house is $1,455,838 and home prices are up 1.1% since last year. While home prices have remained strong, the number of actual home sales is down 32% from last year.

Many of its residents are professional business people who commute into New York City's Financial District, as could be seen in the unusual proportion of the small community who were lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the World Trade Centermarker. Many residents working in the World Trade Center and surrounding areas did survive the attacks. A memorial garden dedicated to the five members of the community who were lost was created at the municipal center by sculptor Jim Gary, a member of the community, who was raised in Colts Neck and died in January, 2006. The central feature of the memorial garden is his sculpture of metal and stained glass.

Colts Neck Fire Department

The Colts Neck Fire Department is split between two fire companies. Company #1, organized in 1926, is located on Route 537. Company #2, located on Conover Road, was established in 1970. Also in case of a HazMat emergency, the HazMat unit from the Middletown Township Special Services unit

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.1 square miles (83.1 km²), of which, 31.4 square miles (81.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (2.12%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,331 people, 3,513 households, and 3,193 families residing in the township. The population density was 392.4 people per square mile (151.5/km²). There were 3,614 housing units at an average density of 115.0/sq mi (44.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 85.51% White, 7.89% African American, 0.23% Native American, 3.63% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.45% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.22% of the population.

There were 3,513 households out of which 50.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.1% were non-families. 7.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 109.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $109,190, and the median income for a family was $117,980. Males had a median income of $55,609 versus $38,457 for females. The per capita income for the township was $46,795. 2.8% of the population and 2.2% of families were living below the poverty line, including 2.2% of under eighteens and 2.8% of those over 64.

A 2007 study of New Jersey's wealthiest communities shows Colts Neck has a median household income of $166,495, up from $109,190 in 2000, and the average household income is $232,520. The per capita income for the township as of 2007 is $70,781 up from $46,795 in 2000. The average household net worth, not including equity in homes, is $1,088,351 and the average disposable income for a household is $140,507.

Government

Local government

Colts Neck is governed under the township form of government with a five-member township committee. The township committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the township committee selects one of its members to serve as mayor and another as deputy mayor.

, the Colts Neck Township Committee consists of Mayor Benjamin T. Forester, Deputy Mayor Kenneth F. Florek, James C. Schatzle, Edward C. Eastman, Jr. and Jarrett R. Engle.


Federal, state and county representation

Colts Neck is in the Fourth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 12th Legislative District.

Education

Students in public school attend the Colts Neck School District for Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Conover Road Primary School (grades K-2, 444 students), Conover Road Elementary School (grades 3-5, 552 students) and Cedar Drive Middle School (grades 6-8, 626 students).

Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Colts Neck High Schoolmarker, is one of the six high schools as part of the Freehold Regional High School District including specialized learning centers at all six public high schools. Alternately, students may attend MCVSD magnet schools. Colts Neck High School is home to the Law and Public Service Program. This is credited program designed for students interested in the areas of law, politics, and the community.The Freehold Regional High School District serves students from Colts Neck, Englishtownmarker, Farmingdalemarker, Freeholdmarker, Freehold Townshipmarker, Howell Townshipmarker, Manalapan Townshipmarker and Marlboromarker.

While Colts Neck is known for having an excellent school system, in any given year about 20% of the town's K-8 population attend private schools. These include Ranney Schoolmarker, Rumson Country Day Schoolmarker and St. Leo the Great School. At the high school level, with about half of all students attending private schools, including Christian Brothers Academymarker, Lawrenceville Schoolmarker, Peddie Schoolmarker, Ranney Schoolmarker, Red Bank Catholic High Schoolmarker and St. John Vianney High Schoolmarker.

Notable residents

Colts Neck Memorial Garden, dedicated to the five residents of the community who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks
Some famous current and former residents include:

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