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According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 47.235 square miles (122.337 km2), including 46.419 square miles (120.223 km2) of land and 0.816 square miles (2.114 km2) of water (1.73%).
Farming and other agricultural uses have been primary uses of land in the area since the time that the township was first formed. The township has 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) of land protected from development as part of a Farmland Preservation Program. Voters were the first in the county to approve a dedicated portion of property taxes to fund farmland preservation, which was increased by a 2001 referendum to four cents per $100 of assessed value, split between farmland preservation and the costs associated with purchasing and developing land for recreational uses.
There were 2,363 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% 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 3.19.
In the township, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 33.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.7 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 97.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $122,525 (with a margin of error of +/- $16,693) and the median family income was $126,849 (+/- $10,754). Males had a median income of $100,583 (+/- $18,963) versus $65,183 (+/- $5,414) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $48,665 (+/- $3,717). About 2.3% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
There were 1,437 households out of which 42.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.7% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 11.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the township the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $71,250, and the median income for a family was $78,334. Males had a median income of $55,987 versus $35,221 for females. The per capita income for the township was $29,387. About 4.3% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
The Horse Park of New Jersey was conceived by equestrian enthusiasts concerned about the dwindling amount of land dedicated to their interests and activities. The Horse Park opened in 1987 on land initially purchased by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection with Green Acres funds, based on the input of the state's Equine Advisory Board, and is centrally located in Monmouth County's equine-oriented countryside.
Monmouth County parks in the township include Clayton Park, a passive recreation area with woodlands and hiking trails covering a total of 438 acres (177 ha) of land that dates back to a purchase of land in 1978 from an area farmer who sold the land to the county below market value to ensure that the land would be preserved.
Historic Walnford includes a restored Georgian style house, working mill, carriage house and cow barn that were all part of an industrial community dating back almost 200 years that was developed by the Waln family on a site that covers 38 acres (15 ha). The Crosswicks Creek Greenbelt includes 328 acres (133 ha) of land in the township, as part of a corridor running along the Crosswicks Creek from Fort Dix in Burlington County towards the Delaware River along the border between Burlington and Mercer County, traveling through Upper Freehold Township and including Historic Walnford.
A bond ordinance passed in 2000 provides for the development of soccer fields, baseball fields and basketball courts at the Byron Johnson Recreation Area and other township parks. The Byron Johnson site adjoins Allentown High School near the Allentown border, and is owned by Monmouth County and administered by the township, developed using municipal funds and monies contributed by developers.
Upper Freehold Township is governed under the Township form of government. The five-member 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 two 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.
As of 2016[update], members of the Upper Freehold Township Committee are Mayor Stanley Moslowski Jr. (R, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2016), Deputy Mayor Dr. Robert A. Frascella (R, term on committee ends 2017; term as deputy mayor ends 2016), Steve J. Alexander (R, 2018), Robert J. Faber Sr. (R, 2018) and LoriSue H. Mount (R, 2016).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,686 registered voters in Upper Freehold Township, of which 722 (15.4%) were registered as Democrats, 2,218 (47.3%) were registered as Republicans and 1,741 (37.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 61.9% of the vote (2,287 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 37.1% (1,372 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (36 votes), among the 3,723 ballots cast by the township's 4,818 registered voters (28 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 77.3%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 60.3% of the vote (2,337 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 37.7% (1,461 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (40 votes), among the 3,878 ballots cast by the township's 4,893 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 63.2% of the vote (2,153 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 35.6% (1,212 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (31 votes), among the 3,409 ballots cast by the township's 4,203 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 81.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 75.4% of the vote (1,827 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 23.0% (558 votes), and other candidates with 1.6% (39 votes), among the 2,442 ballots cast by the township's 4,893 registered voters (18 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 49.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 69.5% of the vote (1,972 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 23.8% (676 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.4% (153 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (20 votes), among the 2,836 ballots cast by the township's 4,737 registered voters, yielding a 59.9% turnout.
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 116.01 miles (186.70 km) of roadways, of which 82.01 miles (131.98 km) were maintained by the municipality, 28.28 miles (45.51 km) by Monmouth County and 5.72 miles (9.21 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
^Collins, Helen Lippman; Reardon, Patricia. "FOR EQUESTRIANS, EVERY DAY IS A DAY FOR RIDING OR PRACTICING", The New York Times, November 1, 1987. Accessed October 28, 2013. "Horse Park, in Upper Freehold Township, is a project of the state's Equine Advisory Board. When completed, it will be a first-class facility for competitive horsemanship, complete with outdoor show rings, seats for a large group of spectators, a polo field and jumping and steeplechase courses."
^Hahn, Keith. "Upper Freehold approves funds for park development ", Examiner, December 20, 2000. Accessed October 28, 2013."The bond will provide $1 million for the construction of the Byron Johnson park as well as other parks scheduled for the future.... The 28-acre Byron Johnson site will feature soccer fields, youth baseball fields and basketball courts. The park will be developed next to Allentown High School, High Street, near the border of Allentown and Upper Freehold. While the land is owned by Monmouth County, Upper Freehold will maintain control over scheduling of recreation events on the site.
^Biography, Congressman Chris Smith. Accessed January 3, 2019. "Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 19th two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents of the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey."
^"Historically Speaking: Linda Konover Meirs 1884-1972 Part Five", Messenger-Press, March 28, 2002. Accessed July 9, 2019. "Melinda Konover Meirs was born in Cream Ridge on June 5, 1884.... She lived in Cream Ridge during World War II, and would use her sugar ration to make cookies for the GIs, whom she considered 'her boys.'"
^O'Gorman, George. "Eagles sign former Allentown High star Ross Scheuerman", The Trentonian, January 21, 2016. Accessed October 1, 2017. "The Eagles signed former Allentown High and Lafayette College running back Ross Scheuerman on Thursday.... A Cream Ridge resident who was twice an All-CVC selection and Mercer County Player of the Year and All-State, Scheuerman was also the Delaware Valley Scholar Athlete in 2012."
^Daniel, Jayanthi. "A Weekend on the Upper West Side", The New York Sun, June 1, 2007. Accessed August 16, 2012. "The band, which plans to release 1,000 copies of a new EP on June 16 before launching a month-long national tour in July, records its songs on a laptop in friends' basements and at Mr. Tomson's parents' house in Imlaystown, N.J., -- not far, as Messrs. Koenig and Baio pointed out separately, from the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park."