Englishtown is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,847, reflecting an increase of 83 (+4.7%) from the 1,764 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 496 (+39.1%) from the 1,268 counted in the 1990 Census.
Englishtown was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 4, 1888, from portions of Manalapan Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. The borough was named for James English, an early settler.
At the Battle of Monmouth, an American Revolutionary War battle fought on June 28, 1778 in Monmouth County, American General Charles Lee led the advance and initiated the first attack on the column's rear. When the British turned to flank him, he ordered a general retreat without so as much as firing a shot at the enemy, and his soldiers soon became disorganized. General George Washington continued the battle, earning respect for the Continental Army troops under his command. In the dining room of the Village Inn, located in the center of Englishtown, General Washington and Lord Stirling drew up the court martial papers citing Lee for his conduct during and after the battle.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.52 km2), including 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2) of land and 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2) of water (2.88%).
The borough is entirely surrounded by Manalapan Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.
The 2010 United States Census counted 1,847 people, 621 households, and 458 families in the borough. The population density was 3,245.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,253.2/km2). There were 647 housing units at an average density of 1,137.0 per square mile (439.0/km2). The racial makeup was 88.14% (1,628) White, 2.60% (48) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 6.82% (126) Asian, 0.11% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.92% (17) from other races, and 1.41% (26) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.01% (148) of the population.
Of the 621 households, 40.6% had children under the age of 18; 55.1% were married couples living together; 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present and 26.2% were non-families.