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Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea
New Pavilion in 2015
New Pavilion in 2015
Map of Avon-by-the-Sea in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Avon-by-the-Sea in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°11′29″N 74°00′54″W / 40.191418°N 74.015105°W / 40.191418; -74.015105Coordinates: 40°11′29″N 74°00′54″W / 40.191418°N 74.015105°W / 40.191418; -74.015105
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated March 23, 1900
Named for Avon, England
Government
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Commissioners
Area
 • Total 0.54 sq mi (1.40 km2)
 • Land 0.43 sq mi (1.10 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)  21.30%
Area rank 545th of 565 in state
47th of 53 in county
Elevation
10 ft (3 m)
Population
 • Total 1,901
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,783
 • Rank 491st of 566 in state
41st of 53 in county
 • Density 4,459.1/sq mi (1,721.7/km2)
 • Density rank 132nd of 566 in state
13th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07717
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402502440
GNIS feature ID 0885147

Avon-by-the-Sea (often called simply Avon; pronunciation: AH-von) is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,901, reflecting a decline of 343 (-15.3%) from the 2,244 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 79 (+3.6%) from the 2,165 counted in the 1990 Census.

Avon-by-the-Sea was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1900, from portions of Neptune City. The borough was named for Avon, England, or for the Avon Inn, a hotel constructed in 1883.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.541 square mile (1.403 km2), including 0.426 square mile (1.104 km2) of land and 0.115 square mile (0.298 km2) of water (21.27%).

The borough borders the Monmouth County communities of Belmar, Bradley Beach, Neptune City and Neptune Township.

Avon-by-the-Sea is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by two other bodies of water. The south side of Avon is located on the Shark River and the north end of Avon rests on Sylvan Lake.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 426
1920 647 51.9%
1930 1,220 88.6%
1940 1,211 −0.7%
1950 1,650 36.3%
1960 1,707 3.5%
1970 2,163 26.7%
1980 2,337 8.0%
1990 2,165 −7.4%
2000 2,244 3.6%
2010 1,901 −15.3%
2019 (est.) 1,783 −6.2%
Population sources: 1910-1920
1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
Glimpses of New Jersey coast resorts. A collection of choice photographic views of Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Avon, Belmar, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Allenhurst, Interlaken, Deal, Elberon, Hollywood, (14597034569)
Avon-by-the-Sea, 1902

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,901 people, 901 households, and 477 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,459.1 per square mile (1,721.7/km2). There were 1,321 housing units at an average density of 3,098.6 per square mile (1,196.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 96.95% (1,843) White, 0.32% (6) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.63% (12) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.26% (24) from other races, and 0.84% (16) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.73% (71) of the population.

There were 901 households out of which 17.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.1% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 16.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.1 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 83.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $83,333 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,008) and the median family income was $113,750 (+/- $18,599). Males had a median income of $56,635 (+/- $32,033) versus $58,300 (+/- $5,223) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $58,063 (+/- $6,550). About 1.1% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,244 people, 1,043 households, and 535 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,262.9 people per square mile (2,014.9/km2). There were 1,387 housing units at an average density of 3,253.0 per square mile (1,245.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.15% White, 0.53% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.41% of the population.

As of the 2000 Census, 36.5% of Avon-by-the-Sea residents were of Irish ancestry, the third-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and second-highest in New Jersey, among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry.

There were 1,043 households, out of which 18.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.7% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 18.4% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $60,192, and the median income for a family was $80,605. Males had a median income of $53,125 versus $35,857 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,238. About 2.3% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 13.29 miles (21.39 km) of roadways, of which 11.07 miles (17.82 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.48 miles (2.38 km) by Monmouth County and 0.74 miles (1.19 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 71 is the main north-south road that passes through. Route 35 is immediately outside the borough, and provides access to Route 138/I-195. The Garden State Parkway is also nearby.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus transportation to Philadelphia on the 317 route and local service on the 830 route. The closest NJ transit train service is at the Belmar station and Bradley Beach station on the North Jersey Coast Line.

Education

Books on Boardwalk 2015 LHCollins v3
Avon encourages reading by making books accessible.

The Avon School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Avon Elementary School. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 146 students and 18.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.1:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Avon was tied with the 23rd smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 158 students.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend either Asbury Park High School or Manasquan High School, as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective districts, based on the results of a lottery under which 62.5% of students are sent to Manasquan and 37.5% to Asbury Park.

As of the 2018–19 school year, Asbury Park High School had an enrollment of 420 students and 38.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1.

The Manasquan school also serves students from Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights who attend as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts. As of the 2018–19 school year, Manasquan High School had an enrollment of 969 students and 72.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.3:1.

Students may also apply to academy schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District, which include the Academy of Allied Health & Science, Biotechnology High School, High Technology High School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology and Communications High School. Students also have the option to attend Academy Charter High School in Lake Como, which accepts students on a lottery basis from the communities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Avon-by-the-Sea include:

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