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Beachwood, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Beachwood
Map of Beachwood in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Beachwood in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Beachwood, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Beachwood, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated April 12, 1917
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.76 sq mi (7.16 km2)
 • Land 2.76 sq mi (7.16 km2)
 • Water <0.01 sq mi (<0.01 km2)  0.04%
Area rank 358th of 565 in state
17th of 33 in county
Elevation
62 ft (19 m)
Population
 • Total 11,045
 • Estimate 
(2019)
11,312
 • Rank 222nd of 566 in state
12th of 33 in county
 • Density 3,878.4/sq mi (1,497.5/km2)
 • Density rank 158th of 566 in state
4th of 33 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08722
Area code(s) 732/848
FIPS code 3402904180
GNIS feature ID 0885153

Beachwood is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population increased to 11,045, reflecting an increase of 670 (+6.5%) from the 10,375 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,051 (+11.3%) from the 9,324 counted in the 1990 Census, the highest recorded in any decennial census.

Beachwood was incorporated as a Borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 22, 1917, from portions of Berkeley Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 12, 1917.

History

What is now the borough of Beachwood dates its settlement to a 1914 plan backed by the publishers of the New-York Tribune, under which 1,763 acres (7.13 km2) of Berkeley Township were purchased and sectioned off as a summer colony called "Beachwood". Buyers paid $19.60 for a plot of land measuring 20 by 100 feet (6.1 m × 30.5 m) and received a six-month subscription to The Tribune as a bonus. The first residents of the community moved in during April 1915, and work on a Club House, the Pier, the Bath House, the Lodge, a dining hall and a railroad station were planned to be completed by the end of May. Other offerings within the development included tennis courts, and facilities along the beach and on the river for canoeing, sailing and swimming. The first "cottages" in the community were constructed during that first summer season.

A Property-Owner's Association was established in 1916. In addition to overseeing local services within the development, the organization also advocated that the community should become an independent municipality. Legislation was passed by the Legislature on March 22, 1917, and a referendum approving the establishment of the borough passed on April 12. On May 11, the borough's first council was elected, along with Joseph H. Senior, who was chosen by the voters as Beachwood's first mayor. A Board of Education was formed the following year, with school transportation provided on the back of a truck outfitted with wooden benches.

In December 2008, the Beachwood Historical Alliance was established, with the goal of the creation of an official town-run Preservation Commission for the purpose of recognizing, restoring and preserving aspects of Beachwood's formation, history and heritage.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.849 square miles (7.377 km2), including 2.848 square miles (7.376 km2) of land and 0.001 square miles (0.001 km2) of water (0.02%).

The borough borders the Ocean County municipalities of Berkeley Township, Pine Beach and South Toms River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 20
1930 394 1,870.0%
1940 650 65.0%
1950 1,251 92.5%
1960 2,765 121.0%
1970 4,390 58.8%
1980 7,687 75.1%
1990 9,324 21.3%
2000 10,375 11.3%
2010 11,045 6.5%
2019 (est.) 11,312 2.4%
Population sources:1920-2000
1920 1920-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,045 people, 3,682 households, and 2,953 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,878.4 per square mile (1,497.5/km2). There were 3,826 housing units at an average density of 1,343.5 per square mile (518.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 92.81% (10,251) White, 1.79% (198) Black or African American, 0.07% (8) Native American, 1.50% (166) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.44% (269) from other races, and 1.38% (152) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.13% (898) of the population.

There were 3,682 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 15.6% 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 3.00 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.0 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 94.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,611 (with a margin of error of +/− $5,668) and the median family income was $83,083 (+/− $4,210). Males had a median income of $58,981 (+/− $3,686) versus $46,632 (+/− $5,031) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,366 (+/− $1,915). About 5.2% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 57.09 miles (91.88 km) of roadways, of which 44.82 miles (72.13 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.30 miles (14.97 km) by Ocean County and 1.49 miles (2.40 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.48 miles (2.38 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

The Garden State Parkway passes through the borough, connecting Berkeley Township in the south to South Toms River in the north.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers local bus service to and from Atlantic City on the 559 route.

Education

Public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the Toms River Regional Schools, a regional public school system based primarily in Toms River Township that is the state's largest suburban district. In addition to students from Toms River, the district also serves the boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of 18 schools, had an enrollment of 15,472 students and 1,171.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. Students in kindergarten through 5th grades attend either Beachwood Elementary School in Beachwood or Pine Beach Elementary in the neighboring community of Pine Beach. Intermediate school students attend Toms River Intermediate School South in Beachwood for grades 6–8. High school students attend Toms River High School South in Toms River Township for grades 9–12. The district's board of education has nine members; seats are allocated based on population, with one seat allocated to Beachwood.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Beachwood include:

  • Melbourne Armstrong Carriker (1879–1965), ornithologist.
  • Mark Geiger (born 1974), soccer referee who officiated at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • Jeffrey Moran (born 1946), Ocean County Surrogate and former member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 2003, where he represented the 9th Legislative District, he served on the Beachwood Borough Council from 1970 to 1972.

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