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Deal, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Deal
House on Ocean Avenue
House on Ocean Avenue
Map of Deal in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County in New Jersey.
Map of Deal in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Deal, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Deal, New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey
Location in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey is located in the United States
Deal, New Jersey
Deal, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated March 7, 1898
Named for Deal, Kent, England
Government
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Commissioners
Area
 • Total 1.32 sq mi (3.42 km2)
 • Land 1.18 sq mi (3.07 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)  10.30%
Area rank 470th of 565 in state
41st of 53 in county
Elevation
30 ft (9 m)
Population
 • Total 750
 • Estimate 
(2019)
719
 • Rank 546th of 566 in state
51st of 53 in county
 • Density 604.8/sq mi (233.5/km2)
 • Density rank 426th of 566 in state
49th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07723
Area code(s) 732 exchanges: 517, 531, 660, 663
FIPS code 3402516660
GNIS feature ID 0885194
Website

Deal is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, settled by Europeans in the mid-1660s and named after an English carpenter from Deal, Kent. As of the 2010 Census, the borough's population was 750, reflecting a decline of 320 (-29.9%) from the 1,070 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 109 (-9.2%) from the 1,179 counted in the 1990 Census.

Deal boasts a significant population of Orthodox Sephardi Jews, mainly of Syrian extraction. As much as 80% of Deal's population are Sephardi Jews, and the year-round population jumps ten-fold to over 6,000 during the summer, many of them Syrian Jews. In the 2000 Census, 16.4% of Deal residents identified as being of Syrian heritage, the greatest percentage of Syrian Americans in any municipality in the country. Most of the town consisted of homes close to or over one hundred years old in the Victorian and American Foursquare styles.

Deal was ranked in 2007 by Forbes magazine as the 13th most expensive ZIP Code in the United States, with a median sale price of $1,825,000. It was also named the 4th most expensive zip code in New Jersey in 2017, with a median sale price of $1,207,500. In 2019, PropertyShark ranked Deal in a tie with 94110 in San Francisco as the 85th most expensive ZIP Code in the country, and second-highest in New Jersey, with a median sales price of $1,500,000.

History

A group from Rhode Island settled in the area of Middletown Township and Shrewsbury Township in the mid-1660s, after having purchased what was known as the Monmouth Patent. Thomas Whyte, an English carpenter from the shore-side community of Deal, Kent, acquired 500 acres (200 ha) in Shrewsbury Township along the shore that became known as "Deal", from the name of the English town. Present-day Norwood Avenue dates back to the early 18th century construction of the Long Branch-Deal Turnpike.

On August 14, 1829, at 11:30 PM local time, the fall of a meteorite was observed. The weight of the recovered stone was 28 grams (0.99 oz). The meteorite was officially named "Deal" and it was classified as an ordinary chondrite L.

Deal was incorporated as a borough on March 7, 1898, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature, from portions of Ocean Township.

In the summer of 2009, several residents of Deal were involved in a scandal called Operation Bid Rig, which involved public corruption, money laundering and trafficking of human organs.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.318 square miles (3.415 km2), including 1.240 square miles (3.212 km2) of land and 0.078 square miles (0.203 km2) of water (5.95%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include South Elberon.

The borough borders the Monmouth County communities of Allenhurst, Long Branch and Ocean Township.

Deal Lake covers 158 acres (64 ha) and is overseen by the Deal Lake Commission, which was established in 1974. Seven municipalities border the lake, accounting for 27 miles (43 km) of shoreline, also including Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Neptune Township and Ocean Township.

Climate

The climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Deal has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 70
1910 273 290.0%
1920 420 53.8%
1930 800 90.5%
1940 917 14.6%
1950 1,064 16.0%
1960 1,889 77.5%
1970 2,401 27.1%
1980 1,952 −18.7%
1990 1,179 −39.6%
2000 1,070 −9.2%
2010 750 −29.9%
2019 (est.) 719 −4.1%
Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 750 people, 333 households, and 182 families residing in the borough. The population density was 604.8 per square mile (233.5/km2). There were 926 housing units at an average density of 746.7 per square mile (288.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 91.60% (687) White, 1.60% (12) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 3.47% (26) Asian, 0.13% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.00% (15) from other races, and 1.20% (9) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.33% (55) of the population.

There were 333 households out of which 12.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 14.3% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 17.6% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 28.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.9 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 82.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $59,615 (with a margin of error of +/- $17,199) and the median family income was $95,833 (+/- $32,359). Males had a median income of $52,625 (+/- $17,303) versus $25,139 (+/- $4,348) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $46,867 (+/- $8,038). About 4.1% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,070 people, 434 households, and 289 families residing in the borough. The population density was 880.5 people per square mile (338.6/km2). There were 953 housing units at an average density of 784.3 per square mile (301.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.39% White, 1.21% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 2.71% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 5.05% of the population.

There were 434 households, out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $58,472, and the median income for a family was $65,313. Males had a median income of $57,857 versus $27,813 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,510. About 7.8% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Houses of worship

Area churches and synagogues include:

  • Edmond J. Safra Synagogue of Deal, the Hathaway Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
  • Hechal Shaul Synagogue, Ahaba Ve Ahva (Orthodox, Egyptian traditions)
  • Magen David of West Deal, (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
  • Ohel Yaakob, the Lawrence Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
  • Ohel Simha, the Park Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)[1]
  • Synagogue of Deal, (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
  • Saint Mary's of the Assumption, at Richmond Avenue (Roman Catholic)
  • Joseph S. Jemal Synagogue of Deal extension of the Hathaway Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)

Transportation

2018-05-25 12 41 05 View north along New Jersey State Route 71 (Norwood Avenue) at Roseld Avenue in Deal, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Route 71 in Deal

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 18.57 miles (29.89 km) of roadways, of which 17.11 miles (27.54 km) were maintained by the municipality, 0.00 miles (0 km) by Monmouth County and 1.46 miles (2.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Route 71 is the only state highway serving Deal directly. However, several other highways are accessible in neighboring towns, including New Jersey Route 35, New Jersey Route 18, New Jersey Route 66 and the Garden State Parkway.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides local bus transportation on the 837 route. NJ Transit service on the North Jersey Coast Line is available at the Allenhurst and Elberon stations.

Education

The Deal School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Deal School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 169 students and 17.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.9:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Deal had the 35th-smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 165 students. In the 2013–14 school year, nearly 90% of the district's enrollment was from students participating in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, for whom the state paid the district $12,500 in supplemental aid per student.

For ninth through twelfth grades, students attend Shore Regional High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 649 students and 57.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. The relationship with Shore Regional succeeds a previous agreement under which students from Deal attended Asbury Park High School in neighboring Asbury Park as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Asbury Park Public Schools.

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

See also (related category): People from Deal, New Jersey

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

  • Rudolf Bauer (1889–1953), German-born painter who was involved in the avant-garde group Der Sturm in Berlin, and whose work would become central to the Non-Objective art collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim
  • Joseph Cayre (born 1941), investor and owner of Midtown Equities
  • Stanley Chera (1942–2020), real estate developer
  • Nadine Epstein, journalist and author; editor in chief and CEO of Moment magazine
  • George K. Fraenkel (1921–2009), physical chemist
  • Tom Gallagher (1940–2018), diplomat; in 1976, became the first officer of the United States Foreign Service to come out as gay
  • Frank Hague (1876–1956), Mayor of Jersey City, 1917–1947
  • Huntington Hartford (1911–2008), businessman, philanthropist, stage and film producer, and art collector; heir to the A&P supermarket fortune
  • Sean T. Kean (born 1963), politician; has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since being sworn into office on January 10, 2012, representing the 30th Legislative District
  • Albert Laboz, real estate developer
  • David Rockwell (born 1956), architect and designer
  • Patti Scialfa (born 1953), member of the E Street Band and wife of Bruce Springsteen
  • P. Hal Sims (1886–1949) and Dorothy Rice Sims (1889–1960), contract bridge celebrities and experts whose home in Deal was a headquarters and retreat for authorities on the game, 1920s–30s
  • Joseph Sitt (born 1964), real estate investor, founder of the retail chain Ashley Stewart, and founder of global real estate company Thor Equities
  • Maxine Stuart (1918–2013), actress
  • Jeff Sutton (born 1960), real estate developer, billionaire, founder of Wharton Properties
  • Jeffrey Vinik (born 1959), investor and owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning
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