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Island Heights, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Island Heights
Map of Island Heights in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Island Heights in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Island Heights, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Island Heights, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated May 6, 1887
Area
 • Total 0.907 sq mi (2.350 km2)
 • Land 0.611 sq mi (1.582 km2)
 • Water 0.296 sq mi (0.767 km2)  32.65%
Area rank 514th of 566 in state
26th of 33 in county
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 1,673
 • Estimate (2015) 1,668
 • Rank 506th of 566 in state
24th of 33 in county
 • Density 2,738.3/sq mi (1,057.3/km2)
 • Density rank 227th of 566 in state
11th of 33 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08732
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402934530
GNIS feature ID 0885262

Island Heights is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,673, reflecting a decline of 78 (-4.5%) from the 1,751 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 281 (+19.1%) from the 1,470 counted in the 1990 Census.

The borough is a dry town where alcohol cannot be sold.

History

Island Heights was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 6, 1887, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township), based on the results of a referendum held on November 18, 1886.

Island Heights takes its name from two sources: it originally was an island. It is situated by a steep bluff rising 60 feet (18 m) above the Toms River. It was originally known as Doctor Johnson's island, being included in the patent granted to him in 1680. In the century before the American Revolutionary War, it was known as Dillon's Island, probably for James Dillon, a prominent man in Toms River. The land was purchased by John Imlay of Allentown, who sold it in 1794 to Issac Gulick. In 1797, Gulick and his wife Abagail sold it to Abraham and George Parker. In 1799, the Parker brothers sold it to Abel Middleton of Upper Freehold Township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.907 square miles (2.350 km2), including 0.611 square miles (1.582 km2) of land and 0.296 square miles (0.767 km2) of water (32.65%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Beechwood and Long Point.

The borough borders the Ocean County municipalities of Berkeley Township and Toms River Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 34
1890 271 697.1%
1900 316 16.6%
1910 313 −0.9%
1920 194 −38.0%
1930 453 133.5%
1940 392 −13.5%
1950 795 102.8%
1960 1,150 44.7%
1970 1,397 21.5%
1980 1,575 12.7%
1990 1,470 −6.7%
2000 1,751 19.1%
2010 1,673 −4.5%
Est. 2015 1,668 −0.3%
Population sources: 1880-1890
1890-2000 1890-1920 1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,673 people, 683 households, and 487 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,738.3 per square mile (1,057.3/km2). There were 831 housing units at an average density of 1,360.2 per square mile (525.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 95.82% (1,603) White, 0.24% (4) Black or African American, 0.12% (2) Native American, 1.37% (23) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.36% (6) from other races, and 2.09% (35) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% (40) of the population.

There were 683 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.0 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,269 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,616) and the median family income was $96,458 (+/- $21,090). Males had a median income of $75,234 (+/- $7,830) versus $47,045 (+/- $11,606) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $39,493 (+/- $4,086). About 5.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,751 people, 705 households, and 497 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,909.2 people per square mile (1,126.8/km2). There were 807 housing units at an average density of 1,340.8 per square mile (519.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.77% White, 0.11% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 705 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $61,125, and the median income for a family was $72,596. Males had a median income of $47,500 versus $38,375 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,975. About 2.6% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 12.18 miles (19.60 km) of roadways, of which 9.28 miles (14.93 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.73 miles (4.39 km) by Ocean County and 0.17 miles (0.27 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers seasonal bus service between the borough and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 137 route and to Newark on the 67 route.

Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC10 Toms River Connection route.

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