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Lake Como, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Lake Como
Map of Lake Como in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Lake Como in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lake Como, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lake Como, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated May 6, 1924 as South Belmar
Renamed January 4, 2005 as Lake Como
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Land 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  3.08%
Area rank 556th of 565 in state
51st of 53 in county
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 • Total 1,759
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,682
 • Rank 502nd of 566 in state
45th of 53 in county
 • Density 6,943.6/sq mi (2,680.9/km2)
 • Density rank 64th of 566 in state
6th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07719 - Belmar
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402537560
GNIS feature ID 0885400
Website

Lake Como is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,759, reflecting a decline of 47 (-2.6%) from the 1,806 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 324 (+21.9%) from the 1,482 counted in the 1990 Census. It is the tenth-smallest municipality in land area in New Jersey.

Lake Como was originally formed as the borough of South Belmar by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1924, from portions of Wall Township, subject to the results of a referendum held on May 6, 1924. On November 2, 2004, voters in the borough approved changing the locality's name to Lake Como, which became effective as of January 4, 2005.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.265 square miles (0.688 km2), including 0.253 square miles (0.656 km2) of land and 0.012 square miles (0.032 km2) of water (4.61%).

The borough borders the Monmouth County communities of Belmar, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights and Wall Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 886
1940 955 7.8%
1950 1,294 35.5%
1960 1,537 18.8%
1970 1,490 −3.1%
1980 1,566 5.1%
1990 1,482 −5.4%
2000 1,806 21.9%
2010 1,759 −2.6%
2019 (est.) 1,682 −4.4%
Population sources: 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,759 people, 785 households, and 399 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,943.6 per square mile (2,680.9/km2). There were 1,115 housing units at an average density of 4,401.4 per square mile (1,699.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 82.89% (1,458) White, 6.14% (108) Black or African American, 0.85% (15) Native American, 1.19% (21) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 6.82% (120) from other races, and 2.10% (37) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.31% (322) of the population.

There were 785 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.2% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.4 years. For every 100 females there were 105.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 102.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $76,576 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,374) and the median family income was $84,821 (+/- $15,308). Males had a median income of $58,173 (+/- $11,703) versus $49,444 (+/- $25,611) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,729 (+/- $5,783). About 10.8% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,806 people, 824 households, and 391 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,322.9 people per square mile (2,789.2/km2). There were 1,107 housing units at an average density of 4,488.6 per square mile (1,709.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.17% White, 7.75% African American, 0.44% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.87% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.13% of the population.

There were 824 households, out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.5% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $47,566, and the median income for a family was $56,538. Males had a median income of $41,550 versus $27,708 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,111. About 4.3% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

2018-09-08 18 42 25 View north along Monmouth County Route 30 (Main Street) at 18th Avenue in Lake Como, Monmouth County, New Jersey
CR 30 (Main Street) in Lake Como

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 5.47 miles (8.80 km) of roadways, of which 5.03 miles (8.10 km) were maintained by the municipality and 0.44 miles (0.71 km) by Monmouth County.

No major highways pass directly through the borough. The most significant roads are minor county routes, such as County Route 30, which serves as Main Street. However, several highways are accessible in neighboring communities, such as Route 35 in both Belmar and Wall, as well as Route 18, Route 34, Route 138, the Garden State Parkway and I-195 all in Wall Township.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers service to and from Philadelphia on the 317 route and local bus service on the 830 route.

Education

The Belmar School District serves students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Belmar Elementary School. The district serves both Belmar and Lake Como, a non-operating district. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 471 students and 51.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.1:1. Students from Lake Como attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The single facility is two schools in one, a primary school for grades preschool through fifth and a middle school organization plan for grades six through eight.

Students attending public high school are assigned based on sending/receiving relationships to either Manasquan High School in Manasquan or Asbury Park High School in Asbury Park, as part of a plan in which 56% of students re assigned to attend high school in Mansquan and 44% are sent to Asbury Park. Manasquan High School also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Brielle, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights who attend Manasquan High School 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, while 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.

Public school students may also attend Red Bank Regional High School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Academy of Allied Health & Science, Academy Charter School, High Technology High School, Communications High School or Biotechnology High School. They 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 Monmouth County, New Jersey

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

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