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Lakehurst, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Lakehurst
Cathedral of the Air
Cathedral of the Air
Motto: "Airship Capital of the World"
Map of Lakehurst in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Lakehurst in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lakehurst, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lakehurst, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated April 7, 1921
Area
 • Total 1.008 sq mi (2.610 km2)
 • Land 0.915 sq mi (2.370 km2)
 • Water 0.093 sq mi (0.240 km2)  9.20%
Area rank 497th of 566 in state
22nd of 33 in county
Elevation 66 ft (20 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,654
 • Estimate (2015) 2,694
 • Rank 465th of 566 in state
20th of 33 in county
 • Density 2,900.8/sq mi (1,120.0/km2)
 • Density rank 220th of 566 in state
10th of 33 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 08733, 08759
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402937770
GNIS feature ID 0885270
Website www.lakehurstnj.org

Lakehurst is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,654, reflecting an increase of 132 (+5.2%) from the 2,522 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 556 (-18.1%) from the 3,078 counted in the 1990 Census.

Lakehurst was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1921, from portions of Manchester Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 24, 1921. The borough is named for its location near lakes and woods.

History

PostcardLakehurstNJUnionAveCirca1910
Union Avenue, about 1910

The community of Lakehurst first reached international fame as a winter resort around the turn of the 20th century, following the opening of the Pine Tree Inn in 1898. In 1911, the rope factory in the town burned down, prompting the formation of a volunteer fire department.

The Hindenburg disaster, occurred on May 6, 1937, the German zeppelin Hindenburg arriving from Frankfurt am Main caught fire at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located in Manchester Township (not in the borough of Lakehurst).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.008 square miles (2.610 km2), including 0.915 square miles (2.370 km2) of land and 0.093 square miles (0.240 km2) of water (9.20%).

The borough's lake, Lake Horicon, existed prior to 1942, as clearly shown in aerial photographs from 1940 and 1931 and topographical maps from 1912. The cedar water lake remains stream-fed.

Lakehurst is completely surrounded by Manchester Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 592
1890 717 21.1%
1930 947
1940 827 −12.7%
1950 1,518 83.6%
1960 2,780 83.1%
1970 2,641 −5.0%
1980 2,908 10.1%
1990 3,078 5.8%
2000 2,522 −18.1%
2010 2,654 5.2%
Est. 2015 2,694 6.8%
Population sources:
1880-1890 1930-2000
1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,654 people, 881 households, and 661.6 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,900.8 per square mile (1,120.0/km2). There were 943 housing units at an average density of 1,030.7 per square mile (398.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 77.24% (2,050) White, 10.81% (287) Black or African American, 0.64% (17) Native American, 2.11% (56) Asian, 0.23% (6) Pacific Islander, 3.65% (97) from other races, and 5.31% (141) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.07% (347) of the population.

There were 881 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.9 years. For every 100 females there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 97.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $67,872 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,972) and the median family income was $67,838 (+/- $7,173). Males had a median income of $44,844 (+/- $8,788) versus $34,950 (+/- $7,557) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,171 (+/- $4,950). About 2.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 870 households (662 of which were families of two or more) in the borough making up the total population of 2,522. The population density was 2,733.9 people per square mile (1,058.4/km2). There were 961 housing units at an average density of 1,041.7 per square mile (403.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.22% White, 7.85% African American, 0.63% Native American, 2.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.97% of the population.

There were 870 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,567, and the median income for a family was $48,833. Males had a median income of $35,403 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,390. About 4.4% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Lakehurst, NJ (2)
Looking east along Route 70

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 13.55 miles (21.81 km) of roadways, of which 7.72 miles (12.42 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.95 miles (6.36 km) by Ocean County and 1.88 miles (3.03 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Route 70 is the main highway through the borough, which lies at the western end of New Jersey Route 37. County Route 547 connects from the North after paralleling the eastern edge of Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

Public transportation

Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC1A Whiting Express and the OC2 Manchester routes.

Lakehurst is located on the former Central Railroad of New Jersey Southern Division Main Line. The Barnegat Branch formerly extended from Lakehurst through Toms River and Beachwood down to Barnegat.

Lakehurst is being considered as the southern terminus of the planned NJ Transit Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex Line, which would closely follow the CNJ line.


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