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Lavallette, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Lavallette
Map of Lavallette in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Lavallette in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lavallette, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lavallette, New Jersey
Country  United States
state  New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated December 21, 1887
Named for Elie A. F. La Vallette
Area
 • Total 0.954 sq mi (2.473 km2)
 • Land 0.808 sq mi (2.094 km2)
 • Water 0.146 sq mi (0.379 km2)  15.32%
Area rank 508th of 566 in state
24th of 33 in county
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 1,875
 • Estimate (2015) 1,807
 • Rank 493rd of 566 in state
23rd of 33 in county
 • Density 2,319.2/sq mi (895.4/km2)
 • Density rank 264th of 566 in state
13th of 33 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08735
Area code(s) 732 Exchanges: 793, 830, 854
FIPS code 3402939390
GNIS feature ID 885273

Lavallette is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,875, reflecting a decline of 790 (-29.6%) from the 2,665 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 366 (+15.9%) from the 2,299 counted in the 1990 Census. Lavallette is situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

Lavallette was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on December 21, 1887, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township), based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.

Lavallette was named for Elie A. F. La Vallette, one of the first rear admirals appointed in the United States Navy when President Abraham Lincoln created the rank in July 1862, and the father of Albert T. Lavallette, co-founder of the borough.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Lavallette as its 8th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.954 square miles (2.473 km2), including 0.808 square miles (2.094 km2) of land and 0.146 square miles (0.379 km2) of water (15.32%).

The borough borders the Ocean County municipality of Toms River Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 21
1910 42 100.0%
1920 117 178.6%
1930 287 145.3%
1940 315 9.8%
1950 567 80.0%
1960 832 46.7%
1970 1,509 81.4%
1980 2,072 37.3%
1990 2,299 11.0%
2000 2,665 15.9%
2010 1,875 −29.6%
Est. 2015 1,807 −3.6%
Population sources:
1900-2000 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,875 people, 945 households, and 557 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,319.2 per square mile (895.4/km2). There were 3,207 housing units at an average density of 3,966.8 per square mile (1,531.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 97.87% (1,835) White, 0.11% (2) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.53% (10) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.01% (19) from other races, and 0.48% (9) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% (56) of the population.

There were 945 households out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 11.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 13.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 40.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60.3 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 85.9 males. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,296 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,961) and the median family income was $76,797 (+/- $16,601). Males had a median income of $48,810 (+/- $40,510) versus $39,643 (+/- $14,630) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $39,293 (+/- $5,500). About 4.7% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,665 people, 1,208 households, and 741 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,315.1 people per square mile (1,286.2/km2). There were 3,210 housing units at an average density of 3,993.1 per square mile (1,549.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.12% White, 0.26% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.64% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.61% of the population.

There were 1,208 households out of which 14.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the borough the population was spread out with 13.1% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 18.3% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 36.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,846, and the median income for a family was $57,778. Males had a median income of $44,583 versus $32,292 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,588. About 5.9% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

There are nine protected ocean beaches designated for swimming as well as two on the Barnegat Bay. Four of the ocean beaches have specifically designated areas for surfing and surf-fishing. The borough offers tennis, bocce, shuffleboard, basketball and roller blading opportunities on land while Barnegat Bay provides fishing, crabbing, swimming, boating, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.

There are also band concerts, fireworks, and Movies on the Bay, held at the Centennial Gazebo and Gardens located at Philadelphia Avenue and the bayfront.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 16.55 miles (26.63 km) of roadways, of which 10.77 miles (17.33 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.30 miles (5.31 km) by Ocean County and 2.48 miles (3.99 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Route 35 traverses the borough, connecting the Dover Beaches South (Ortley Beach) section of Toms River Township to the south and the Toms River community of Dover Beaches North to the north.

Public transportation

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

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