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Lavallette, New Jersey
|Borough of Lavallette|
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
|Incorporated||December 21, 1887|
|Named for||Elie A. F. La Vallette|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)|
|• Land||0.82 sq mi (2.11 km2)|
|• Water||0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2) 15.42%|
|Area rank||506th of 565 in state
26th of 33 in county
|Elevation||3 ft (0.9 m)|
| • Estimate
|• 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||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||732 Exchanges: 793, 830, 854|
|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.
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.
1930-1990 2000 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 none of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
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.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], 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.
Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC10 Toms River Connection route.
The Lavallette School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Lavallette Elementary School. As of the 2020–21 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 156 students and 16.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.6:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Lavallette was tied as the 23rd-smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 146 students.
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Point Pleasant Beach High School in Point Pleasant Beach, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Point Pleasant Beach School District, together with students from Bay Head and Mantoloking. As of the 2020–21 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 382 students and 36.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lavallette include:
- Joe Pesci (born 1943), actor.
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