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Loch Arbour, New Jersey
Village of Loch Arbour
Seagull above the waters in Loch Arbour
Seagull above the waters in Loch Arbour
Map of Loch Arbour in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Loch Arbour in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Loch Arbour, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Loch Arbour, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated April 23, 1957
Named for Lochaber, Scotland
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Trustees
 • Total 0.13 sq mi (0.35 km2)
 • Land 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)  36.15%
Area rank 563rd of 565 in state
52nd of 53 in county
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 194
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 562nd of 566 in state
53rd of 53 in county
 • Density 1,928.2/sq mi (744.5/km2)
 • Density rank 298th of 566 in state
35th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 732 exchanges: 517, 531, 660, 663
FIPS code 3402541010
GNIS feature ID 0885283

Loch Arbour is a village in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, formed in 1957. It was named after Lochaber, Scotland. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village's population was 194, reflecting a decline of 86 (-30.7%) from the 280 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 100 (-26.3%) from the 380 counted in the 1990 Census. As of 2010, Loch Arbour was the third-smallest municipality in New Jersey in terms of area (behind Shrewsbury Township and East Newark) and was the fifth-smallest municipality by population in the state of New Jersey. Based on data from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the borough is the third-smallest municipality in the state.


Loch Arbour was incorporated as a village by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 23, 1957, from portions of Ocean Township, based on the results of a referendum held that same day. The borough was named for Lochaber, Scotland.

Its formation was driven by efforts to build condominiums in the area. Residents who sought to prevent the development led the secession, taking with them the last portion of oceanfront property in what The New York Times described as "the now ironically-named Ocean Township."

In 1997, Loch Arbour voters rejected a ballot proposal that would have it merge back into Ocean Township by an 88-69 margin, and proposals to merge with Allenhurst or Interlaken failed by a nearly 10-1 margin.

A ballot proposal in 2011 again considered a merger with Allenhurst, citing a potential reduction in property taxes for residents. In 2012, Loch Arbour officials held discussions with their counterparts in Allenhurst towards a plan in which the two municipalities would merge, subject to approval by the councils of both communities and approval of a referendum by voters in both Loch Arbour and Allenhurst. The merger drive was driven by property taxes paid to the Ocean Township School District, a relationship that would be ended by the merger, under which the combined municipality would send students at lower cost to the Asbury Park Public Schools.

While there are four municipalities that retain the Village type of government (Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood and South Orange), none of them still use the Village form of government. Loch Arbour was the last to do so, but on December 20, 2011, its residents voted to change to the Walsh Act form of government, with a three-member board of commissioners.


Loch Arbour covers a total area of 0.141 square miles (0.364 km2), including 0.101 square miles (0.261 km2) of land and 0.040 square miles (0.104 km2) of water (28.43%) according to 2010 United States Census Bureau data.

The village is located along the Atlantic Ocean in eastern Monmouth County and is bordered to the north by the Borough of Allenhurst, to the west by the borough of Interlaken and to the south by the City of Asbury Park.

Deal Lake covers 158 acres (64 ha) which is overseen by the Deal Lake Commission, which was established in 1974. Seven municipalities border the lake, accounting for 27 miles (43 km) of shoreline, including Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Deal, Interlaken, Neptune Township and Ocean Township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 297
1970 395 33.0%
1980 369 −6.6%
1990 380 3.0%
2000 280 −26.3%
2010 194 −30.7%
2019 (est.) 180 −7.2%
Population sources:
1960-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 194 people, 82 households, and 53 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,928.2 per square mile (744.5/km2). There were 159 housing units at an average density of 1,580.4 per square mile (610.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the village was 94.85% (184) White, 1.55% (3) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 1.55% (3) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.52% (1) from other races, and 1.55% (3) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.61% (7) of the population.

There were 82 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village, the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 13.9% from 25 to 44, 44.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.0 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 108.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $120,000 (with a margin of error of +/- $62,957) and the median family income was $119,167 (+/- $20,917). Males had a median income of $73,500 (+/- $27,181) versus $92,500 (+/- $38,683) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $60,575 (+/- $9,229). None of the population were below the poverty line.


2018-05-25 12 35 12 View north along New Jersey State Route 71 (Norwood Avenue) at Edgemont Drive in Loch Arbour, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Route 71, the main highway through Loch Arbour

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the village had a total of 2.04 miles (3.28 km) of roadways, of which 1.82 miles (2.93 km) were maintained by the municipality and 0.22 miles (0.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 71 is the main access road that passes north–south through the village.

Loch Arbour is one hour south of New York City and east of Philadelphia. The closest limited access road is Route 18, and both Interstate 195 and the Garden State Parkway are at least 15 minutes away.

Public transportation

As of July 2010, NJ Transit served the village on the 837 (New Jersey bus) route.

The NJ Transit Jersey Shore Line passes through the village, with the closest stop at Allenhurst station in neighboring Allenhurst, New Jersey.


Since the 1960s, Loch Arbour had been a part of the Ocean Township School District, a consolidated public school district serving students in kindergarten through twelfth grade from both Loch Arbour and Ocean Township.

At the end of the 2016–17 school year, Loch Arbour left the Ocean Township district after getting approval from the New Jersey Department of Education and the approval of a referendum by over 95% of voters. With 14 public school students and school property taxes of $2 million, Loch Arbour had been paying an average of $143,000 per pupil under the old arrangement, while Ocean Township residents paid only $16,000 per pupil. Under new sending/receiving relationships established with the West Long Branch district for PreK-8 and Shore Regional for 9–12, Loch Arbour pays tuition to each district based on the number of students.

The West Long Branch Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from West Long Branch. Students from Allenhurst and Interlaken also attend the district's school as part of sending/receiving relationships, in which students attend on a tuition basis. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 573 students and 62.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.2:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Betty McElmon Elementary School with 310 students in pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade and Frank Antonides School with 256 students in fifth through eighth grades.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Shore Regional High School, a regional high school located in West Long Branch that also serves students from the constituent districts of Monmouth Beach, Oceanport and Sea Bright. The high school is part of the Shore Regional High School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 649 students and 57.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Monmouth County, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Loch Arbour include:

  • Peter Dobson (born 1964), actor with a cameo role in Forrest Gump as Elvis Presley.
  • Radia Perlman (born 1951), inventor of the Spanning Tree Protocol.
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