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Ocean Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Ocean
Motto(s): 
The Community of Gracious Living
Map of Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated February 21, 1849
Government
 • Type Faulkner Act (council–manager)
 • Body Township Council
Area
 • Total 10.99 sq mi (28.47 km2)
 • Land 10.87 sq mi (28.15 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.32 km2)  1.14%
Area rank 202nd of 565 in state
13th of 53 in county
Elevation
66 ft (20 m)
Population
 • Total 27,291
 • Estimate 
(2019)
26,542
 • Rank 85th of 566 in state
8th of 53 in county
 • Density 2,509.1/sq mi (968.8/km2)
 • Density rank 250th of 566 in state
29th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07712
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402554270
GNIS feature ID 0882601

Ocean Township is a township located in east central Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Ocean Township consists of three main unincorporated communities: Wanamassa, Oakhurst and Wayside. The township is divided into two ZIP codes, 07755 (Oakhurst) and 07712 (Wanamassa & Wayside, main city Asbury Park). Small portions have Allenhurst (07711), Deal (07723) and Long Branch (07740) ZIP codes.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 27,291, reflecting an increase of 332 (+1.2%) from the 26,959 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,901 (+7.6%) from the 25,058 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

The Township of Ocean was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1849, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, at which time the newly formed township stretched from the Shrewsbury River to the southern tip of Avon-by-the-Sea. Portions of the township have been taken to form Long Branch (April 11, 1867), Eatontown (April 4, 1873), Asbury Park (March 26, 1874), Neptune Township (February 26, 1879), Sea Bright (March 21, 1889), Allenhurst (April 26, 1897), Deal (March 7, 1898), Monmouth Beach (March 9, 1906), Interlaken (March 11, 1922) and Loch Arbour (April 23, 1957). The township derives its name from its original seaside location.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 11.002 square miles (28.493 km2), including 10.877 square miles (28.170 km2) of land and 0.125 square miles (0.323 km2) of water (1.13%).

Oakhurst (2010 Census population of 3,995) and Wanamassa (2010 population 4,532) are unincorporated communities and census-designated places (CDPs) located within Ocean Township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Cold Indian Springs, Colonial Terrace,

Deal Lake covers 158 acres (64 ha) and 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, also including Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Deal, Interlaken, Loch Arbour and Neptune Township.

The township is bordered by Eatontown and West Long Branch on the north; Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst and Interlaken on the east; Neptune and Asbury Park on the south; and Tinton Falls on the west.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,768
1860 4,346 15.3%
1870 6,189 42.4%
1880 2,194 −64.6%
1890 2,978 35.7%
1900 4,251 42.7%
1910 1,377 −67.6%
1920 1,581 14.8%
1930 2,892 82.9%
1940 4,200 45.2%
1950 6,734 60.3%
1960 11,622 72.6%
1970 18,643 60.4%
1980 23,570 26.4%
1990 25,058 6.3%
2000 26,959 7.6%
2010 27,291 1.2%
2019 (est.) 26,542 −2.7%
Population sources:
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 27,291 people, 10,611 households, and 7,417 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,509.1 per square mile (968.8/km2). There were 11,541 housing units at an average density of 1,061.1 per square mile (409.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 80.66% (22,013) White, 7.96% (2,173) Black or African American, 0.20% (54) Native American, 6.56% (1,791) Asian, 0.05% (13) Pacific Islander, 2.13% (582) from other races, and 2.44% (665) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.99% (2,453) of the population.

There were 10,611 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,806 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,218) and the median family income was $100,682 (+/- $8,339). Males had a median income of $66,774 (+/- $6,581) versus $42,216 (+/- $5,707) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,432 (+/- $2,161). About 4.0% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 26,959 people, 10,254 households, and 7,341 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,443.3 people per square mile (943.7/km2). There were 10,756 housing units at an average density of 974.8 per square mile (376.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 84.48% White, 5.67% African American, 0.15% Native American, 6.27% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 4.51% of the population.

There were 10,254 households, out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $62,058, and the median income for a family was $74,572. Males had a median income of $52,376 versus $35,439 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,581. About 3.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Ocean Township has five named parks. The largest, Joe Palaia Park (formerly the Deal Test Site), is the site of the township's July 4 celebration, and the Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean's annual four-day festival. Ocean Township also contains Weltz Park, an undeveloped parcel of the Monmouth County Park System.

Ocean Township maintains a membership-based pool and tennis club for residents, with the pool open during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Transportation

Roads and highways

2021-07-30 10 38 05 View north along New Jersey State Route 18 from the overpass for Monmouth County Route 14 (West Park Avenue) in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Route 18 northbound in Ocean Township

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 131.98 miles (212.40 km) of roadways, of which 119.74 miles (192.70 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.56 miles (7.34 km) by Monmouth County and 7.68 miles (12.36 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Ocean Township is accessible by several major roads. The Route 18 freeway traverses the western part while Route 35 passes through in the east. Route 66 runs along the southern border with Neptune and Route 71 straddles the eastern border with Deal and West Long Branch. The Garden State Parkway is located west of Ocean in neighboring Tinton Falls.

Public transportation

A brief stretch of NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line passes through in the east, but the closest stations are Allenhurst and Elberon.

NJ Transit provides local bus transportation on the 832 and 837 routes.

Education

Public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade in Ocean Township are served by the Ocean Township School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 3,458 students and 356.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.7:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Ocean Township Elementary School (located in Oakhurst; with 403 students, in grades PreK-4), Wanamassa Elementary School (Wanamassa; 304, K-4), Wayside Elementary School (Wayside; 566, PreK-4), Ocean Township Intermediate School (Wayside; 1,067, 5-8) and Ocean Township High School (Oakhurst; 1,070, 9-12)

At the end of the 2016–17 school year, Loch Arbour left the district after receiving approval from the New Jersey Department of Education and following the overwhelming passage of a referendum; with 14 public school students and school property taxes of $2 million, Loch Arbour had been paying an average of $143,000 per pupil, which would be significantly reduced under new sending/receiving relationships established with the West Long Branch Public Schools for PreK-8 and Shore Regional High School for 9-12, under which Loch Arbour would pay tuition to each district based on the number of students.

Notable people

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

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ocean Township include:

  • Mary Pat Angelini (born 1954), member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 11th Legislative District from 2008 to 2016.
  • Lou Barbaro (1916–1976), professional golfer
  • Marie Castello (1915-2008), fortune teller known as Madam Marie who became widely known after being mentioned in Bruce Springsteen's 1973 song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
  • Claude Dauphin (1903-1978), French actor
  • Michelle Davidson (born 1970), masters swimmer and a long distance, open water swimmer who accomplished the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, which includes crossing the English Channel and Catalina Channel, and circumnavigating Manhattan Island.
  • Bob Davis (born 1945), former NFL quarterback whose career included three seasons with the New York Jets
  • Solomon Dwek (born c. 1973), real estate investor who became an FBI informant as part of Operation Bid Rig
  • Norma Eberhardt (1929-2011), actress whose films included Live Fast, Die Young and The Return of Dracula
  • Caroline Elkins (born 1969), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Harvard University professor.
  • Frank J. Esposito (born 1941), historian and college professor who ran as the lieutenant governor running mate of Christopher Daggett in the New Jersey gubernatorial election, 2009
  • Edward J. Hart (1893-1961), represented NJ's 14th congressional district, 1935–1955
  • Trent Hindman (born 1995), racing driver who won the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in the GS class
  • Rowland Hughes (1896-1957), Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 1954–1956
  • Oren Liebermann, journalist who works as the Jerusalem correspondent for CNN.
  • Chris Malachowsky (born c. 1958), electrical engineer who was a founder of the computer graphics company Nvidia
  • Gloria Monty (1921–2006), television producer best known for her work in the field of soap operas, most notably her tenure at General Hospital.
  • Eric Nies (born 1971), actor, male fashion model, dancer, and singer, best known for being a cast member in the first season of MTV's The Real World
  • Jack Nies (born 1937), retired National Basketball Association referee
  • John Nies (born 1967), former NFL punter for the Buffalo Bills
  • Joseph A. Palaia (born 1927), member of the New Jersey General Assembly, 1982–1989; member of the New Jersey Senate, 1989–2008
  • Kenny Pickett (born 1998), American football quarterback who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Sally Priesand (born 1946), first woman ordained by a rabbinical seminary in the United States
  • Shiba Russell, journalist with WNBC-TV
  • Adam Sarafian (born 1986), national champion pole vaulter in 2004.
  • Bruce Springsteen (born 1949), musician
  • Richard R. Stout (1912–1986), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1952 to 1974.
  • Ashley Tisdale (born 1985), actress, Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and High School Musical
  • Tommy Tucker (1903-1989), bandleader best known for "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
  • Michael Uslan (born 1951), originator and executive producer of the Batman movies
  • John Villapiano (born 1951), former professional football player who played in the World Football League; politician who served on the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of chosen freeholders and the New Jersey General Assembly, 1988–1992
  • Phil Villapiano (born 1949), NFL linebacker for the Oakland Raiders
  • Brett Wigdortz (born 1973), founder and CEO of Teach First
  • Wendy Williams (born 1964), talk show host and author host of The Wendy Williams Show
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