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Oceanport, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Oceanport
Thoroughbred horse racing at Monmouth Park Racetrack
Thoroughbred horse racing at Monmouth Park Racetrack
Map of Oceanport in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Oceanport in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Oceanport, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Oceanport, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated May 11, 1920
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 3.80 sq mi (9.83 km2)
 • Land 3.17 sq mi (8.22 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)  16.39%
Area rank 305th of 565 in state
21st of 53 in county
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 • Total 5,832
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,722
 • Rank 353rd of 566 in state
30th of 53 in county
 • Density 1,833.7/sq mi (708.0/km2)
 • Density rank 303rd of 566 in state
37th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07757
Area code(s) area codes 732 and 848 (732 Exchanges: 222,229,389,542,544)
FIPS code 3402554570
GNIS feature ID 0885334
Website

Oceanport is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,832, reflecting an increase of 25 (+0.4%) from the 5,807 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 339 (-5.5%) from the 6,146 counted in the 1990 Census.

Oceanport was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1920, from portions of Eatontown Township (now Eatontown), based on the results of a referendum held on May 11, 1920.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Oceanport as its 4th 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 3.798 square miles (9.838 km2), including 3.180 square miles (8.237 km2) of land and 0.618 square miles (1.600 km2) of water (16.27%).

The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Little Silver to the northwest, Long Branch to the east, Eatontown to the southwest and West Long Branch to the southeast. It shares a water border to the northeast with Monmouth Beach and forms a peninsula, jutting into the Shrewsbury River.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names within the borough include Elkwood Park, Fort Monmouth, Gooseneck Point, Port-au-peck and Sands Point.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,872
1940 3,159 68.8%
1950 7,588 140.2%
1960 4,937 −34.9%
1970 7,503 52.0%
1980 5,888 −21.5%
1990 6,146 4.4%
2000 5,807 −5.5%
2010 5,832 0.4%
2019 (est.) 5,722 −1.9%
Population sources:1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,832 people, 2,227 households, and 1,597 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,833.7 per square mile (708.0/km2). There were 2,390 housing units at an average density of 751.5 per square mile (290.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 93.36% (5,445) White, 3.00% (175) Black or African American, 0.05% (3) Native American, 1.59% (93) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.67% (39) from other races, and 1.32% (77) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.05% (236) of the population.

There were 2,227 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $89,208 (with a margin of error of +/- $18,245) and the median family income was $108,958 (+/- $21,795). Males had a median income of $60,038 (+/- $12,383) versus $49,415 (+/- $5,095) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,252 (+/- $9,172). About 3.1% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,807 people, 2,043 households, and 1,554 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,802.1 people per square mile (696.3/km2). There were 2,114 housing units at an average density of 656.0 per square mile (253.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.71% White, 1.96% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.

There were 2,043 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $71,458, and the median income for a family was $85,038. Males had a median income of $57,955 versus $39,718 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,356. About 1.8% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

2018-05-28 15 42 23 View east along Monmouth County Route 537 (Eatontown Boulevard) at New Jersey State Route 71 (Monmouth Road) in Oceanport, Monmouth County, New Jersey
CR 537 in Oceanport

As of 2010, Oceanport had a total of 31.26 miles (50.31 km) of roadways, of which 25.47 miles (40.99 km) were maintained by the borough, 5.46 miles (8.79 km) by Monmouth County and 0.33 miles (0.53 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 71 brushes the edge of Oceanport, while County Route 537 passes directly through Oceanport.

Public transportation

NJ Transit has a nearby limited-service stop at the Monmouth Park station for Monmouth Park Racetrack, offering seasonal service from May through October on the North Jersey Coast Line. NJ Transit local bus service is provided on the 831 route.

Sports

Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred horse race track, is home to the annual Haskell Invitational Handicap. The choice to put the track in this small community in 1946 was made because of its prime location at the shore and its accessibility for New Yorkers and North Jersey folk who make up the majority of the track crowd. The Haskell Invitational Stakes, which next to the Triple Crown is horse racing's biggest event, takes place each year in August. In October 2007, Oceanport's Monmouth Park hosted the Breeders' Cup, attracting nearly 70,000 fans over the two days of the event.

Education

Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in public school are educated by the Oceanport School District The district also includes students from Sea Bright, who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 599 students and 61.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Wolf Hill Elementary School with 342 students in pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade and Maple Place Middle School with 253 students in grades 5 - 8.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Shore Regional High School, a regional high school that also serves students from the constituent districts of Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright and West Long Branch. The high school is located in West Long Branch and 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. Seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with three seats assigned to Oceanport.

Notable people

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

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

  • Phil Bredesen (born 1943), Governor of Tennessee.
  • George Conway (c. 1878–1939), horse trainer who trained War Admiral, winner of the Triple Crown in 1937.
  • John D'Amico Jr. (born 1941), former Oceanport councilmember who served as a county freeholder and state senator.
  • Brad Faxon (born 1961), professional golfer.
  • Harry Flaherty (born 1989), professional football tight end who has played for the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.
  • S. Thomas Gagliano (1931–2019), politician who served on the Oceanport borough council and in the New Jersey Senate from 1978 to 1989.
  • Lewis G. Hansen (1891-1965), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who was the Democratic nominee who lost the 1946 Gubernatorial election.
  • Charles J. O'Byrne (born 1959), top aide to former Governor of New York David Paterson.
  • Charles Rembar (1915-2000), lawyer best known for his First Amendment litigation.
  • Kevin Smith (born 1970), filmmaker, lived in Oceanport in the 1990s.
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