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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Point Pleasant
Map of Point Pleasant in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Point Pleasant in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated May 19, 1920
Area
 • Total 4.167 sq mi (10.790 km2)
 • Land 3.489 sq mi (9.035 km2)
 • Water 0.678 sq mi (1.755 km2)  16.26%
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 18,392
 • Estimate (2015) 18,523
 • Rank 140th of 566 in state
11th of 33 in county
 • Density 5,272.1/sq mi (2,035.6/km2)
 • Density rank 104th of 566 in state
1st of 33 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08742
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402959880
GNIS feature ID 0885357
Website www.ptboro.com

Point Pleasant is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 18,392, reflecting a decline of 914 (-4.7%) from the 19,306 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,129 (+6.2%) from the 18,177 counted in the 1990 Census.

Point Pleasant was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 21, 1920, from portions of Brick Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 19, 1920. The borough was reincorporated on March 12, 1928. Point Pleasant is distinct from Point Pleasant Beach, which is a separate community.

The borough is a Jersey Shore community situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that divides the Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean at the Manasquan Inlet, and the borough derives its name from this location.

History

Around 1500, the area that included the future Point Pleasant was the ceremonial meeting place of the Lenape Native Americans, who called it the "Land of Tall Timber". In approximately 1665, the first European settlers arrived in the area, mainly fishermen, farmers and boat builders.

On February 15, 1850, Governor Daniel Haines and the New Jersey Legislature separated Ocean County from Monmouth County, and created Brick Township, including the Point Pleasant area, which became independent of Brick Township in 1920, though the post office carried the designation "West Point Pleasant" until 1956. According to the town's official website, many longtime residents still use that name. The town's first mayor was Melville B. Parker, chosen after J.H. Harvey declined the position after being elected. The town was initially a logging town, although logging was never a significant part of the local economy.

In 1924, the Manasquan River-Bay Head Canal was completed as part of the inland waterway. The canal, which divides Point Pleasant in half, provides a passage for boats, and is the northern most leg of the Intracoastal Waterway which traverses the East Coast of the United States along the Atlantic Ocean between New Jersey and Florida. In 1964, Senator Clifford Case introduced legislation that changed the canal's name to the Point Pleasant Canal.

Though often regarded as a summer resort, the borough's website emphasizes that it is a "year round community of approximately 19,000 residents".

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.167 square miles (10.790 km2), including 3.489 square miles (9.035 km2) of land and 0.678 square miles (1.755 km2) of water (16.26%).

The borough is bounded on the north by the Manasquan River, on the east by Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head, on the south by Beaver Dam Creek and on the west by Brick Township; the borough also borders Mantoloking in Ocean County and Brielle in Monmouth County. The town is home to the Point Pleasant Canal, completed in 1925, at the northern end of the Intracoastal Waterway. The two lift bridges over the canal, at Route 88 and Bridge Avenue, can be opened as many as 300 times per day during the summer to allow boats to pass underneath as marine traffic has the right of way.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,058
1940 2,082 1.2%
1950 4,009 92.6%
1960 10,182 154.0%
1970 15,968 56.8%
1980 17,747 11.1%
1990 18,177 2.4%
2000 19,306 6.2%
2010 18,392 −4.7%
Est. 2015 18,523 0.7%
Population sources:
1930-2000 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,392 people, 7,273 households, and 4,982 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,272.1 per square mile (2,035.6/km2). There were 8,331 housing units at an average density of 2,388.1 per square mile (922.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 96.05% (17,666) White, 0.41% (75) Black or African American, 0.13% (24) Native American, 0.72% (133) Asian, 0.03% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.66% (305) from other races, and 0.99% (183) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.08% (935) of the population.

There were 7,273 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.3 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,521 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,209) and the median family income was $94,399 (+/- $4,750). Males had a median income of $67,632 (+/- $4,111) versus $47,428 (+/- $5,097) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,596 (+/- $1,783). About 1.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 19,306 people, 7,560 households, and 5,231 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,461.6 people per square mile (2,111.6/km2). There were 8,350 housing units at an average density of 2,362.2 per square mile (913.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.83% White, 5.33% African-American, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.41%, 0.14% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races.

There were 7,560 households out of which 32.1% 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 30.8% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $55,987, and the median income for a family was $64,798. Males had a median income of $50,828 versus $32,886 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,715. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 78.04 miles (125.59 km) of roadways, of which 64.28 miles (103.45 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.86 miles (12.65 km) by Ocean County and 3.30 miles (5.31 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

State highways include Route 13, which extends a total of .56 miles (0.90 km), most of which is in the borough with a small portion in Bay Head. Route 88 traverses the borough to its eastern terminus at Route 35, just across the border with Point Pleasant Beach.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on the 317 route.

Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC3A Brick - Point Pleasant and the OC4 Lakewood - Brick Link routes.

In media

  • A fictionalized version of the town was the setting of a short-lived 2005 television show, Point Pleasant.
  • On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, there is a recurring spoof set in the borough called "Point Pleasant Police Department", in which the host and a guest (Alec Baldwin, Bill Hader, Jake Gyllenhaal and Kevin James) play local police officers who repeatedly spit food on each other.

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