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Sea Girt, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Sea Girt
Sea Girt Light
Sea Girt Light
Motto(s): 
Where the Cedars Meet the Sea
Map of Sea Girt in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Sea Girt in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Sea Girt, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Sea Girt, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°07′50″N 74°02′02″W / 40.130499°N 74.033843°W / 40.130499; -74.033843Coordinates: 40°07′50″N 74°02′02″W / 40.130499°N 74.033843°W / 40.130499; -74.033843
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated May 1, 1917
Named for Estate of Comm. Robert F. Stockton
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.46 sq mi (3.77 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)  27.12%
Area rank 455th of 565 in state
37th of 53 in county
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 • Total 1,828
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,765
 • Rank 496th of 566 in state
43rd of 53 in county
 • Density 1,729.6/sq mi (667.8/km2)
 • Density rank 310th of 566 in state
39th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08750
Area code(s) 732 exchanges: 282, 449, 974
FIPS code 3402566330
GNIS feature ID 0885388

Sea Girt is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,828, reflecting a decline of 320 (-14.9%) from the 2,148 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 49 (+2.3%) from the 2,099 counted in the 1990 Census.

Sea Girt was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 29, 1917, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 1, 1917. The borough was named for the estate of Comm. Robert F. Stockton, who had purchased a property in the area in 1853.

In the Forbes magazine 2012 rankings of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes", the borough was ranked 197th, with a median price of $1,135,184.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.450 square miles (3.756 km2), including 1.057 square miles (2.737 km2) of land and 0.393 square miles (1.018 km2) of water (27.11%).

Wreck Pond is a tidal pond located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Wall Township and the boroughs of Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights. The Wreck Pond watershed covers about 12.8 square miles (33 km2) in eastern Monmouth County.

The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Manasquan, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights and Wall Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 110
1930 386 250.9%
1940 599 55.2%
1950 1,178 96.7%
1960 1,798 52.6%
1970 2,207 22.7%
1980 2,650 20.1%
1990 2,099 −20.8%
2000 2,148 2.3%
2010 1,828 −14.9%
2019 (est.) 1,765 −3.4%
Population sources:
1920 1920-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,828 people, 823 households, and 546 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,729.6 per square mile (667.8/km2). There were 1,291 housing units at an average density of 1,221.5 per square mile (471.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 99.12% (1,812) White, 0.00% (0) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.22% (4) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.22% (4) from other races, and 0.44% (8) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% (30) of the population.

There were 823 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 11.4% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 29.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53.5 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 81.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $96,652 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,474) and the median family income was $150,179 (+/- $26,605). Males had a median income of $118,958 (+/- $48,899) versus $51,953 (+/- $12,836) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $63,422 (+/- $10,659). About 0.9% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,148 people, 942 households, and 636 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,026.9 people per square mile (782.4/km2). There were 1,285 housing units at an average density of 1,212.5 per square mile (468.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.12% White, 0.09% African American, 0.28% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.40% of the population.

As of the 2000 Census, 34.1% of Sea Girt residents were of Irish ancestry, the 10th-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and fourth-highest in New Jersey, among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry.

There were 942 households, out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 18.5% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $86,104, and the median income for a family was $102,680. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $46,667 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $63,871. About 2.1% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 17.14 miles (27.58 km) of roadways, of which 14.79 miles (23.80 km) were maintained by the municipality, 0.08 miles (0.13 km) by Monmouth County and 3.58 miles (5.76 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 71 (Seventh Avenue) passes on the west side of the borough near and along the border with Wall Township, connecting Manasquan in the south to Spring Lake Heights in the north.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers train service at the Manasquan station on the North Jersey Coast Line from the Bay Head station to Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction, Penn Station New York and Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit bus service is available between Sea Girt and Philadelphia on the 317 route, with local service offered on the 830 route which runs between Asbury Park and Point Pleasant with connections to additional local-service routes at Asbury Park.

Points of interest

  • Sea Girt Light began operation on December 10, 1896, and is located at Ocean Avenue and Beacon Boulevard. The lighthouse is one of only 20 lighthouses in the state of New Jersey that remain in existence.
  • The Intelligent Whale, an experimental hand-cranked submarine based on an 1863 design, is on display at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey.
  • Both the New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Department of Corrections have their training facilities in Sea Girt. The New Jersey State Police Academy provides a program for recruits on a residential basis that provides training over a 25-week period.

Education

The Sea Girt School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Sea Girt Elementary School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 125 students and 16.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.4:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Sea Girt had the 21st smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 145 students. For the 2005 school year, Sea Girt Elementary School was one of four schools in New Jersey recognized by the United States Department of Education as a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award, the highest level of recognition awarded to an American school; The school was one of nine public schools recognized as Blue Ribbon schools in 2017.

For ninth through twelfth grades, Sea Girt's public school students attend Manasquan High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Manasquan Public Schools. Manasquan High School also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 969 students and 72.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.3:1.

Many graduates choose to attend private school and students have enrolled in Christian Brothers Academy, Lawrenceville School, Peddie School, Ranney School, Monsignor Donovan High School, Red Bank Catholic High School and St. Rose High School.

Notable people

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

  • Lewis Benson (1906–1986), expert on the writings of George Fox.
  • Frederick Bernard Lacey (1920-2017) United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
  • Bruce Lefebvre (born 1969), executive chef at the Frog and the Peach in New Brunswick.
  • Elmer Matthews (1927-2015), lawyer and politician who served three terms in the New Jersey General Assembly.
  • Bill Parcells (born 1941), former NFL coach of the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys.
  • Richie Regan (1930-2002), basketball player and coach who played in the NBA for the Rochester / Cincinnati Royals.
  • Robert F. Stockton (1795-1866), United States Navy commodore, notable for his role in the capture of California during the Mexican–American War.
  • Alex Webster (1931-2012), American football fullback and halfback in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was also the head coach of the Giants from 1969 to 1973.
  • Lawrence Aloysius Whipple (1910–1983), United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
  • William T. Doyle (born 1926), Republican member of the Vermont State Senate

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