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Ship Bottom, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Ship Bottom
Motto: "Gateway to Long Beach Island"
Map of Ship Bottom in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Ship Bottom in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ship Bottom, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Ship Bottom, New Jersey
Country  United States
state  New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated March 3, 1925 as Ship Bottom-Beach Arlington
Renamed 1947 as Ship Bottom
Area
 • Total 1.001 sq mi (2.592 km2)
 • Land 0.713 sq mi (1.847 km2)
 • Water 0.288 sq mi (0.745 km2)  28.73%
Area rank 498th of 566 in state
23rd of 33 in county
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 1,156
 • Estimate (2015) 1,135
 • Rank 528th of 566 in state
29th of 33 in county
 • Density 1,620.6/sq mi (625.7/km2)
 • Density rank 322nd of 566 in state
16th of 33 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08008 - Beach Haven
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 207, 361, 492, 494
FIPS code 3402967110
GNIS feature ID 0885394

Ship Bottom is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,156, reflecting a decline of 228 (-16.5%) from the 1,384 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 32 (+2.4%) from the 1,352 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is located on Long Beach Island and borders the Atlantic Ocean.

The borough's name derives from an incident in March 1817, in which a woman was saved from a wrecked ship that had flipped over, after her rescuers used axes to cut through the bottom of the hull.

What is now Ship Bottom was originally incorporated as the borough of Ship Bottom-Beach Arlington by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 3, 1925, from portions of Long Beach Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 23, 1925. The borough name was shortened to Ship Bottom in 1947.

The borough is known as the "Gateway to Long Beach Island", as Route 72 provides the sole road access from Manahawkin in Stafford Township, ending in Ship Bottom as it crosses Manahawkin Bay via the Manahawkin Bay Bridge (formally known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.001 square miles (2.592 km2), including 0.713 square miles (1.847 km2) of land and 0.288 square miles (0.745 km2) of water (28.73%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Beach Arlington.

The borough borders the Ocean County municipalities of Long Beach Township, Stafford Township and Surf City.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 277
1940 396 43.0%
1950 533 34.6%
1960 717 34.5%
1970 1,079 50.5%
1980 1,427 32.3%
1990 1,352 −5.3%
2000 1,384 2.4%
2010 1,156 −16.5%
Est. 2015 1,135 −1.8%
Population sources:
1930-2000 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,156 people, 555 households, and 329 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,620.6 per square mile (625.7/km2). There were 2,066 housing units at an average density of 2,896.3 per square mile (1,118.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 92.91% (1,074) White, 1.30% (15) Black or African American, 0.17% (2) Native American, 0.43% (5) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.98% (46) from other races, and 1.21% (14) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.17% (106) of the population.

There were 555 households out of which 13.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 12.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 28.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.2 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 99.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,673 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,872) and the median family income was $97,841 (+/- $19,072). Males had a median income of $51,641 (+/- $9,381) versus $33,580 (+/- $4,778) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,184 (+/- $4,936). About 5.4% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,384 people, 664 households, and 395 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,991.1 people per square mile (763.4/km2). There were 2,218 housing units at an average density of 3,191.0 per square mile (1,223.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.32% White, 0.29% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 1.08% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.78% of the population.

There were 664 households out of which 14.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the borough the population was spread out with 14.8% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $42,098, and the median income for a family was $60,417. Males had a median income of $36,382 versus $28,958 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,870. About 4.1% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 18.57 miles (29.89 km) of roadways, of which 13.32 miles (21.44 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.65 miles (7.48 km) by Ocean County and 0.60 miles (0.97 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The eastern terminus of Route 72 is in Ship Bottom, which connects the borough to the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township via the Manahawkin Bay Bridge (formally known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge).

Public transportation

Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC9 Long Beach Island route.

The LBI Shuttle operates along Long Beach Boulevard, providing free service every 5 to 20 minutes from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. It serves the Long Beach Island municipalities / communities of Barnegat Light, Loveladies, Harvey Cedars, North Beach, Surf City, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township, Beach Haven and Holgate.

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