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Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Spring Lake Heights
Center of Spring Lake Heights along Route 71
Center of Spring Lake Heights along Route 71
Map of Spring Lake Heights in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Spring Lake Heights in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°08′58″N 74°02′46″W / 40.149483°N 74.046169°W / 40.149483; -74.046169Coordinates: 40°08′58″N 74°02′46″W / 40.149483°N 74.046169°W / 40.149483; -74.046169
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated March 19, 1927
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.33 sq mi (3.43 km2)
 • Land 1.30 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)  2.26%
Area rank 468th of 565 in state
40th of 53 in county
Elevation
23 ft (7 m)
Population
 • Total 4,713
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,521
 • Rank 386th of 566 in state
35th of 53 in county
 • Density 3,671.3/sq mi (1,417.5/km2)
 • Density rank 172nd of 566 in state
17th of 53 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07762
Area code(s) 732 exchanges: 282, 449, 974
FIPS code 3402570140
GNIS feature ID 0885407

Spring Lake Heights is a borough located in the southern coastal portion of Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,713, reflecting a decline of 514 (-9.8%) from the 5,227 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 114 (-2.1%) from the 5,341 counted in the 1990 Census.

The borough of Spring Lake Heights was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 19, 1927, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1927. The borough was named for Spring Lake, which was named for a clear spring-fed lake.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Spring Lake Heights as its 28th 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 1.309 square miles (3.391 km2), including 1.284 square miles (3.325 km2) of land and 0.025 square miles (0.066 km2) of water (1.95%).

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

The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Wall Township.

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,221
1940 1,076 −11.9%
1950 1,798 67.1%
1960 3,309 84.0%
1970 4,602 39.1%
1980 5,424 17.9%
1990 5,341 −1.5%
2000 5,227 −2.1%
2010 4,713 −9.8%
2019 (est.) 4,521 −4.1%
Population sources:1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,713 people, 2,316 households, and 1,202 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,671.3 per square mile (1,417.5/km2). There were 2,972 housing units at an average density of 2,315.1 per square mile (893.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 96.61% (4,553) White, 0.64% (30) Black or African American, 0.15% (7) Native American, 1.08% (51) Asian, 0.02% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.47% (22) from other races, and 1.04% (49) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.29% (155) of the population.

There were 2,316 households out of which 17.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.1% were non-families. 41.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 16.5% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.6 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 81.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $72,083 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,741) and the median family income was $102,173 (+/- $13,664). Males had a median income of $80,819 (+/- $9,463) versus $56,615 (+/- $7,658) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $43,370 (+/- $4,154). About 1.1% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 18.78 miles (30.22 km) of roadways, of which 15.63 miles (25.15 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.48 miles (2.38 km) by Monmouth County and 1.67 miles (2.69 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 71 (Seventh Avenue) which traverses the borough, from Sea Girt in the south to Wall Township in the north. County Route 524 (Allaire Road) heads across Spring Lake Heights from Wall Township in the west to its eastern terminus where it meets Route 71 in the eastern portion of the borough. Route 35 just misses the northwest corner of the borough.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers train service at the Spring Lake station on the North Jersey Coast Line. NJ Transit bus service is available between the borough and Philadelphia on the 317 route, with local service offered on the 830 route.

Education

The Spring Lake Heights School District, located on a 12-acre (49,000 m2) campus, serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Spring Lake Heights Elementary School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 336 students and 34.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.7:1.

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Manasquan High School in Manasquan, 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, Sea Girt and Spring Lake, 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.

Students from the borough, and all of Monmouth County, are eligible to attend one of the magnet schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District — Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Academy of Allied Health & Science, High Technology High School, Biotechnology High School, and Communications High School.

Spring Lake Heights students are also served by Saint Catharine School (grades K-8) in Spring Lake and St. Rose High School (9-12) in Belmar, which operate under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Spring Lake Heights include:

  • John Amabile (1939-2012), football coach and scout.
  • Anthony T. Augelli (1902-1985), United States federal judge.
  • Thomas B. Considine (born 1964) Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance from 2010 to 2012.
  • Barbara Friedrich (born 1949), gold medalist in javelin at 1967 Pan American Games who set the US record at 198' 8 1/2".
  • James J. Howard (1927–1988), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1965–1988.
  • Joseph P. Lordi (1919-1983), Essex County prosecutor and first Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.
  • Thomas McLernon (c. 1906 - 1986), general manager of the New York City Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
  • Valentina Sánchez (born 1995), model, television producer and beauty pageant titleholder.

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