Beach Haven Inlet

Long Beach Township, New Jersey
Township of Long Beach

Map of Long Beach Township in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of Long Beach Township, New Jersey

Coordinates: 39°36′06″N 74°13′35″W / 39.601551°N 74.226367°W / 39.601551; -74.226367Coordinates: 39°36′06″N 74°13′35″W / 39.601551°N 74.226367°W / 39.601551; -74.226367[1][2]

Country United States
State New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated March 23, 1899
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Mayor Joseph H. Mancini (term ends December 31, 2016)[3]
 • Clerk Lynda J. Wells[4]
 • Total 22.036 sq mi (57.073 km2)
 • Land 5.444 sq mi (14.099 km2)
 • Water 16.592 sq mi (42.974 km2)  75.30%
Area rank 125th of 566 in state
13th of 33 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9][10]
 • Total 3,051
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 3,064
 • Rank 451st of 566 in state
18th of 33 in county[12]
 • Density 560.5/sq mi (216.4/km2)
 • Density rank 435th of 566 in state
26th of 33 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08008[13][14]
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 207, 361, 492, 494[15]
FIPS code 3402941250[16][2][17]
GNIS feature ID 0882066[18][2]

Long Beach Township is a Walsh Act Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 3,051[7][8][9][10] reflecting an decline of 278 (-8.4%) from the 3,329 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 78 (-2.3%) from the 3,407 counted in the 1990 Census.[19]

The township is located on Long Beach Island, a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean whose summer populations swells to as much as 130,000, including part-time residents and tourists.[20] In October 2012, Long Beach Township was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As a result of the storm surge, flooding and high winds, dozens of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. After the waters receded, streets were left covered with up to four feet of sand in some spots.[21] Governor Chris Christie issued a mandatory evacuation order on October 28, and it remained in place until a full 13 days after the storm.[22]

Long Beach Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1899, from portions of Eagleswood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean Township, Stafford Township and Union Township (now known as Barnegat Township). Portions of the township were taken to form Barnegat City (March 29, 1904, now Barnegat Light) and Ship Bottom-Beach Arlington (March 3, 1925, now Ship Bottom).[23]

North Beach Haven (with a 2010 Census population of 2,235[24]) is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located within Long Beach Township.[25][26][27] Other communities within Long Beach Township include the Long Beach Island communities of Beach Haven Crest, Beach Haven Gardens, Beach Haven Inlet, Beach Haven Park, Beach Haven Terrace, Brant Beach, Brighton Beach, Haven Beach, High Bar Harbor, Holgate, Loveladies, North Beach, Peahala Park, South Beach Haven, Spray Beach, and the Dunes.[28]


Long Beach Township is located at 39°36′06″N 74°13′35″W / 39.601551°N 74.226367°W / 39.601551; -74.226367 (39.601551,-74.226367). According to the United States Census Bureau, Long Beach township had a total area of 22.036 square miles (57.073 km2), of which, 5.444 square miles (14.099 km2) of it is land and 16.592 square miles (42.974 km2) of it (75.30%) is water.[2][1]

The township is divided into four discontiguous land areas. The most populous, with most of the named places, is located north of Beach Haven and south of Ship Bottom. The Holgate section is south of Beach Haven; most of it is a wildlife preserve. Loveladies and High Bar Harbor form the northernmost, between Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light. North Beach and Frazier Park north of Surf City and south of Harvey Cedars.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20123,064[11]0.4%
Population sources:
1900-2000[29] 1900-1920[30]
1900-1910[31] 1910-1930[32]
1930-1990[33] 2000[34][35] 2010[7][8][9][10]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[23]

Census 2010


The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,396 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,929) and the median family income was $95,417 (+/- $12,507). Males had a median income of $69,922 (+/- $25,066) versus $59,688 (+/- $18,587) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $63,020 (+/- $9,706). About 2.3% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.[36]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[16] there were 3,329 people, 1,664 households, and 1,038 families residing in the township. The population density was 627.3 people per square mile (242.1/km²). There were 9,023 housing units at an average density of 1,700.1 per square mile (656.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.53% White, 0.24% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.[34][35]

There were 1,664 households out of which 12.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.50.[34][35]

In the township the population was spread out with 11.7% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 17.9% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 36.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.[34][35]

The median income for a household in the township was $48,697, and the median income for a family was $59,833. Males had a median income of $41,681 versus $31,528 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,404. About 3.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.[34][35]


Local government

Long Beach Township has been governed under the Walsh Act form of New Jersey municipal government, by a three-member Township Committee, since 1936.[37] Commissioners are elected to serve four-year terms on a concurrent basis in partisan elections, with all current commissioner's terms of office ending on June 30, 2012.[5]

As of 2013, the members of the Long Beach Township Commission are Mayor Joseph H. Mancini (Commissioner of Public Affairs and Public Safety), Ralph H. Bayard (Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property) and Dr. Joseph P. Lattanzi (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), all serving terms of office that end December 31, 2016.[38][39][40]

On August 12, 2009, Commissioner DiAnne Gove was selected by Republican county committee members to fill the remainder of the term of Daniel Van Pelt in the General Assembly representing the 9th legislative district after Van Pelt had resigned after being arrested on corruption charges.[41]

Federal, state and county representation

Long Beach Township is located in the 2nd Congressional District[42] and is part of New Jersey's 9th state legislative district.[9][43][44] Prior to the 2010 Census, Long Beach Township had been part of the 3rd Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.[45]

New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[46] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[47] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[48][49]

The 9th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township).[50] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[51] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[52]

Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.[53] At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a deputy Director from among its members. As of 2013, Ocean County's Freeholders (with department directorship, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director John P. Kelly (Law and Public Safety; Eagleswood Township, term ends December 31, 2013),[54] Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey (Transportation; Brick Township, 2013),[55] John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Finance, Parks and Recreation; Pine Beach, 2015),[56] Gerry P. Little (Human Services; Surf City, 2015)[57] and Joseph H. Vicari (Public Works, Senior Services; Toms River, 2014).[58][59][60] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella,[61] Sheriff William L. Polhemus[62] and Surrogate Jeffrey W. Moran.[63]


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 2,955 registered voters in Long Beach Township, of which 544 (18.4%) were registered as Democrats, 1,215 (41.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,195 (40.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.[64] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 96.9% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 107.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).[64][65]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 61.3% of the vote here (1,441 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 36.8% (865 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (26 votes), among the 2,351 ballots cast by the township's 3,132 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.1%.[66] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 63.1% of the vote here (1,499 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 35.6% (847 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (20 votes), among the 2,377 ballots cast by the township's 3,128 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.0.[67]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 63.7% of the vote here (1,167 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 27.9% (512 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.6% (121 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (14 votes), among the 1,833 ballots cast by the township's 3,041 registered voters, yielding a 60.3% turnout.[68]


For Kindergarten through sixth grade, public school students attend the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, which serves students from Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City.[5][69] Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[70]) are Ethel Jacobsen School[71] in Surf City with 118 students in grades Kindergarten – 2 and Long Beach Island Grade School[72] in Ship Bottom with 113 students in grades 3 – 6.[73]

Students in public school for seventh through twelfth grades attend the Southern Regional School District, which serves the five municipalities in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, along with students from Beach Haven and Stafford Township, as well as students from Ocean Township (including its Waretown section) who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[5][74] (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[75]) are Southern Regional Middle School[76] (grades 7 and 8; 1,008 students) and Southern Regional High School[77] (grades 9 – 12; 2,023 students).[78] Both schools are in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township.

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of Long Beach Township include:

See also


External links

  • Long Beach Township website
  • Long Beach Island School District
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Southern Regional School District
  • Long Beach Township Beach Patrol
  • Long Beach Township Police
Preceded by
Harvey Cedars
Beaches of New Jersey Succeeded by
Surf City
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