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Ocean County, New Jersey

Ocean County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is the southernmost county in the New York metropolitan area; however the southern part of the county borders the Philadelphia metro area. Its county seat is Toms River6. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population was 510,916. 2006 Census Bureau estimates show the county's population growing to around 553,251 making it the fastest growing county in the state and one of the fastest growing in America. Ocean County was established in 1850 from portions of Monmouth County.

Ocean County is home to many attractions including Island Beach State Park, Long Beach Island, Six Flags Great Adventure, home of the world's tallest, fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka. Ocean County is also the northeast gateway to New Jersey's Pine Barrens.

The state's largest suburban school district, Toms River Regional Schools, is located in the county.

It is also home to Mantoloking, the wealthiest community in the state of New Jersey and Brick Township, America's safest city.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,372 km² (916 sq mi). 1,648 km² (636 sq mi) of it is land and 724 km² (280 sq mi) of it (30.53%) is water. It is the second largest county by area in New Jersey.

Much of the county is flat and coastal, and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the nation. The highest point is one of three unnamed hills (one in Jackson Township, the other two in Plumsted Township) that reach at least 230 feet (70 m) in elevation. The lowest elevation in the county is sea level.

The following is a list of the municipalities in Ocean County. Other, unincorporated areas in the county are listed below their parent municipality (or municipalities, as the case may be). Most of these areas are census-designated places that have been created by the United States Census Bureau for enumeration purposes within a Township.

Barnegat Light
Barnegat Township
Barnegat CDP
Ocean Acres (part)
Bay Head
Beach Haven
Berkeley Township
Holiday City-Berkeley
Holiday City South
Holiday Heights
Silver Ridge
Brick Township
Eagleswood Township
Harvey Cedars
Island Heights
Jackson Township
Vista Center
Lacey Township
Forked River
Lanoka Harbor
Lakewood Township
Lakewood CDP
Leisure Village
Leisure Village East
Little Egg Harbor Township
Mystic Island
Long Beach Township
North Beach Haven
Manchester Township
Cedar Glen Lakes
Cedar Glen West
Crestwood Village
Leisure Knoll
Leisure Village West-Pine Lake Park
Pine Ridge at Crestwood
Ocean Gate
Ocean Township
Pine Beach
Plumsted Township
New Egypt
Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant Beach
Seaside Heights
Seaside Park
Ship Bottom
South Toms River
Stafford Township
Beach Haven West
Ocean Acres (part)
Surf City
Toms River Township (County Seat)
Dover Beaches North
Dover Beaches South