Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Asbury Park, New Jersey

Introduction to Asbury Park, New Jersey

Asbury Park, New Jersey, in Monmouth county, is 12 miles NE of Brick, New Jersey and 36 miles S of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Monmouth - Ocean metropolitan area. Asbury Park contains a population of approximately 16,930.

Asbury Park History

Asbury Park is a seaside community that was developed as a residential resort by James A. Bradley in the year 1871. It was originally incorporated as a borough in March of 1874, but it went through further reincorporations before finally being incorporated as a city on March 25, 1897. Asbury Park gets its name from the first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Francis Asbury. The city suffered quite a bit during the Great Depression and World War II, and its changing fortunes even resulted in the outbreak of riots in the 1970s. However, the turn of the 21st century has brought about a political, cultural, and economic revival of Asbury.

Asbury Park and nearby Attractions

  • Asbury Park Free Public Library
  • Jersey Shore Arts Center
  • Belmar Municipal Marina
  • Historical Society of Ocean Grove Museum
  • Wesley Lake
  • North Asbury Park

Things To Do In Asbury Park

The Asbury Park Free Public Library and the Historical Society of Ocean Grove Museum are the perfect places for visitors interested in the historical and cultural background of the city. The Jersey Shore Arts Center is a classic place to view artists at work. It also offers opportunities for participation in art, theater, dance and music. Belmar Beach is a popular tourist destination. One can also fish at the Belmar Marina. The city also has a number of beautiful, pristine lakes like the Deal Lake, the Wesley Lake and the Sunset Lake. Jenkinson's Aquarium and the North Asbury Park are ideal places to take children to.

Asbury Park Transportation

Air transportation is available from John F Kennedy International Airport.

Asbury Park Higher Education

Monmouth University is the local university. Apart from this, higher education can be pursued at Brookdale Community College, Beth Medrash Govoha, and Ocean County College.

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High Points

Asbury Park strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Asbury Park Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Asbury Park Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 10% Asbury Park Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Asbury Park Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Asbury Park, New Jersey

Comparing Asbury Park to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 10
Senior Citizens 3 3
Male Share of the Population 3 1
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1
Age of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 3
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 2 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Short Commute Times 4 8
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
Affordability of Rents 4 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 8
Housing Recently Built 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 2 1
Low Violent Crime 1 1

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Asbury Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Brick, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles S of New York, New York
County Monmouth
Standard Zip Codes 07712
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.22
Longitude -74.012

Asbury Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
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Asbury Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,930 100%
Male 7,943 46.9%
Female 8,987 53.1%
Under 18 5,089 30.1%
18+ 11,841 69.9%
65+ 1,891 11.2%
Median Age 30.6
Average Family Size 3.36
White 4,194 24.8%
African-American 10,515 62.1%
Asian 119 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 55 0.3%
Other 1,098 6.5%
Mixed Race 937 5.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,637 15.6%

Estimated Asbury Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,624
Growth -306
Growth % -1.8%

Asbury Park Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.9%
Haitian 7%
Italian 4.5%
Irish 3.9%
Jamaican 3.2%
US/American 2.2%
German 1.9%
African 1.9%
Polish 1.3%
English 1%
Greek 0.8%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Scottish 0.4%
West Indian 0.4%
Barbadian 0.3%
Belizean 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Asbury Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wayside (07712)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Asbury Park 16,930 $26,370
Allenhurst 718 $109,180
Bradley Beach 4,793 $49,688
Interlaken 900 $104,618
Loch Arbour 280 $74,250
Neptune City 5,218 $46,393
Ocean Township 26,959 $74,572

Asbury Park Public Libraries

Asbury Park Free Public Library
Asbury Park, New Jersey
(732) 774-4221

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Serves 617 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

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Historic Asbury Park


Coleman House c1901.

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Coleman House c1901.

Coleman House between 1900 and 1910

On the beach 1905 (est.)

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