Berkeley, New Jersey

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Berkeley, New Jersey

Introduction to Berkeley, New Jersey

Berkeley, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 2 miles NW of Toms River, New Jersey and 49 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Monmouth - Ocean metropolitan area. Berkeley contains a population of approximately 39,991.

Berkeley History

The township of Berkeley was incorporated on March 31, 1875. Before its incorporation, Berkeley was a part of the Dover Township. Originally, this town included parts of Seaside Heights, South Toms River, Seaside Heights, Ocean Gate and Beachwood. Though Island Beach was separated from the town on June 23, 1933, in 1965 it was reabsorbed into Berkeley.

Berkeley and nearby Attractions

  • Berkeley Township Historical Museum
  • Charles Waterhouse Museum
  • Ocean County Historical Society Museum
  • Berkeley Island County Park
  • Toms River Seaport Society Museum
  • Double Trouble State Park

Things To Do In Berkeley

While staying at Berkeley, you can visit its historical sites and museum. The town also includes scenic parks, sports complex and theaters. In addition, the town of Berkeley organizes a number of recreational programs and events all over the year.

Berkeley Transportation

Atlantic City International is nearby.

Berkeley Higher Education

Berkeley College is the local college.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Berkeley Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Berkeley Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Berkeley Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Berkeley, New Jersey

Comparing Berkeley 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 3 1
Racial Diversity 1 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 4
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 5
People in Middle Class or Better 7 3
Median Family Income 2 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 6 4
Working at Home 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
People Living Alone 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 10
Affordability of Rents 4 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 7
Low Property Crime 10 6

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Berkeley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Toms River, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Ocean
Standard Zip Codes 08757
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.97
Longitude -74.24

Berkeley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.9 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
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
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Berkeley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 39,991 100%
Male 17,765 44.4%
Female 22,226 55.6%
Under 18 4,558 11.4%
18+ 35,433 88.6%
65+ 20,806 52%
Median Age 66.3
Average Family Size 2.52
White 38,833 97.1%
African-American 519 1.3%
Asian 181 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0%
Other 173 0.4%
Mixed Race 265 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 932 2.3%

Estimated Berkeley Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 42,500
Growth 2,509
Growth % 6.3%

Berkeley 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
Italian 31.2%
Irish 17.2%
German 13.4%
Polish 8.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.1%
English 4.4%
US/American 3.8%
Scottish 1.5%
Ukrainian 1.2%
Hungarian 1.2%
Russian 1.2%
Dutch 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Slovak 0.8%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
European 0.3%
Armenian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
British 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Berkeley Township (08757)

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)
Berkeley 39,991 $40,208
Beachwood 10,375 $64,190
Lakehurst 2,522 $48,833
Manchester 38,928 $43,363
Pine Beach 1,950 $67,404
South Toms River 3,634 $45,375
Toms River 86,327 $62,971
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