Introduction to Brick, New Jersey

Brick, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 46 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. Brick Township is part of the New York Metro area. It's situated on the mainland, however Beaches I, II and III are located on the Barnegat Peninsula which separates the bay and the Atlantic ocean. In 2006 Brick was named "America's Safest City," out of the 371 cities included in a nationwide study by Morgan Quinto. It has been recognized as a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Society.

Brick is conveniently located near the prominent attractions in Ocean County. The health care industry is the major employer for the county. Tourism, especially during the summer, is a major factor for the area's economy. The region has experienced significant population growth, however it still maintains a large amount of protected open space. A large number of the housing areas are located near rivers, the ocean, Barnegat Bay and lagoons. The township was given its name by Joseph W. Brick, the former owner of an iron works.

Brick History

The Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. During the early days, the economy was primarily based on fishing and agriculture. Brick was incorporated in 1850. Towards the end of the 1800's and the early 1900's the New Jersey Shore was becoming a popular resort area and the tourism industry became the primary factor for the economy while agriculture declined.

During the 1950's the population increased due to people relocating from the regions's big cities. The completion of the Garden State Parkway in 1954 provided residents with the opportunity to live in Brick and commute to their jobs in New York City.

Brick and Nearby Attractions

  • Garden State Philharmonic.
  • Havens Homestead.
  • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Barnegat Light State Park features one of the tallest lighthouses in the country.
  • Tuckerton Seaport is a replica of an old maritime village.
  • Six Flags Great Adventure is close by.

Brick Activities and Recreation

Brick features three beautiful beaches situated along the Barnegat Peninsula. Visitors often stay for the weekend during the summer months. Brick features numerous hotels, motels and B&B's for tourists and many specialty shops. The city is a popular location for Italian cuisine. The Seaside Heights/Seaside Park boardwalk features a large number of rides, unique shops and numerous restaurants and is popular with young people.

The Meadowlands Arena is approximately 45 minutes away. Sandy Hook Park and the beautiful Island Beach State Park which is undeveloped and full of wildlife are close by. The area west of the Garden State Parkway includes state parks and forest lands.

Brick Transportation

The Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike are easily accessible. Nearby bus and train transportation centers take residents to New York City Port Authority and Wall Street.

Brick Higher Education

Georgian Court University and Ocean County College are nearby.


Total Population 74,991
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 35,977
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $45,270
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,842
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,796


Median Family Income $87,212
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 28.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,260
Median House Value $272,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.5%
Irish 26.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brick Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 46 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Ocean
Standard Zip Codes 08723, 08724
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.06
Longitude -74.11

Brick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.5 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 15.4 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 27.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bricktown (08723, 08724)

Osbornsville (08723)

Wall Township (08724)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay Head 992 $131,806
Brielle 4,769 $142,868
Lakewood 96,575 $42,423
Manasquan 5,830 $114,286
Mantoloking 340 $148,750
Point Pleasant Beach 4,604 $100,438

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brick Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(732) 840-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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