Introduction to Lacey, New Jersey

Lacey, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 7 miles SW of Toms River, New Jersey and 46 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is located in the Monmouth - Ocean metropolitan area. Lacey has a population of 25,346.

Lacey History

This township was named in honor of Continental Army general John Lacey. It was officially incorporated in March of 1871. General Lacy and his son Thomas contributed significantly in the development of this town, beginning with the development of the Ferrago Forge in Cedar creek. The General also built a road connecting Ferrago forge and Dover Forge.

Lacey and nearby Attractions

  • Lacey Township Skate Park
  • Bamber Park
  • Lake Barnegat Park
  • Cedar Creek Beach
  • Deerhead Lake Beach
  • Double Trouble State Park

Things To Do In Lacey

The skate park of Lacey provides facilities for inline skating and skateboarding. There are a number of beaches and parks which have been designed for a variety of activities. One can play soccer, softball, basketball and tennis in the athletic fields and courts and swim in the beaches.

Lacey Transportation

Atlantic City International is the nearest major airport.

Lacey Higher Education

Ocean County College offers facilities for higher education.


Total Population 27,889
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 13,481
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 52.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.7%
Median Earnings25+ $44,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,734
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,727


Median Family Income $83,592
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,327
Median House Value $274,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.5%
Irish 26.9%

Lacey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Toms River, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Ocean
Standard Zip Codes 08731
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.872
Longitude -74.295

Lacey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.8 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 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 30.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beachwood 11,127 $81,686
Berkeley 41,591 $65,208
Manchester 43,222 $61,502
Pine Beach 2,239 $101,875
South Toms River 3,722 $67,955
Toms River 91,664 $85,270
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