Lakewood, New Jersey

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Lakewood, New Jersey

Introduction to Lakewood, New Jersey

Lakewood, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 44 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. The city is a major center for Orthodox Judaism and includes one of the largest yeshivas in the world. The historic downtown is a prominent business and retail area. The industrial parks are important for the city's economy.

Lakewood History

Settlers arrived during the time of the American Revolution. In 1832 Bergen Iron Works was established and was a major employer for the city. The settlement actually became known as Bergen Iron Works however, the name was later changed to Bricksburgh. In 1865 the impressive Bricksburgh House was built and hosted prominent families such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Goulds, Arbuckles and others. Oliver Wendell Holmes and Rudyard Kipling visited the House. Around 1880 the citizens voted to change the name to Lakewood.

Numerous resort facilities were constructed and it became a well known resort town. Impressive homes were also built in the area. In 1893 the Township of Lakewood was established. The population experienced significant growth after World War I ended. The population would swell during winter due to the arrival of a vast number of tourists. In 1943 Rabbi Aaron Kotler established a yeshiva in Lakewood and it became a world class institution.

Lakewood Attractions

  • Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum is situated at Georgian Court University and features a variety of gardens.
  • Lakewood Blue Claws play minor league baseball.
  • M. Christina Geis Gallery.
  • The Strand Theater is a beautiful historic venue which features well known performers, concerts and theatrical productions and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Ocean County Park.
  • Lions Medieval Renaissance Festival.
  • Big Band/Jazz Music Spectacular is a popular event.
  • Summer Carousel of Music.
  • Kid's Stuff Flea Market.
  • Funtasia Festival is popular with children.
  • Lakewood Amphitheater.

Lakewood Activities

Lake Carasaljo is popular for swimming, fishing, picnics and bicycle riding. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the local courses including Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Woodlake Golf & Country Club and the Lakewood Country Club. The Lakewood Incline is a popular indoor skate park. Pine Park is enjoyed for camping and includes a variety of sports facilities. The city features exercise and bicycle trails.

Lakewood Higher Education

The city is home to the Georgian Court University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Lakewood Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Lakewood, New Jersey

Comparing Lakewood 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Racial Diversity 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 4 1
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Age of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 4
Median Family Income 4 1
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1
People Above Poverty 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 8
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 7
People Living Alone 6 8
Affordability of Rents 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 3
Low Violent Crime 5 2

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Lakewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 44 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Ocean
Standard Zip Codes 08701
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.097
Longitude -74.218

Lakewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Distance 10.2 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 16.4 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
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Lakewood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 60,352 100%
Male 28,845 47.8%
Female 31,507 52.2%
Under 18 19,186 31.8%
18+ 41,166 68.2%
65+ 11,429 18.9%
Median Age 30.6
Average Family Size 3.64
White 47,542 78.8%
African-American 7,270 12%
Asian 836 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 105 0.2%
Other 2,783 4.6%
Mixed Race 1,797 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8,935 14.8%

Estimated Lakewood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 68,834
Growth 8,482
Growth % 14.1%

Lakewood 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) 39%
Italian 11.5%
Irish 8.1%
German 6.6%
US/American 6.6%
Polish 6.2%
English 2.9%
Russian 2.6%
Hungarian 2.3%
European 1.4%
Eastern European 1.1%
Jamaican 0.9%
African 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
Israeli 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Estonian 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
British 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Syrian 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lakewood 60,352 $43,806
Bay Head 1,238 $93,055
Brick 76,119 $61,446
Farmingdale 1,587 $59,625
Howell 48,903 $74,623
Jackson 42,816 $71,045
Lakehurst 2,522 $48,833

Lakewood Hospitals

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(732) 363-1900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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The Laurel House c1901.

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The Laurel House c1901.

The Laurel House c1901.

The gardens (Georgian Court) ca. 1900

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