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.


Total Population 96,575
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 27,422
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 53.3%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26%
Median Earnings25+ $23,633
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,874
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,405


Median Family Income $42,423
% Above Poverty Level 67.9%
% Below Poverty Level 32.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 9.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%


People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $1,350
Median House Value $283,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.7%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 4.1%

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay Head 992 $131,806
Brick 74,991 $87,212
Farmingdale 1,434 $76,000
Howell 51,597 $108,053
Jackson 55,851 $100,720
Lakehurst 2,669 $66,494

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

Lakewood Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(732) 363-1900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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Historic Lakewood


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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