Manchester, New Jersey

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Manchester, New Jersey

Introduction to Manchester, New Jersey

Manchester, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 6 miles W of Toms River, New Jersey and 44 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. Manchester contains a population of approximately 38,928.

Manchester History

On March 23, 1899, Manchester Township was officially incorporated. Prior to that, the township was a part of the present day Toms River Township. Until April 7, 1921, Manchester Township also included parts of what is now known as Lakehurst. The town was named after Manchester, England.

Manchester and nearby Attractions

  • Lakehurst Historical Society Museum
  • Lebanon State Forest
  • Ocean County Historical Museum
  • Pinelands Paintball Park
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Please Touch Museum

Things To Do In Manchester

In Manchester you can enjoy theater trips along with several outdoor activities. The shopping centers and the restaurants of the town are ideal to hang out with friends. Each June, the town celebrates Manchester Day.

Manchester Transportation

International air transportation is available from Atlantic City International.

Manchester Higher Education

Burlington County College provides facilities for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Manchester Low Property Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Manchester Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Manchester Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Manchester, New Jersey

Comparing Manchester 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 2 4
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 3
Median Family Income 4 1
College Educated Adults 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 3 3
Public Transportation Use 2 1
Short Commute Times 2 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 8 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 10
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 10 8

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Manchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Toms River, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Ocean
Standard Zip Codes 08733, 08759
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.98
Longitude -74.32

Manchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4 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 5.9 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 23.6 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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Manchester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 38,928 100%
Male 16,459 42.3%
Female 22,469 57.7%
Under 18 4,184 10.7%
18+ 34,744 89.3%
65+ 21,210 54.5%
Median Age 67.7
Average Family Size 2.53
White 36,724 94.3%
African-American 1,190 3.1%
Asian 338 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.1%
Other 267 0.7%
Mixed Race 354 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,024 2.6%

Estimated Manchester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 41,902
Growth 2,974
Growth % 7.6%

Manchester 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 20.9%
Irish 17.7%
German 15.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.4%
English 7.2%
Polish 6.8%
US/American 4.5%
Scottish 1.9%
Russian 1.8%
Dutch 1.7%
Hungarian 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Norwegian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Swedish 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Austrian 0.7%
Slovak 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
British 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
European 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lakehurst Nae (08733)
Manchester Township (08733, 08759)
Whiting (08759)

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)
Manchester 38,928 $43,363
Beachwood 10,375 $64,190
Berkeley 39,991 $40,208
Lacey 25,346 $61,298
Lakehurst 2,522 $48,833
South Toms River 3,634 $45,375
Toms River 86,327 $62,971
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Manchester High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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