Introduction to Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 51 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . It is part of the surrounding Monmouth - Ocean metro area.

Toms River History

It is a common belief that the town of Toms River was named after Thomas Luker, a local ferryman. Originally, it was a part of the Township of Shrewsbury. Toms River was founded in 1768 as Dover Township and was incorporated on February 21, 1798. In 1914, Toms River made an initial attempt to secede from Dover Township, but it as unsuccessful. A second attempt was made in 1926. Though it is still a part of Wider township, the area was renamed Toms River on November 14, 2006.

Toms River and nearby Attractions

  • Ocean County Historical Museum
  • Cattus Island County Park
  • Waterhouse Museum
  • Winding River Park Ice Skating
  • Dover Twp Shelter Cove Beach
  • Insectropolis

Things To Do In Toms River

Toms River offers dinner and sightseeing cruises on the River Lady. In addition, the town also includes public golf courses, parks, museums and ice-skating facilities for its residents and visitors. You can also spend your leisure hours at the shopping centers and movie theaters of Toms River.

Toms River Transportation

The closest major airport is Philadelphia International.

Toms River Higher Education

Ocean County College is the local college.


Total Population 91,029
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 42,165
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 52.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31%
Median Earnings25+ $46,994
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,208
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,554


Median Family Income $86,470
% Above Poverty Level 93.7%
% Below Poverty Level 6.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,325
Median House Value $283,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 26.1%

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

Toms River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 51 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Ocean
Standard Zip Codes 08753, 08755, 08757
P.O. Box Zip Codes 08754, 08756
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.953
Longitude -74.198

Toms River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1 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 24.1 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 25.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Berkeley Township (08757)

Dover Township (08753)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beachwood 11,128 $77,944
Berkeley 41,480 $64,518
Island Heights 1,640 $84,028
Pine Beach 2,175 $106,413
Seaside Heights 2,885 $33,900
South Toms River 3,706 $68,357

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

Toms River Public Libraries

Ocean County Library
Toms River, New Jersey
(732) 349-6200
Library Web Site

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Toms River Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
99 RT 37 WEST
(732) 557-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,359 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

Serves 1,845 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

Serves 1,570 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

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