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Overview

Introduction to Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey, in Ocean county, is 51 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . Part of the surrounding Monmouth - Ocean metro area, Toms River is home to some 86,327 residents.

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.

People

Total Population 91,664
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 44,217
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.3%
Median Earnings25+ $46,459
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,804
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,051

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,270
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,357
Median House Value $288,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 24.4%

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

Notes:

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

Station TOMS RIVER
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
Station LONG BRANCH OAKHURST
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
Station TUCKERTON
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 11,127 $81,686
Berkeley 41,591 $65,208
Island Heights 1,710 $87,500
Pine Beach 2,239 $101,875
Seaside Heights 2,899 $33,042
South Toms River 3,722 $67,955

Toms River Public Libraries

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

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Toms River Hospitals

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

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Toms River High Schools

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TOMS RIVER HIGH NORTH
1245 OLD FREEHOLD ROAD
732-505-5702
Serves 2,359 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

TOMS RIVER HIGH EAST
1225 RAIDER WAY
732-505-5666
Serves 1,845 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

TOMS RIVER HIGH SOUTH
55 HYERS STREET
732-505-5738
Serves 1,570 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

TOMS RIVER CENTER
1299 OLD FREEHOLD ROAD
732-473-3100
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

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