Forked River, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Forked River, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Forked River Census Designated Place had a population of 5,015 as of July 1, 2017. Forked River ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forked River is located at latitude 39.797 and longitude -74.1046 in Ocean County. The formal boundaries for the Forked River Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.75 sq. miles and a water area of 7.59 sq. miles. Ocean County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The Forked River Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389100) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Forked River Census Designated Place is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Ocean County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Forked River population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Forked River, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,015
Daytime Population: Workers 2,555
Daytime Population: Residents 2,481
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,036
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.00
Population in Households 4,993
Population in Familes 4,113
Population in Group Qrtrs 22
Population Density2 1,824
Diversity Index3 21


Median Household Income $70,690
Average Household Income $84,628
Per Capita Income $33,857


Total Housing Units 2,610 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,651 (63.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 331 (12.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 628 (24.1%)
Median Home Value $271,622
Average Home Value $326,621


Total Households 1,982
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 1,366
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.61% -0.23%
Households -0.64% -0.28%
Families -0.63% -0.34%
Median Household Income   1.86%
Per Capita Income   2.6%

Forked River, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forked River to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 259 53rd
Population Density # 346 37th
Diversity Index # 441 19th
Median Household Income # 323 41st
Per Capita Income # 349 36th

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