South Toms River, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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South Toms River, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of South Toms River had a population of 3,739 as of July 1, 2016. South Toms River ranks in the upper 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 South Toms River is located at latitude 39.9414 and longitude -74.2097 in Ocean County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of South Toms River (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Ocean County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 26 feet.

The Borough of South Toms River (GNIS ID: 885404) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Toms River population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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South Toms River, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,739
Population in Households 3,739
Population in Familes 3,315
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 3,189
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 1,113
Average Household Size 3.36
Family Households 918
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 1,186 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 853 (71.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 260 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 73 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $199,104
Average Home Value $230,803


Median Household Income $56,679
Average Household Income $63,582
Per Capita Income $18,927
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.24% 0.42%
Households 0.22% 0.32%
Families 0.19% 0.3%
Median Household Income   -0.02%
Per Capita Income   1.0%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

South Toms River, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Toms River to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 310 43rd
Population Density1 # 214 61st
Diversity Index2 # 96 83rd
Median Household Income # 426 22nd
Per Capita Income # 528 3rd

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