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South Toms River, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of South Toms River had a population of 3,806 as of July 1, 2020. 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 39.9421 and longitude -74.2043 in Ocean County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of South Toms River 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.


South Toms River, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 3,806 (100%)
Population in Households 3,806 (100.0%)
Population in Families 3,374 (88.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 3,288
Diversity Index2 70


Median Household Income $67,392
Average Household Income $75,533
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $22,579
Wealth Index5 66


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,208 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 896 (74.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 242 (20.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 70 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $197,842
Average Home Value $244,475
Housing Affordability Index3 157


Total Households 1,138
Average Household Size 3.34
Family Households 937
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.22% 0.35%
Households 0.23% 0.31%
Families 0.19% 0.3%
Median Household Income   0.26%
Per Capita Income   0.91%
Owner Occupied HU   0.55%


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, 2020 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 # 307 44th
Population Density # 209 62nd
Median Household Income # 410 25th
Housing Affordability Index # 447 82nd
Per Capita Income # 521 5th
Diversity Index # 103 81st

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