Ocean Gate, New Jersey

Ocean Gate, New Jersey
Ocean Gate, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of Ocean Gate in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ocean Gate, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°55′34″N 74°08′04″W / 39.92611°N 74.13444°W / 39.92611; -74.13444Coordinates: 39°55′34″N 74°08′04″W / 39.92611°N 74.13444°W / 39.92611; -74.13444
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Ocean
Incorporated February 28, 1918
 – Type Borough (New Jersey)
 – Mayor Paul J. Kennedy (2010)
 – Total 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 – Land 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[2] 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 – Total 2,011
 – Density 4,749.0/sq mi (1,833.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08740
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 34-54450[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0878938[6]

Ocean Gate is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the borough population was 2,011.

Ocean Gate was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 28, 1918, from portions of Berkeley Township. An additional portion of Berkeley Township was annexed on February 28, 1953.[7]



Ocean Gate is located at 39°55′35″N 74°08′05″W / 39.926268°N 74.134653°W / 39.926268; -74.134653 (39.926268, -74.134653).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 174
1940 242 39.1%
1950 452 86.8%
1960 706 * 56.2%
1970 1,081 53.1%
1980 1,385 28.1%
1990 2,078 50.0%
2000 2,076 −0.1%
2010 2,011 −3.1%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]
* gained territory

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,076 people, 832 households, and 546 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,749.0 people per square mile (1,821.7/km2). There were 1,152 housing units at an average density of 2,635.3 per square mile (1,010.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.53% White, 0.96% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population.

There were 832 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $41,067, and the median income for a family was $50,847. Males had a median income of $33,558 versus $30,919 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,239. About 7.6% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Ocean Gate is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government by a mayor and a six-member borough council, all elected on a partisan basis. The mayor is directly elected by the voters to serve a four-year term of office. Borough council members serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1]

The Mayor of Ocean Gate is Paul J. Kennedy (R, term ends December 31, 2014). Members of the Borough Council are Richard Russell (R, 2011) , Anthony DiGironimo (R, 2011), Dave Kendrick (R, 2012), Brian DiStefano (R, 2012), Joella Nicastro (R, 2013) and Charlie Mailot (R, 2013).[10]

Federal, state and county representation

Ocean Gate is in the 3rd Congressional district. New Jersey's Third Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Ocean Gate is in the 9th district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township).[11]

Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected at large in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Ocean County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (Toms River, term ends December 31, 2011), Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little (Surf City, 2012), John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Pine Beach, 2012), John P. Kelly (Eagleswood Township, 2010) and James F. Lacey (Brick Township, 2013).[12][13]


The Ocean Gate School District is a public school district that serves students in grades K-6 at Ocean Gate Elementary School. As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 162 students.[14]

Public school students in grades 7 through 12 attend the schools of the Central Regional School District, which serves students from Ocean gate and from the municipalities of Berkeley Township, Island Heights, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.[15] The total student population in the district is approximately 2,400, instructed by 200 staff members. The schools in the district are Central Regional Middle School for grades 7 and 8 (833 students), and Central Regional High School for grades 9 - 12 (1,494 students).

Noted residents

  • Rob Beaton: Guinness World Record holder ("Most Eggs Held in the Hand" - 17, "Most Grains of Rice Eaten with Chopsticks in 3 Minutes" - 78).[16][17]


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, p. 49.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Ocean Gate, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ http://php.app.com/census/results2.php?pageNum_Recordset1=1&totalRows_Recordset1=34&State=NJ&County=Ocean&Town=%25&Submit=Search
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 204.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ 2008 Elected Officials of Ocean County, Ocean County, New Jersey. p. 7-8. Accessed April 22, 2008.
  11. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  12. ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  13. ^ 2011 Organization Comments by Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  14. ^ Data for the Ocean Gate Elementary School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 22, 2008.
  15. ^ Central Regional School District 2007 School Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 22, 2008. "The Central Regional School District is located in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township and draws from the constituent districts of Berkeley Township, Island Heights, Ocean Gate, Seaside Heights, and Seaside Park."
  16. ^ Egg holder breaks Guinness world record, Home News Tribune by Fraidy Reiss, February 28, 2007
  17. ^ Ocean Gate man holds two Guinness world records, Asbury Park Press by Chelsea Michels, November 17, 2008

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