Ocean County, NJ

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2022 Population
638,691
1.37% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Menendez
Democratic Party
US Senator
Cory Booker
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
41.8
0.476% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
10.5%
0.139% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$82,379
7.48% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$343,500
15% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
276,387
1.14% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ocean County, NJ had a population of 639k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $82,379. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ocean County, NJ grew from 630,057 to 638,691, a 1.37% increase and its median household income grew from $76,644 to $82,379, a 7.48% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ocean County, NJ are White (Non-Hispanic) (83.1%), White (Hispanic) (3.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.84%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.76%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.55%).

None of the households in Ocean County, NJ reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.2% of the residents in Ocean County, NJ are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ocean County, NJ are Ocean County College (1,466 degrees awarded in 2022), Beth Medrash Govoha (1,225 degrees), and Georgian Court University (670 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Ocean County, NJ was $343,500, and the homeownership rate was 79.9%.

Most people in Ocean County, NJ drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Ocean County, NJ was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Ocean County, NJ is home to a population of 639k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.73% of Ocean County, NJ residents were born outside of the country (49.3k people).

In 2022, there were 21.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (531k people) in Ocean County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 24.9k White (Hispanic) and 18.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.2%
2022 Citizenship
97.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.2% of Ocean County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ocean County, NJ was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ocean County, NJ
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    531k ± 1.32k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    24.9k ± 2.06k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    18.1k ± 739
9.71%
Hispanic Population
62k people

In 2022, there were 21.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (531k people) in Ocean County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 24.9k White (Hispanic) and 18.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.71% of the people in Ocean County, NJ are hispanic (62k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    273,669 ± 12,652 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    204,992 ± 10,992 people
  3. Mexico
    104,320 ± 7,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Jersey was India, the natal country of 273,669 New Jersey residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 204,992 and Mexico with 104,320.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.73%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
49.3k people
7.77%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
48.9k people

As of 2022, 7.73% of Ocean County, NJ residents (49.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ocean County, NJ was 7.77%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    13,640 ± 749
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,778 ± 616
  3. Korea
    3,424 ± 433

Ocean County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ocean County, NJ employs 276k people. The largest industries in Ocean County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (43,617 people), Retail Trade (36,018 people), and Educational Services (35,414 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($105,805), Public Administration ($87,714), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($87,000).

Males in New Jersey have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $77,965. The income inequality in New Jersey (measured using the Gini index) is 0.489, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

276k
2022 Value
± 4,346
1.14%
1 Year growth
± 2.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ocean County, NJ grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 273k employees to 276k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ocean County, NJ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,792 people), Sales & Related Occupations (31,322 people), and Management Occupations (29,757 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

276k
2022 Value
± 4,346
1.14%
1 Year growth
± 2.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ocean County, NJ grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 273k employees to 276k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ocean County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (43,617 people), Retail Trade (36,018 people), and Educational Services (35,414 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ocean County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Ocean County, NJ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$60,987
Median earning men ± $2,022
$39,636
Median earning women ± $1,188

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($100,355), Public Administration ($99,764), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($95,968).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($61,907), Information ($61,437), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,629).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.27%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.24M people employed in New Jersey. This represents a 2.27% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 16.5%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6,661
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,058
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 2,463
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ocean County, NJ went to Donald J. Trump with 63.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.723%).

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are the senators currently representing the state of New Jersey. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Jersey is currently represented by 12 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New Jersey

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Bob Menendez
Senator from New Jersey1
Assumed office on January 17, 2006
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jon Corzine, who was elected Governor of New Jersey.
Cory Booker
Senator from New Jersey2
Assumed office on October 31, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Jeffrey Chiesa, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are the senators currently representing New Jersey.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New Jersey

New Jersey is currently represented by 12 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ocean County, NJ awarded 4,036 degrees. The student population of Ocean County, NJ in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 13,412 male students and 6,263 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ocean County, NJ are White (3,237 and 81%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (377 and 9.44%), Black or African American (136 and 3.41%), and Unknown (111 and 2.78%).

The largest universities in Ocean County, NJ by number of degrees awarded are Ocean County College (1,466 and 36.3%), Beth Medrash Govoha (1,225 and 30.4%), and Georgian Court University (670 and 16.6%).

The most popular majors in Ocean County, NJ are Talmudic Studies (1,483 and 36.7%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (461 and 11.4%), and General Studies (442 and 11%).

The median tuition cost in Ocean County, NJ for private four year colleges is $11,405.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Ocean County, NJ, the percentage of applicants admitted was 69.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 33.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 19,675 (68.2% men and 31.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 19,675 students enrolled in Ocean County, NJ, 68.2% men and 31.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 15,785 records, of which 25.2% were women and 74.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 442 degrees awarded
  2. 195 degrees awarded
  3. 461 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Ocean County, NJ was General Studies with 442 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Ocean County, NJ according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,466 degrees awarded
  2. 1,225 degrees awarded
  3. 670 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ocean County College with 1,466 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,349 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ocean County, NJ, which is 1.39 times more than the 1,687 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,237 degrees mean that there were 8.59 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 377 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($11,750) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($600) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($438) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.15% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.13% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.92M), Bachelors Degree (1.77M), and Some college (1.3M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ocean County, NJ was $343,500 in 2022, which is 1.22 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $298,800 to $343,500, a 15% increase. The homeownership rate in Ocean County, NJ is 79.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ocean County, NJ have an average commute time of 30.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ocean County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ocean County, NJ is $82,379. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ocean County, NJ was Census Tract 7173 with a value of $168,279, followed by Census Tract 7223 and Census Tract 7232, with respective values of $161,587 and $139,113.

In 2022, 19.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ocean County, NJ. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.29%.

Property

$343,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,096
$191,328
Median Property Taxes
±$2,905

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ocean County, NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

79.9%
Homeownership
2022
60.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 79.9% of the housing units in Ocean County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 7173
  2. Census Tract 7223
  3. Census Tract 7232

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ocean County, NJ was Census Tract 7173 with a value of $168,279, followed by Census Tract 7223 and Census Tract 7232, with respective values of $161,587 and $139,113.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ocean County, NJ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$82,379
Median Household Income
± $1,455
239k
Number of Households
± 3,868

In 2022, the median household income of the 239k households in Ocean County, NJ grew to $82,379 from the previous year's value of $76,644.

The following chart displays the households in Ocean County, NJ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ocean County, NJ is from New Jersey.
0.489
2022 Wage GINI in New Jersey
0.49
2021 Wage GINI in New Jersey

In 2022, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.489 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.278% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for New Jersey was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New Jersey in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.93%)
  3. Carpooled (8.14%)

In 2022, 77.6% of workers in Ocean County, NJ drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.93%) and those who carpooled to work (8.14%).

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Commute Time

30.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ocean County, NJ have a longer commute time (30.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.44% of the workforce in Ocean County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 19.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ocean County, NJ. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.29%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ocean County, NJ (66.3k out of 632k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females < 5 and then Males < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ocean County, NJ is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.2% of the children was living in poverty in Ocean County, NJ. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.4%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 99.3 in Ocean County, NJ. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 20.9 per 100,000 population.

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Health

95.5% of the population of Ocean County, NJ has health coverage, with 44.6% on employee plans, 19% on Medicaid, 17.8% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 0.706% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Ocean County, NJ see 2390 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.49% increase from the previous year (2332 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1612 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 565 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,390 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ocean County, NJ

Primary care physicians in Ocean County, NJ see an average of 2,390 patients per year. This represents a 2.49% increase from the previous year (2,332 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ocean County, NJ in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.8% under 18 years, 17.3% between 18 and 34 years, 34.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.49%
Uninsured
44.6%
Employer Coverage
19%
Medicaid
17.8%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
0.706%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ocean County, NJ declined by 6.29% from 4.79% to 4.49%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 30.5 in Ocean County, NJ.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 27.7% in Ocean County, NJ.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.15% in Ocean County, NJ.

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