Manasquan, New Jersey

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Manasquan is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 6,310.

The borough's name is of Lenni Lenape origin, Man - A - Squaw - Han (stream of the Island of Squaws). Manasquan, Maniquan, Mannisquan, Manasquam, Squan, and Squan Village are variations on the original pronunciation and spelling. The meaning has also been interpreted as "an island with enclosure for squans."[7]

Manasquan was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on December 30, 1887, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.[8]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Manasquan as its 22nd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[9]



Manasquan is located at 40°07′08″N 74°02′41″W / 40.118819°N 74.044743°W / 40.118819; -74.044743 (40.118819, -74.044743).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it (45.45%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,310 people, 2,600 households, and 1,635 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,579.6 people per square mile (1,765.4/km2). There were 3,531 housing units at an average density of 2,562.7/sq mi (987.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.89% White, 0.41% Black, 0.11% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.48% of the population.

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