Ocean Acres, New Jersey

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Ocean Acres is a census-designated place (CDP) split between Barnegat Township and Stafford Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The population was 13,155 at the 2000 census. The subdivision includes the Ocean Acres Country Club, and is the location for the 98.5 WBBO radio station.



Ocean Acres is approximately a six-square-mile master-planned community of 5,500 lots, located in the northwestern end of Stafford Township and part of Barnegat. It is the newest, and with approximately 13,155 out of 22,532 total residents, the biggest part of both towns. Most of the streets are named after nautical terms.

Ocean Acres was started in the early 1960s, and in its first year, 2,000 lots were sold. Developers used to bus potential buyers to Stafford.

Ocean Acres is home to Southern Ocean County Hospital, a 144-bed hospital that started as a satellite of Burlington County Memorial Hospital and grew as the county grew. Mayor Carl W. Block has lived in Ocean Acres for about 30 years. The golf course at Ocean Acres Country Club was included in Golf Digest's "4,200 Best Places To Play" and was designed by course architect Hal Purdy.

Ocean Acres is still developing. A new section, Ocean Acres Barnegat, which opened in 2006, is being developed by Walters Homes, which has developed a large part of Ocean Acres Stafford in recent years. Lighthouse Development Company is also developing the new Ocean Acres Barnegat. Ocean Acres Barnegat was an area of Ocean Acres that sat vacant for years, but is now being finished.

There is one development, Oaks of Stafford, is not a part of Ocean Acres, although it is located inside of it.


Ocean Acres is located at 39°44′23″N 74°17′03″W / 39.739800°N 74.284106°W / 39.739800; -74.284106 (39.739800, -74.284106).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.4 square kilometres (5.9 sq mi). 15.2 km2 (5.8 mi2) of it is land and 0.2 km2 (0.1 mi2) of it (1.52%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,155 people, 4,683 households, and 3,807 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 868.2/km2 (2,248.0/mi2). There were 4,959 housing units at an average density of 327.3/km2 (847.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.34% White, 1.00% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.77% of the population.

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