Ship Bottom, New Jersey

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Ship Bottom is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 1,384. The borough is located on Long Beach Island and borders the Atlantic Ocean.

Ship Bottom was incorporated as the borough of Ship Bottom-Beach Arlington by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 3, 1925, from portions of Long Beach Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 23, 1925. The borough name was shortened to Ship Bottom in 1947.[7]

Ship Bottom is known as the "gateway to Long Beach Island", as Route 72 provides the sole road access from Manahawkin in Stafford Township, ending in Ship Bottom as it crosses Manahawkin Bay via the Manahawkin Bay Bridge (formally known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge).



Ship Bottom is located at 39°38′49″N 74°10′53″W / 39.647060°N 74.181322°W / 39.647060; -74.181322 (39.647060, -74.181322).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2) of it (30.30%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,384 people, 664 households, and 395 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,991.1 people per square mile (763.4/km2). There were 2,218 housing units at an average density of 3,191.0/sq mi (1,223.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.32% White, 0.29% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 1.08% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.78% of the population.

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