Barnegat Light, New Jersey

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Barnegat Light is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 764. The borough borders the Atlantic Ocean on Long Beach Island and is home to Barnegat Lighthouse.

Barnegat Light was formed as a Borough by the New Jersey Legislature on November 2, 1948, to replace Barnegat City borough, which in turn had been created on March 29, 1904, from portions of Long Beach Township.[7]



Barnegat Light is located at 39°45′07″N 74°06′39″W / 39.751960°N 74.110745°W / 39.751960; -74.110745 (39.751960, −74.110745).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km2), of which 0.7 square miles (1.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) (16.28%) is water.


Early history

The area surrounding the Barnegat Bay and Barnegat Inlet were described by Henry Hudson, in 1609, as "...a great lake of water, as we could judge it to be ... The mouth of the lake hath many shoals, and the sea breaketh on them as it is cast out of the mouth of it." The name of the existing town was obtained from the Bay and Inlet, which were originally named in 1614 "Barendegat," or "Inlet of the Breakers," by Dutch settlers, referring to the waterway's turbulent channel.[9]

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