Forked River, New Jersey

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Forked River (pronounced fork'id river) is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Lacey Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 4,914.

Many Ocean County residents commonly refer to all of Lacey Township as Forked River with the first word pronounced with two syllables (FOR-ked or FORK-ed). Pronouncing the first word with one syllable (forkt) is a sign of a new resident or outsider.[3][4]



Forked River is located at 39°49′33″N 74°11′00″W / 39.825842°N 74.183422°W / 39.825842; -74.183422.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 26.7 km2 (10.3 mi2). 7.5 km2 (2.9 mi2) of it is land and 19.2 km2 (7.4 mi2) of it (71.97%) is water.

Forked River is located on US Route 9 south of Toms River.

Nearby Forked River is a river that empties into Barnegat Bay.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,914 people, 1,927 households, and 1,383 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 656.5/km2 (1,700.3/mi2). There were 2,468 housing units at an average density of 329.7/km2 (853.9/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.37% White, 0.73% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.83% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.38% of the population.

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