Manchester Township, New Jersey

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Manchester Township is a Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The township is noted for containing the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the site of the infamous Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 38,928.

Manchester Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1899, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township). Portions of the township were taken to form Lakehurst on April 7, 1921.[6]

Cedar Glen Lakes (2000 Census population of 1,617), Cedar Glen West (1,376), Crestwood Village (8,392), Leisure Knoll (2,467), Leisure Village West-Pine Lake Park (11,085) and Pine Ridge at Crestwood (2,025) are all census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within Manchester Township.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 82.9 square miles (214.7 km²), of which, 82.6 square miles (213.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.

Manchester's largest development, Pine Lake Park, is best known for its man made lake, Pine Lake, built in the 1970s.[7]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 38,928 people, 20,688 households, and 10,819 families residing in the township. The population density was 471.3 people per square mile (182.0/km²). There were 22,681 housing units at an average density of 274.6/sq mi (106.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.34% White, 3.06% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.

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