Manasquan, New Jersey

Manasquan, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of Manasquan in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Manasquan, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°6′46″N 74°2′11″W / 40.11278°N 74.03639°W / 40.11278; -74.03639Coordinates: 40°6′46″N 74°2′11″W / 40.11278°N 74.03639°W / 40.11278; -74.03639
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated December 30, 1887
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor George Dempsey
 - Administrator Joseph DeIorio[2]
 - Total 2.5 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 - Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 - Water 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
Elevation[3] 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 - Total 5,897
 - Density 2,314.1/sq mi (893.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08736
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 34-43050[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0878065[7]

Manasquan is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 5,897.[4]

The borough's name is of Lenni Lenape origin, Man - A - Squaw - Han (stream of the Island of Squaws). Manasquan, Maniquan, Mannisquan, Manasquam, Squan, and Squan Village are variations on the original pronunciation and spelling. The meaning has also been interpreted as "an island with enclosure for squans."[8]

Manasquan was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on December 30, 1887, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.[9]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Manasquan as its 22nd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[10]



Manasquan is located at 40°07′08″N 74°02′41″W / 40.118819°N 74.044743°W / 40.118819; -74.044743 (40.118819, -74.044743).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 45.45%, is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,310 people, 2,600 households, and 1,635 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,579.6 people per square mile (1,765.4/km2). There were 3,531 housing units at an average density of 2,562.7 per square mile (987.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.89% White, 0.41% Black, 0.11% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.48% of the population.

There were 2,600 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $63,079, and the median income for a family was $73,670. Males had a median income of $52,368 versus $33,333 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,898. About 2.2% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 2,320
1940 2,340 0.9%
1950 3,178 35.8%
1960 4,022 26.6%
1970 4,971 23.6%
1980 5,354 7.7%
1990 5,369 0.3%
2000 6,310 17.5%
2010 5,897 −6.5%
Population 1930 - 1990.[12]


Manasquan Borough Hall, at the intersection of Main Street and Union Avenue

Manasquan is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1]

As of 2011, the Mayor of the Borough of Manasquan is George Dempsey. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Jeff Lee, Patricia Connolly, Edward Donovan, Donald Grasso, Joseph Lucas and Owen McCarthy.[13]

Federal, state, and county representation

Manasquan is in the 4th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 10th state legislative district.[14]

New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

10th district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Andrew R. Ciesla (R, Brick Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by James W. Holzapfel (R, Toms River) and David W. Wolfe (R, Brick Township).[15] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[16] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[17]

Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats up for election each year. [18] As of 2011, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton (R, Matawan; term ends December 31, 2013)[19], Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley (R, Red Bank; 2012)[20], Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2013), Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; 2011)[21] and Amy A. Mallet (D, Fair Haven, 2011).[22][23][24]


The Manasquan Boardwalk is largely quiet after Labor Day, as seen in this comparative shot facing north, taken in mid-July (left) and late September (right).

Due to its location bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the population of Manasquan increases dramatically in the summer months as tourists flock to the beach.

The Manasquan Inlet provides surfers with waves that are corralled, refracted and enlarged by the jetty protruding out into the Atlantic Ocean. The Manasquan Inlet is the northern terminus of the inland portion of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Manasquan has a downtown area with many small businesses. Algonquin Arts Theatre has shows and movies that play throughout the year. It is a historic 540-seat theatre, built in 1938 as a movie house but converted to a professional live performance space in 1992.

Manasquan is a year-round community, a fact stemming from the increase in the demolition of traditional beach bungalows and their replacement with family dwellings. The decrease in tourism and rise in residency can be attributed to the decline of once popular tourist destinations. Manasquan no longer has a 24-hour diner or a miniature golf course, and has lost many of the bars once located in its borders.

During the summer months, the local bar and party scene overwhelm the area between Brielle Road and Main Street from the bridges to the ocean, especially with local bars - Leggetts and The Osprey - contributing greatly to the amount of party goers in the town.

The Firemans' Fair occurs every July/August.

Manasquan is home to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the world.[25]


Commuter rail New Jersey Transit has a station in Manasquan on the North Jersey Coast Line. Passengers can travel south to Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head or north to points such as Belmar, Long Branch, Newark, Hoboken Terminal and Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.

The Garden State Parkway is the nearest major highway. Route 71 runs through the town.


The Manasquan Public Schools serve students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2008-09 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[26]) are Manasquan Elementary School with 695 students in grades K-8 and Manasquan High School with 1,032 students in grades 9-12. In addition to students from Manasquan, the district's high school serves public school students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts.[27][28] Manasquan Public Schools are across from each other on Broad Street.



  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 53.
  2. ^ Administrator, Borough of Manasquan. Accessed May 12, 2011.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Manasquan, Geographic Names Information System, accessed October 2, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Manasquan borough, New Jersey". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ A Brief History of Manasquan New Jersey, accessed February 20, 2006
  9. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 182.
  10. ^ "Best Places To Live - The Complete Top Towns List 1-100", New Jersey Monthly, February 21, 2008. Accessed February 24, 2008.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  13. ^ Manasquan Government, Borough of Manasquan. Accessed May 12, 2011.
  14. ^ 2010 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 60, Accessed May 12, 2011.
  15. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  16. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  17. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  18. ^ Monmouth County Government, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  19. ^ Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  20. ^ Deputy Director Freeholder John P. Curley, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  21. ^ Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  22. ^ Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  23. ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  24. ^ Rizzo, Nina. "Monmouth County freeholders sworn into office", Asbury Park Press, January 6, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  25. ^ CFA Official website - accessed November 22, 2008.
  26. ^ Manasquan Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 12, 2011.
  27. ^ How to register a new student at Manasquan High School, Manasquan High School. Accessed December 23, 2009. "Manasquan High School serves 8 different communities/sending districts. These include Manasquan, Avon, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights."
  28. ^ Manasquan Public Schools 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 12, 2011. "Manasquan High School receives students from eight different districts; Avon, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights. Including our Manasquan students, the high school population is just over one-thousand."

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