Forked River, New Jersey
official_name = Forked River, New Jersey
settlement_type = CDP
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Map of Forked River CDP in Ocean County
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Ocean
area_total_km2 = 26.7
area_land_km2 = 7.5
area_water_km2 = 19.2
area_total_sq_mi = 10.3
area_land_sq_mi = 2.9
area_water_sq_mi = 7.4
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 4914
population_density_km2 = 656.5
population_density_sq_mi = 1700.3
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 4
elevation_ft = 13
latd = 39 |latm = 49 |lats = 33 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 11 |longs = 0 |longEW = W
Forked River (pronounced fork'id river) is a
census-designated placeand 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 is a sign of a new resident. [ [http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:PACB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=0FAA3215810CC50C&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated4&req_dat=11ECDBF131F44C689BB0EDBA11D99EE0 "Say What? : From 'Morris' River to 'R-Kansas' Avenue, Area Residents have own way of speaking."] , " The Press of Atlantic City", April 24, 2003] [ [http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:NYTB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=1019231FB4F39CD5&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated4&req_dat=11ECDBF131F44C689BB0EDBA11D99EE0 "Jerseyana: Where They Don't Speak With Forked Tongue"] , " The New York Times", December 8, 2002.]
Forked River is located at coor dms|39|49|33|N|74|11|0|W|city (39.825842, -74.183422)GR|1.
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 stream that empties into
footnote=source: [cite web
title=Population Finder: Forked River CDP, New Jersey
U.S. Census Bureau
accessdate=2007-03-16] As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 4,914 people, 1,927 households, and 1,383 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 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.
There were 1,927 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,433, and the median income for a family was $59,830. Males had a median income of $46,179 versus $30,987 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $25,696. About 6.3% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
In the News
On October 11, 1989, 3 aides of New York business mogul Donald Trump were killed in a helicopter crash near the Garden State Parkway in Forked River. Five people, including three high-level executives of Donald J. Trump's three casinos in Atlantic City, were killed yesterday when their helicopter crashed in pine woodlands on the Garden State Parkway near Forked River, N.J. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DEEDF163DF932A25753C1A96F948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1] ]
Notable current and former residents of Forked River include:
Christopher J. Connors(1956-), represents the 9th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly. [ [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=4186 Assembly Member Christopher J. Connors] , Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 9, 2007.]
Scott Palguta(1982-), Professional soccer player. [ [http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/stories/111604aac.html "Palguta Named to Men's Soccer All-Ivy Second Team"] , CSTV. November 16, 2004. Accessed October 10, 2007. "It was announced today by the Ivy League offices that Cornell senior defenseman Scott Palguta (Forked River, N.J.) has been given All-Ivy honors, being named to the second team."]
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