Profile for Toms River, New Jersey, NJ
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Toms River is in Ocean County, in the New York metro area.
It is the county seat.
One tradition says the community was named for Thomas Luker, who operated a ferry across Goose Creek in the 1600s. Another says it was named for Capt. William Tom (or Toms)
The latitude of Toms River is 39.953N. The longitude is -74.198W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 92,326.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Toms River demographic reports
Toms River is at the edge of the Pine Barrens
18th-century pirates based operations here, attacking passing ships
The region suffered serious pollution from chemical processing from the 1950s to the 1990s
Toms River received national attention for 1984 murder of Maria Marshall, depicted in Joe McGinnis's book, "Blind Faith"
Filming location for:
· 1979 movie, "The Amityville Horror"
· 1998 movie, "The X Files"
Local festivals include:
- Founders Day - June 2, 2007
- New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival - July 21, 2007
- New Jersey State Pizza, Pasta, & Pastries Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
- Bookfest - Sept. 29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Toms River web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Cattus Island County Park
Historic sites and museums: Ocean County Historical Society Museum, Seaport Society Museum, Charles Waterhouse Museum
Colleges and universities:
Ocean County College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 72
The way you can tell when you've reached Toms River is that all the FM stations you set in the city suddenly
fade from your car radio.
-- Blind Faith
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Ancestry & family history
15% of Toms River residents report German ancestry, and 19% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Toms River ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Toms River was $24,831, compared with $21,587 nationally.
24% of Toms River residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Toms River festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Founders Day - J
- New Jersey State Pizza, Pasta, & Pastries Festival - S
- New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival - J
- Bookfest - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Toms River, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $687. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,415.
Libraries in Toms River include Ocean County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Toms River include Ocean County Observer
Ocean County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Toms River political report.
The average commute time for Toms River workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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“ The way you can tell when you've reached Toms River is that all the FM stations you set in the city suddenly
fade from your car radio. ”
~ Blind Faith
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