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Population

The population of Ocean County increased 12.85 percent from 2000 to 2010, rising from 510,916 to 576,567.

Race and Ethnicity

  • White – 85.9 percent
  • Black – 2.9 percent
  • Asian – 1.7 percent
  • Hispanic – 8.3 percent
  • Two or more races – 1.0 percent
  • Other (American Indian & Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders, and some other races) – 0.2 percent

Voting record

Ocean County has 413 election districts, and 66 percent of ballots were cast in the 2012 Election out of its 383,260 registered voters.

Employment by Sector

  • Construction – 8.0 percent
  • Manufacturing – 5.8 percent
  • Retail and wholesale trade – 16.4 percent
  • Transportation and utilities – 5.2 percent
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate – 7.0 percent
  • Professional and technical services – 10.0 percent
  • Education and health care – 27.2 percent
  • Arts, entertainment, and accommodation – 7.9 percent
  • Public administration – 5.4 percent
  • Other services – 8.2 percent

Unemployment Rate

Ocean County’s unemployment rate more than doubled from 2007 until 2012, going from 4.6 percent to 10.1. The rate spiked between 2008 until 2009 (from 6.0 in 2008 to 9.5 percent in 2009) as did New Jersey and the national trends. Ocean County’s unemployment rate was nearly the same as New Jersey (4.5 percent in 2005 and 9.3 percent in 2012).

Poverty Rate

The poverty rate in Ocean County has gone up and down, but has increased gradually, going from 5.7 percent in 2005 and to 7.2 percent in 2012. Ocean County’s poverty rate always stayed much lower that of New Jersey (8.7 percent in 2005 and 10.8 percent in 2012).

Median Household Income (in current dollars)

The median household income for Ocean County started at $52,065 in 2005 and increased slightly to $59,312 by 2012. It always stayed about $10,000 below the median household income in New Jersey ($61,672 in 2005 and $69,667 in 2012), which never fell below $60,000 in that span.

Median Housing Price (in current dollars)

The median housing price in Ocean County started at $279,900 in 2005, raised to $310,800 a year later, but then fell all the way down to $262,700 in 2012. The price in New Jersey remained higher, following a similar pattern, but starting at $333,900 in 2005, rising to $372,300 in 2007, and falling to $311,600 in 2012.

Housing Occupancy

As of 2012, there are 279,564 housing units in Ocean County, 65 percent of which are owner-occupied, 15 percent are renter-occupied, and 20 percent are vacant.