Ocean County is located in east-central New Jersey. The County Seat is Toms River Township and the largest city is Lakewood Township. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 586,301 and the 2010 census population was 576,565. The land area is 628.78 square miles and there are 917 persons per square mile.
93% of the population is White, 3.5% is Black or African American, 8.8% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.9% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.3% is two or more races. 89.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 25.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $268,100, there are 221,774 households, an average of 2.58 persons per household. The per capita income is $30,477, the median household income is $61,136, and 10.4% of the persons in Ocean County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 45,546. Retail sales (in $1000) were $7,307,436, and sales per capita were $12,922. The percentage of black-owned firms is 2.2%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 25.6%.
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