Lakehurst, New Jersey
Lakehurst is a Borough
Borough (New Jersey)
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 in Ocean County
Ocean County, New Jersey
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 510,916 people, 200,402 households, and 137,876 families residing in the county. The population density was 803 people per square mile . There were 248,711 housing units at an average density of 151/km²...

, New Jersey
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, United States
United States
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. As of the United States 2010 Census, the borough population was 2,654.

Lakehurst was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature
New Jersey Legislature
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 on April 7, 1921, from portions of Manchester Township
Manchester Township, New Jersey
Manchester Township is a Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The township is noted for containing the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the site of the infamous Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937...

, based on the results of a referendum held on May 24, 1921.


Lakehurst is located at 40.013066°N 74.320390°W (40.013066, -74.320390).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the borough has a total area of 1 square miles (2.6 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square mile (0.258998811 km²) of it (8.91%) is water. The town's lake, Lake Horicon, was created by the WPA in 1942 by means of the construction of the Horicon Dam on the Hurricane and Blacks' branches of the Toms River. The cedar water lake remains stream-fed.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 870 households (662 of which were families of two or more) in the borough making up the total population of 2,522. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,733.9 people per square mile (1,058.4/km2). There were 961 housing units at an average density of 1,041.7 per square mile (403.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.22% White, 7.85% African American, 0.63% Native American, 2.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races
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, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.97% of the population.

There were 870 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples
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 living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,567, and the median income for a family was $48,833. Males had a median income of $35,403 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the borough was $18,390. About 4.4% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


The town of Lakehurst first reached international fame as a winter resort around the turn of the 20th century, following the opening of the Pine Tree Inn in 1898. In 1911, the rope factory in the town burned down, prompting the formation of a volunteer fire department
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The Hindenburg disaster
Hindenburg disaster
The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey...

, occurred on May 6, 1937, the German
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A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century. It was based on designs he had outlined in 1874 and detailed in 1893. His plans were reviewed by committee in 1894 and patented in the United States on 14 March 1899...

LZ 129 Hindenburg
LZ 129 Hindenburg was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume...

arriving from Frankfurt am Main caught fire at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The Hindenburg exploded over portions of Manchester Township
Manchester Township, New Jersey
Manchester Township is a Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The township is noted for containing the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the site of the infamous Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937...

, near Lakehurst. None of the Lakehurst Naval Air Station lies within the Borough of Lakehurst.

Local government

Lakehurst is governed under the Borough
Borough (New Jersey)
A borough in the context of New Jersey local government refers to one of five types and one of eleven forms of municipal government....

 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. 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.

The Mayor
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 of Lakehurst Borough is Timothy Borsetti (R
Republican Party (United States)
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, term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Lakehurst Borough Council are Council President Harry Robbins (R, 2012), James Davis (R, 2012), Pat Ford (R, 2011), Sidney Hooper (R, 2011), Glenn McComas (R, 2013) and Steven Oglesby (R, 2013).

Federal, state and county representation

Lakehurst is in the 4th Congressional district.

Lakehurst is in the


The Lakehurst School District
Lakehurst School District
The Lakehurst School District is a community public school district serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Lakehurst, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States....

 serves students in public school for kindergarten through eighth grade. Lakehurst Elementary School had an enrollment of 487 students in the 2005-06 school year.

Approximately 180 public school students from Lakehurst Borough attend Manchester Township High School
Manchester Township High School
Manchester Township High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Manchester Township in Ocean County, New Jersey and is part of the Manchester Township School District...

 in Manchester Township
Manchester Township, New Jersey
Manchester Township is a Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The township is noted for containing the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the site of the infamous Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937...

, as part of a sending/receiving relationship
Sending/receiving relationship
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 with the Manchester Township School District
Manchester Township School District
The Manchester Township School District is a comprehensive community school district serving approximately 3,200 students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade in Manchester Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States....



New Jersey Route 70 is the main highway through the borough, which lies at the western end of New Jersey Route 37. County Route 547
County Route 547 (New Jersey)
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 connects from the North after paralleling the eastern edge of Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

Lakehurst is located on the former Central Railroad of New Jersey
Central Railroad of New Jersey
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 Southern Division Main Line. The Barnegat Branch formerly extended from Lakehurst through Toms River and Beachwood down to Barnegat.

Lakehurst is being considered as the southern terminus of the planned New Jersey Transit
New Jersey Transit
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 Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex Line, which would closely follow the CNJ line.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Lakehurst include:
  • Thomas Barlow
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     (1896–1983), one of the first professional basketball players and was inducted as a member of the Basketball Hallof Fame in 1981.
  • Rich Croushore
    Rich Croushore
    Richard Steven Croushore is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between and . Listed at 6' 4", 210 lb., Croushore batted and threw right-handed. He was signed by the St...

     (born 1970), former Major League Baseball pitcher.
  • Abel Kiviat
    Abel Kiviat
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     (1892–1991), silver medalist in the men's 1,500 m event at the 1912 Summer Olympics
    1912 Summer Olympics
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  • Juice Newton
    Juice Newton
    Judith Kay "Juice" Newton is an American Pop music and Country singer, songwriter and guitarist...

     (born 1952), Grammy Award
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    -winning American pop music
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     and country
    Country music
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  • Richard Shindell
    Richard Shindell
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     (born 1960), folk singer / songwriter.

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