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The 2000 Census showed that Ocean County had a population of 510,916 people. This represented 6.07% of the total population of New Jersey, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 21 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Ocean had a population of 573,678 people. This is an increase of 12.28% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010576,567+12.85%+0.5% since 2009
2009573,678+12.28%+0.7% since 2008
2008569,662+11.5%+0.73% since 2007
2007565,525+10.69%+0.67% since 2006
2006561,748+9.95%+0.94% since 2005
2005556,525+8.93%+0.86% since 2004
2004551,798+8%+1.16% since 2003
2003545,479+6.76%+1.65% since 2002
2002536,601+5.03%+2.46% since 2001
2001523,696+2.5%+2.5% since 2000
2000510,916The Last Census

Ocean County had 248,711 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Ocean County has a total area<3> of 915 square miles [2,372 km²]. Of this total, 636 square miles [1,647 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (30.53%) being water (279.6 square miles [724 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Ocean County had a population density of 802 people per square mile [310 people/km²], making it the state's 12th most densely populated county (out of 21 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Ocean County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Ocean and the state of New Jersey.

Click here for the Ocean County QuickFact (QF-34029).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Ocean County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AtlanticQF-34001   SW271,712252,5527.59%
BurlingtonQF-34005   W446,108423,3945.36%
MonmouthQF-34025   N644,105615,3014.68%

The Atlantic Ocean lies to the east.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Ocean. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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