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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Toms River, New_Jersey

Toms River is the county seat and largest town in Ocean County, New Jersey.  Although it is a commercial town, many people live here for its access to beaches and boating. Nearby Long Beach Island is one of the finest stretches of beaches anywhere.  The 2009 population is just over 100,000.  Residents of nearby towns like Brick, Manahawkin, and Lakewood tend to come here for shopping or doctor's appointments.  It has a busy downtown thanks to many government buildings, yet it also has a waterfront with easy access to boating and beaches. Photo of Toms River courtesy of Wikipedia and Jimmypitt1234.

Where to Retire in Toms River and Home Prices

Many retirees from New York City and suburban New Jersey are moving here to have their dollars go further and live in a slightly milder climate near the shore. Many active adult and 55+ communities have been built to accommodate them (see link at top left.  The Median home value was $257,445 in early 2021, according to Zillow. Homes on Barnegat Bay Island are much more expensive.

What Is Special about Toms River

A vital downtown and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay make this a great place to live. Ocean County College is a local resource

What Is Not Special about Toms River

New Jersey is not one of the tax friendliest states.

Climate and Physical Environment

Toms River is in Ocean County in southern New Jersey, about 46 miles north of Atlantic City. It is located where the Toms River runs into Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  The average Jan temp is in the low 30s and the average July temp in the mid 70s. Long Beach Island is to the south.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Ocean County College and some small historical attractions contribute to Toms River culture.  The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library is quite large and well funded, in fact it doubled in size in 2006. Downtown Toms River hosts many community events, including festivals and the second largest Halloween parade in the world.


Crime hovers around the national average.

Medical Facilities

Community Memorial Hospital is in Toms River. Numerous rehab facilities and assisted living homes are in the area.


The Garden State Parkway runs through town. Atlantic City Airport is about 46 miles. Newark and Philadelphia airports and trains are easily drivable.

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