These N.J. shore towns are about to see their populations explode

These N.J. shore towns are about to see their populations explode

Or they might very well be you, much to the chagrin of the Jersey Shore's year-round residents. Beach season is upon us, and thousands upon thousands will soon begin their annual migration to New Jersey's illustrious white sand beaches.

03 Mayıs 2018 - 21:53

Or they might very well be you, much to the chagrin of the Jersey Shore's year-round residents. 

Beach season is upon us, and thousands upon thousands will soon begin their annual migration to New Jersey's illustrious white sand beaches. 

In many places, this will mean an explosion in population, in some cases several magnitudes above what exists from October to April. NJ Advance Media examined Census data to see which towns and counties see the biggest boost to their population during the summer months, with some caveats you can read about below. 

County by county

To give you a sense of what we're talking about, here's a look at the four counties with ocean-front property and how they've changed in recent years.  

Statewide, about a third of the population in shore communities is seasonal with Cape May leading the pack, at nearly 43 percent.  

Starting from the top

Monmouth County is by far the most residential of New Jersey's shorefront. About 16.5 percent of the population in the towns we analyzed was seasonal. Still, popular destinations like Sea Girt and Spring Lake see more than 20 percent of their population arrive in the summer months.  

It's all in the name

Ocean County has seen the percent of its seasonal population tick up slightly in recent years, from 30 to 33 percent. But Ocean, which fittingly has the longest stretch of land abutting the Atlantic Ocean, has many towns that see their populations at least double if not triple during the summer. 

Long Beach, for example, adds at least 7,000 people during beach season, which makes up more than 70 percent of its population during peak months.


The king of the beach migration

No county sees its population spike more during the summer than Cape May. Nearly 43 percent of its population is around for about half the year, up by about 4 percent since 2010. 

Ocean City's population more than doubles and Avalon's population more than triples during the summer.  


Around the casinos' glittering lights

Atlantic County is a bit different than the rest because so much of its draw is based around Atlantic City, and because of the hotel industry there (motels, hotels and campgrounds are not included in the data). Still, towns like Margate City and Brigantine add thousands of people to their population in the summer.  


What this is and what it isn't (methodology)

To conduct this analysis, NJ Advance Media used Census data showing a town's permanent population and compared it to the year-round mean, or average, population. The latter gives us a look at how the population changes when rental homes and seasonal homes are occupied during the summer months.  

It is not a complete picture. The Census data does not account for hotels, motels and campgrounds. With those included, the seasonal population at any point in the summer would almost certainly be higher. Also, the Census data is an estimate and not based on the actual count every decade, so actual figures may vary. There also weren't figures for every municipality available.  

Keep reading for the top 10 Jersey Shore population boom towns in the summer: 




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