Ocean County, NJ

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Population

601,651

0.62% growth

Poverty Rate

10.9%


Median Age

42.7


Median Household Income

$68,551

3.56% decline

Number of Employees

263,534

0.282% growth

Median Property Value

$285,200

2% growth

About

In 2018, Ocean County, NJ had a population of 602k people with a median age of 42.7 and a median household income of $68,551. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Ocean County, NJ grew from 597,943 to 601,651, a 0.62% increase and its median household income declined from $71,081 to $68,551, a -3.56% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ocean County, NJ are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.3%), White (Hispanic) (6.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.8%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (2.17%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.91%). N/A% of the people in Ocean County, NJ speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ocean County, NJ are Ocean County College (1,562 degrees awarded in 2017), Beth Medrash Govoha (1,095 degrees), and Georgian Court University (632 degrees).

The median property value in Ocean County, NJ is $285,200, and the homeownership rate is 80%. Most people in Ocean County, NJ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29 minutes. The average car ownership in Ocean County, NJ is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Ocean County, NJ employs 264k people. The largest industries in Ocean County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,067 people), Retail Trade (32,541 people), and Educational Services (30,766 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,483), Public Administration ($75,716), and Information ($75,255).

Median household income in Ocean County, NJ is $68,551. Males in Ocean County, NJ have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,578. The income inequality in Ocean County, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,551

2018 value

± $1,934

-3.56%

1 Year Growth

± 4.84%

Households in Ocean County, NJ have a median annual income of $68,551, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $71,081 in 2017, which represents a -3.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$89,489

Average Male Salary

± $1,731

$65,578

Average Female Salary

± $1,240

In 2018, full-time male employees in New Jersey made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $86,392 ± $3,381

  2. White

    $72,755 ± $1,266

  3. Two or More Races

    $54,823 ± $4,874

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Jersey workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ocean County, NJ is from New Jersey.

0.493

2018 Wage GINI

0.493

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0656% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for New Jersey was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New Jersey in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 7170.01

  2. Census Tract 7223

  3. Census Tract 7136

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ocean County, NJ was Census Tract 7170.01 with a value of $120,694, followed by Census Tract 7223 and Census Tract 7136, with respective values of $116,848 and $113,199.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ocean County, NJ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ocean County, NJ (63.2k out of 582k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females < 5, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    55,736 ± 1,688

  2. Hispanic

    8,843 ± 785

  3. Black

    3,295 ± 492

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ocean County, NJ is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

264k

2018 Value

± 8,457

0.282%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Ocean County, NJ grew at a rate of 0.282%, from 263k employees to 264k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ocean County, NJ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,314 people), Sales & Related Occupations (30,231 people), and Management Occupations (26,290 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,314 people), Sales & Related Occupations (30,231 people), and Management Occupations (26,290 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ocean County, NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.72 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.47 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ocean County, NJ, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($100,830), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,268), and Management Occupations ($73,848).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

264k

2018 Value

± 8,457

0.282%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Ocean County, NJ grew at a rate of 0.282%, from 263k employees to 264k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ocean County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,067 people), Retail Trade (32,541 people), and Educational Services (30,766 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ocean County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Ocean County, NJ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ocean County, NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,067 people), Retail Trade (32,541 people), and Educational Services (30,766 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ocean County, NJ has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.83 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.35 times), and Construction (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ocean County, NJ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($91,483), Public Administration ($75,716), and Information ($75,255).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $55.9B

  2. $42.1B

  3. $38.2B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $55.9B, followed by Electronics ($42.1B) and Mixed freight ($38.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Jersey products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$517B

2020 Value

$734B

Projected 2045 Value

42% growth

In 2020, total outbound New Jersey trade was $517B. This is expected to increase 42% to $734B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Jersey trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $79.3B

  2. $54.2B

  3. $17.9B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $79.3B, followed by Pennsylvania with $54.2B and California and $17.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Jersey shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.2% of the population of Ocean County, NJ has health coverage, with 46.4% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 17.6% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 0.693% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ocean County, NJ was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in Ocean County, NJ see 2230 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.21% increase from the previous year (2140 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1597 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 765 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.1%). Additionally, Cumberland County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,230 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ocean County, NJ see an average of 2,230 patients per year. This represents a 4.21% increase from the previous year (2,140 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ocean County, NJ in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,859

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,081

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,049

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,614

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.84%

Uninsured

46.4%

Employer Coverage

16.9%

Medicaid

17.6%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

0.693%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ocean County, NJ grew by 5.59% from 5.53% to 5.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ocean County, NJ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.1% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 12.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ocean County, NJ is home to a population of 602k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.91% of Ocean County, NJ residents were born outside of the country (47.3k people).

In 2018, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (507k people) in Ocean County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 38.5k White (Hispanic) and 16.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

52

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Ocean County, NJ was 42.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 52. But people in Ocean County, NJ are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Ocean County, NJ residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

47.3k people

7.88%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

46.7k people

As of 2017, 7.91% of Ocean County, NJ residents (47.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ocean County, NJ was 7.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    260,034 ± 12,336 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    194,328 ± 10,704 people

  3. Mexico

    107,599 ± 8,005 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Jersey was India, the natal country of 260,034 New Jersey residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 194,328 and Mexico with 107,599.

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Citizenship

97.6%

2018 Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.6% of Ocean County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Ocean County, NJ was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ocean County, NJ

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    507k ± 478

  2. White (Hispanic)

    38.5k ± 5.52k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    16.9k ± 1.29k

In 2018, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (507k people) in Ocean County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 38.5k White (Hispanic) and 16.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Ocean County, NJ as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    14,202 ± 1,657

  2. Korea

    4,060 ± 862

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,612 ± 1,130

Ocean County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Ocean County, NJ awarded 3,947 degrees. The student population of Ocean County, NJ is skewed towards men, with 11,679 male students and 7,163 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ocean County, NJ are White (3,193 and 81.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (272 and 6.97%), Unknown (161 and 4.13%), and Black or African American (160 and 4.1%).

The largest universities in Ocean County, NJ by number of degrees awarded are Ocean County College (1,562 and 39.6%), Beth Medrash Govoha (1,095 and 27.7%), and Georgian Court University (632 and 16%).

The most popular majors in Ocean County, NJ are Talmudic Studies (1,144 and 29%), General Studies (614 and 15.6%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (526 and 13.3%).

The median tuition costs in Ocean County, NJ are $9,500 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 128 degrees awarded

  2. 614 degrees awarded

  3. 526 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Ocean County, NJ was Registered Nursing with 128 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Ocean County, NJ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,562 degrees awarded

  2. 1,095 degrees awarded

  3. 632 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$9,500

Median Private

In 2017, the Ocean County, NJ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ocean County College with 1,562 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,097

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,850

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,097 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ocean County, NJ, which is 1.13 times more than the 1,850 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Ocean County, NJ by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,193 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    272 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    161 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ocean County, NJ were to White students. These 3,193 degrees mean that there were 11.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 272 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ocean County, NJ was $285,200 in 2018, which is 1.24 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $279,600 to $285,200, a 2% increase. The homeownership rate in Ocean County, NJ is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ocean County, NJ have an average commute time of 29 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ocean County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$285,200

2018 Median

± $5,060

$279,600

2017 Median

± $5,079

In 2018, the median property value in Ocean County, NJ grew to to $285,200 from the previous year's value of $279,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ocean County, NJ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ocean County, NJ the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$68,551

Median Household Income

± $1,934

229k

Number of Households

± 7,622

In 2018, the median household income of the 229k households in Ocean County, NJ declined from $68,551 from the previous year's value of $71,081.

The following chart displays the households in Ocean County, NJ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ocean County, NJ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ocean County, NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

80%

2018 Homeownership

80%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 80% of the housing units in Ocean County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ocean County, NJ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

29 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ocean County, NJ have a longer commute time (29 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 6.06% of the workforce in Ocean County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.5%

  2. Carpooled

    8.08%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.72%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Ocean County, NJ was Drove Alone (81.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.08%) and those who Worked At Home (5.72%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ocean County, NJ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ocean County, NJ have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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