|Allenhurst, New Jersey|
|Borough of Allenhurst|
The old Allenhurst Railroad Station
Map of Allenhurst in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Allenhurst, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 26, 1897|
|Named for||Abner Allen|
|• Type||Walsh Act|
|• Body||Board of Commissioners|
|• Mayor||David J. McLaughlin (term ends May 1, 2020)|
|• Administrator / Clerk||Lori L. Osborn|
|• Total||0.283 sq mi (0.733 km2)|
|• Land||0.263 sq mi (0.680 km2)|
|• Water||0.020 sq mi (0.053 km2) 7.21%|
|Area rank||554th of 566 in state
50th of 53 in county
|Elevation||23 ft (7 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2015)||491|
|• Rank||556th of 566 in state
52nd of 53 in county
|• Density||1,887.9/sq mi (728.9/km2)|
|• Density rank||299th of 566 in state
36th of 53 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||732 exchanges: 517, 531, 660, 663|
|GNIS feature ID||0885136|
Allenhurst is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States named for resident Abner Allen and incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 26, 1897, from portions of Ocean Township. As of the 2010 United States Census, Allenhurst had 496 inhabitants, reflecting a decline of 222 (-31%) from the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 5% from the 1990 Census. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Deal Lake to the west, it is within close proximity to New York City and is a stop on the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line. The borough is at the center of a string of wealthy communities between Long Branch and Asbury Park with many historic homes built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2006, Allenhurst ranked 131st in Forbes magazine's list of the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States.
Allenhurst "reflects the history of development from a rural area to a suburb of New York City. In 1895, the 120-acre Allen farm was bought by the Coast Land Improvement Company in order to build an exclusive resort community to attract upper class summer residents. The proximity of Allenhurst to the rail line was significant in the growth and popularity of Allenhurst, allowing residents of New York City easier access to the community."
On April 26, 1897, Allenhurst was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature from portions of Ocean Township. The borough is situated in the center of a string of wealthy communities between Long Branch and Asbury Park. The borough was named for resident Abner Allen.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries many historic homes were built in Victorian, Queen Anne, Italian Renaissance Revival, Tudor Revival, Prairie, Mission Revival, American Craftsman, Shingle, Colonial Revival, Neoclassical and Gothic Revival architectural styles. Local ordinances overseen by an historic preservation commission have ensured the preservation of historical architecture by enforcing strict guidelines for the renovation of older homes.
In 2006, Allenhurst ranked 131st in Forbes magazine's list of the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States. In the magazine's 2012 rankings, the borough was ranked 448th, with a median price of $665,043.
After Hurricane Sandy had devastated the shoreline in October 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 2015 pumped sand onto the beaches, which contained unexploded ordnance in the form of hundreds of fusing components for World War I-era artillery. From December 2016 until March 2017, USACE Baltimore District specialists in munitions and explosives removed 362 chap-stick-sized potentially live pieces, mostly boosters, which had most likely been disposed of as excess after WWI, and are not uncommon at Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit. "Not only was Fort Hancock an active military base until 1974, but also the proving ground of the U.S. Army from 1874 until 1919."
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.283 square miles (0.733 km2), including 0.263 square miles (0.680 km2) of land and 0.020 square miles (0.053 km2) of water (7.21%).
The borough borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east,Deal Lake to the west, and is within close proximity to New York City. Neighbour Monmouth County communities are Deal, Interlaken, Loch Arbour and Ocean Township.
The beachfront is characterized by two groins, known to locals as "Crackup" and "The L". "The L" was featured in Scuba Diving magazine as one of New Jersey's premier shore diving locations.
Deal Lake covers 158 acres (64 ha) , overseen by the Deal Lake Commission, established in 1974. Seven municipalities border the lake, accounting for 27 miles (43 km) of shoreline, also including Asbury Park, Deal, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Neptune Township and Ocean Township.
|Population sources: 1900-1920
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 718 people, 285 households, and 188 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,750.6 people per square mile (1,066.2/km2). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 1,417.4 per square mile (549.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.35% White, 0.84% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.
There were 285 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the borough the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $85,000, and the median income for a family was $109,180. Males had a median income of $70,625 versus $32,171 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $42,710. About 1.0% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.
The 2010 United States Census counted 496 people, 217 households, and 115 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,887.9 per square mile (728.9/km2). The borough contained 365 housing units at an average density of 1,389.3 per square mile (536.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.76% (470) White, 1.01% (5) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 1.01% (5) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.41% (7) from other races, and 1.81% (9) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.44% (22) of the population.
Out of a total of 217 households, 16.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the borough, 15.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.2 years. For every 100 females the census counted 105.8 males, but for 100 females at least 18 years old, it was 103.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $79,250 (with a margin of error of +/- $41,438) and the median family income was $131,500 (+/- $30,872). Males had a median income of $71,944 (+/- $75,722) versus $44,625 (+/- $3,762) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $63,707 (+/- $14,113). About 3.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
Allenhurst has governed since 1916 by a three-member Commission, under the terms of the Walsh Act. Members of the commission are elected at-large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis. Each Commissioner is assigned responsibility for a specified department within the Borough.
As of 2016[update], the members of Allenhurst's Board of Commissioners, serving concurrent terms of office until May 1, 2016, are Mayor David J. McLaughlin (Commissioner of Public Affairs and Public Safety), Deputy Mayor Christopher J. McLoughlin (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance) and Terry Bolan (Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property)
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 11th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jennifer Beck (R, Red Bank) and in the General Assembly by Joann Downey (D, Freehold Township) and Eric Houghtaling (D, Neptune Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2014[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; term ends December 31, 2014), Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014), Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2016), John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015) and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2016). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township), Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale) and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 401 registered voters in Allenhurst, of which 72 (18.0%) were registered as Democrats, 124 (30.9%) were registered as Republicans and 205 (51.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 60.6% of the vote (168 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 38.6% (107 votes), and other candidates with 0.7% (2 votes), among the 280 ballots cast by the borough's 402 registered voters (3 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 69.7%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 59.5% of the vote (198 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 38.7% (129 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (3 votes), among the 333 ballots cast by the borough's 441 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.5%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 61.7% of the vote (234 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 36.4% (138 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (5 votes), among the 379 ballots cast by the borough's 526 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 72.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 82.6% of the vote (147 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 17.4% (31 votes), and other candidates receiving no votes, among the 180 ballots cast by the borough's 376 registered voters (2 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 47.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 72.6% of the vote (175 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 19.5% (47 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 7.9% (19 votes) with no votes cast for other candidates, among the 241 ballots cast by the borough's 405 registered voters, yielding a 59.5% turnout.
Allenhurst does not have any public schools of its own (non-operating district). Public school students from Allenhurst attend the Asbury Park Public Schools in Asbury Park as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Students also have the option to attend Academy Charter High School in Lake Como, which accepts students on a lottery basis from the communities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como.
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 5.14 miles (8.27 km) of roadways, of which 4.73 miles (7.61 km) were maintained by the municipality, 0.08 miles (0.13 km) by Monmouth County and 0.33 miles (0.53 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ Transit train service is offered from the Allenhurst station on the North Jersey Coast Line, providing service to Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station, as well as Hoboken Terminal. The station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980.
The Allenhurst Beach Club, a 2,450-member recreational facility, has attracted residents and visitors during the summer months for generations. As of 2013 it featured a 525,000 gallon salt water swimming pool, a children's wading pool, cabanas and bathhouses. New membership is no longer open to non-residents according to the borough administration.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Allenhurst include:
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