Point Pleasant, New Jersey
|Point Pleasant, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||May 19, 1920|
|• Type||Borough (New Jersey)|
|• Mayor||William G. Schroder (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Administrator / Clerk||David A. Maffei|
|• Total||4.167 sq mi (10.790 km2)|
|• Land||3.489 sq mi (9.035 km2)|
|• Water||0.678 sq mi (1.755 km2) 16.26%|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||140th of 566 in state
11th of 33 in county
|• Density||5,272.1/sq mi (2,035.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||104th of 566 in state
1st of 33 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885357|
Point Pleasant is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 18,392, reflecting a decline of 914 (-4.7%) from the 19,306 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,129 (+6.2%) from the 18,177 counted in the 1990 Census.
Point Pleasant was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 21, 1920, from portions of Brick Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 19, 1920. The borough was reincorporated on March 12, 1928. Point Pleasant is distinct from Point Pleasant Beach, which is a separate community.
Point Pleasant is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.167 square miles (10.790 km2), of which, 3.489 square miles (9.035 km2) of it is land and 0.678 square miles (1.755 km2) of it (16.26%) is water.(40.077328,-74.070068). According to the
The borough is bounded on the north by the Manasquan River, on the east by Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head, on the south by Beaver Dam Creek and on the west by Brick Township. The town is home to the Point Pleasant Canal, completed in 1925, at the northern end of the Intracoastal Waterway. The two lift bridges over the canal, at Route 88 and Bridge Avenue, can be opened as many as 300 times per day during the summer to allow boats to pass underneath as marine traffic has the right of way.
Around 1500 the area that included the future Point Pleasant was the ceremonial meeting place of the Lenape Native Americans, who called it the "Land of Tall Timber". In approximately 1665, the first European settlers arrived in the area, who were mainly fishermen, farmers and boat builders.
On February 15, 1850, Governor Daniel Haines and the New Jersey Legislature separated Ocean County from Monmouth County, and created Brick Township, including the Point Pleasant area, which became independent of Brick Township in 1920, though the post office carried the designation "West Point Pleasant" until 1956. According to the town's official website, many longtime residents still use that name. The town's first mayor was Melville B. Parker was chosen and as the borough's first mayor, after J.H. Harvey declined the position after being elected. The town was initially a logging town, although logging was never a significant part of the local economy.
In 1924 the Manasquan River-Bay Head Canal was completed as part of the inland waterway. The canal, which divides Point Pleasant in half, provides a passage for boats, and is the northern most leg of the Intracoastal Waterway which traverses the East Coast of the United States along the Atlantic Ocean between New Jersey and Florida. In 1964, Senator Case introduced legislation that changed the canal's name to the Point Pleasant Canal.
Though often regarded as a summer resort, the borough's website emphasizes that it is a "year round community of approximately 19,000 residents".
1930-1990 2000 2010
Census 2010 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,392 people, 7,273 households, and 4,982 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,272.1 inhabitants per square mile (2,035.6 /km2). There were 8,331 housing units at an average density of 2,388.1 per square mile (922.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.05% (17,666) White, 0.41% (75) Black or African American, 0.13% (24) Native American, 0.72% (133) Asian, 0.03% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.66% (305) from other races, and 0.99% (183) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.08% (935) of the population.
There were 7,273 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% 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 3.03.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,521 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,209) and the median family income was $94,399 (+/- $4,750). Males had a median income of $67,632 (+/- $4,111) versus $47,428 (+/- $5,097) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,596 (+/- $1,783). About 1.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
Census 2000 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 19,306 people, 7,560 households, and 5,231 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,461.6 people per square mile (2,111.6/km2). There were 8,350 housing units at an average density of 2,362.2 per square mile (913.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.83% White, 5.33% African-American, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.41%, 0.14% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races.
There were 7,560 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% 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 3.06.
In the borough the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $55,987, and the median income for a family was $64,798. Males had a median income of $50,828 versus $32,886 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,715. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
Point Pleasant is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.
The Mayor is the head of municipal government; sees that state laws and borough ordinances are faithfully executed; presides over the Council. votes only to break ties; can veto ordinances subject to override by ⅔ majority of Council; and appoints subordinate officers with Council approval. After thirty days or upon Council disapproval, Council fills posts.
The Borough Council is the legislative body of municipality. The Council overrides a mayor's veto by ⅔ majority of all members, confirms mayor's appointments. The Council gains appointment power upon failure to confirm mayor's appointee or after office vacant for thirty days. The Council has all executive responsibility not placed in office of mayor.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Point Pleasant is William G. Schroeder (D), term ends December 31, 2014. The members of the Borough Council are Council President Antoinette "Toni" DePaola (R, 2012), Christopher Goss (D, 2013), Christopher B. Leitner (D, 2014), Mitchell L. Remig (R, 2012) and Robert A. Sabosik (R, 2013) and John R. Wisniewski (R, 2014).
Federal, state and county representation 
Point Pleasant is split between the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 30th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Point Pleasant had been in the 10th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, all of Point Pleasant had been part of the 4th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. As part of the 2013 redistricting, 1,802 residents in a wedge-shaped section in the western part of the borough were placed in the 3rd District, while the remaining 16,590 were placed in the 4th District.
New Jersey's Third Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 10th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James W. Holzapfel (R, Toms River) and in the General Assembly by Gregory P. McGuckin (R, Toms River) and David W. Wolfe (R, Brick Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a deputy Director from among its members. As of 2013[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with department directorship, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director John P. Kelly (Law and Public Safety; Eagleswood Township, term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey (Transportation; Brick Township, 2013), John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Finance, Parks and Recreation; Pine Beach, 2015), Gerry P. Little (Human Services; Surf City, 2015) and Joseph H. Vicari (Public Works, Senior Services; Toms River, 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella, Sheriff William L. Polhemus and Surrogate Jeffrey W. Moran.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 12,681 registered voters in Point Pleasant, of which 2,336 (18.4%) were registered as Democrats, 4,026 (31.7%) were registered as Republicans and 6,311 (49.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 68.9% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 88.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 56.5% of the vote here (5,599 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 41.4% (4,103 votes) and other candidates with 1.4% (138 votes), among the 9,904 ballots cast by the borough's 13,154 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.5% of the vote here (5,857 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 38.2% (3,700 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (85 votes), among the 9,683 ballots cast by the borough's 12,795 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 75.7.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 64.4% of the vote here (4,606 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 27.6% (1,977 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.9% (421 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (69 votes), among the 7,152 ballots cast by the borough's 12,905 registered voters, yielding a 55.4% turnout.
The Point Pleasant School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are two elementary schools — Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School (745 students; grades PreK-5) and Ocean Road School (561; K-5) — Memorial Middle School for grades 6-8 (689) and Point Pleasant Borough High School for grades 9-12 (1,017).
In media 
- A fictionalized version of the town was the setting of a short-lived 2005 television show, Point Pleasant.
- Point Pleasant is mentioned in The Sopranos episode "Employee of the Month", as the city in which Johnny Sack and his wife purchase a condominium.
Notable people 
(B) denotes that the person was born there.
- Antonella Barba (born 1986), contestant on the sixth season of American Idol.
- Peter Cancro, CEO of Jersey Mike's Subs, who started working at the chain's Point Pleasant location as a 14-year old.
- Tawny Cypress (born 1976), actress appearing on K-Ville as Ginger "Love Tap" LeBeau.
- Kirsten Dunst (born 1982), actress.
- Todd Frazier (born 1986), major league baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds.
- Laurel Hester (1956–2006), police officer who rose to national attention with her deathbed appeal for the extension of pension benefits to her domestic partner.
- Leonard Lomell (1919–2011), United States Army Ranger who played a pivotal role in destroying German gun emplacements on D-Day.
- Diamond Dallas Page (born 1956), former professional wrestler.
- Eugene O'Neill (1888–1953), playwright.
- Kurt Pellegrino (born 1979), MMA fighter who competes under the UFC brand.
- Christie Rampone (born 1975), USA Soccer player.
- Soraya (1969–2006), Grammy Award-winning, musician.(B)
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- via Associated Press. "‘Point Pleasant’ disturbs namesake town: Fox drama brings devil’s daughter to New Jersey", MSNBC, January 14, 2005. Accessed July 30, 2011. "The one-hour drama centers on pretty blond Christina Nickson, who turns up on the beach in Point Pleasant, N.J., one day and soon begins raising hell — wherever she goes, storm clouds gather, candles blow out, cars explode in flames. The reason soon becomes clear: She’s the devil’s daughter."
- Qaroone, Nawal. "For Antonella, Idol finale is bittersweet", The Star-Ledger, May 22, 2007. Accessed December 31, 2012. "Barba, of Point Pleasant, made it to the top 16 on the show, but gained notoriety amid racy photographs that surfaced on the Internet."
- D'Agnese, Joseph. "DESTINATIONS; With this Franchise, The State Is on a Roll", The New York Times, April 2, 2000. Accessed July 12, 2012. "It certainly is for Mr. Cancro. At age 14, he followed his brother's lead and got a job at Mike's sandwich shop in their hometown, Point Pleasant."
- Tawny Cypress - K-Ville, Fox Broadcasting Company. Accessed December 6, 2007. "A native of Point Pleasant, NJ, Cypress currently lives in New York City."
- Staff. "Celebrity Central / Top 25 Celebs: Kirsten Dunst", People (magazine). Accessed July 15, 2012. "Name: Kirsten Dunst; Date of Birth: April 30, 1982; Birth Place: Point Pleasant, N.J."
- Lucas, Ed. "Nice to report Jersey native Todd Frazier is making good with Cincinnati Reds", The Jersey Journal, June 1, 2012. Accessed July 15, 2012. "Earlier this week, Cincinnati Reds third baseman and Point Pleasant native Todd Frazier was having lunch in a Pittsburgh restaurant before heading to the ballpark for that night’s game. In the middle of his meal, he noticed a man sitting at the next table choking on a piece of steak. Without hesitation, Frazier jumped up and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on his fellow diner, saving his life."
- Wilson, Michael. "Lieutenant Who Won Pension Rights for Her Domestic Partner Dies at 49", The New York Times, February 20, 2006. Accessed December 18, 2007. "Lieutenant Hester died in the house in Point Pleasant that she owned with her partner, Stacie Andree."
- Christopher, Sam. "Toms River Vet to be Honored by Monmouth University", copy of article from Ocean County Observer, May 6, 2007. Accessed April 7, 2008.
- Staff. "THE SCORE HEARS...WCW'S DDP GOES FROM WRESTLING MAT TO YOGA MAT", Daily News (New York), August 20, 2006. Accessed November 29, 2008.
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- Obejas, Achy. "Soraya, a Singer Who Needed No Translation", The Washington Post, May 12, 2006. Accessed July 30, 2011. "Soraya was born in Point Pleasant, N.J., but spent her early years traveling to and from Cali, Colombia, her family's home town."
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- Point Pleasant School District
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- Point Pleasant Borough Branch of Ocean County Library
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