Seabrook, New Jersey

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Seabrook, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Seabrook is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey
Seabrook is located in New Jersey
Seabrook is located in the US
Seabrook's location in Cumberland County (Inset: Cumberland County in New Jersey)
Coordinates: 39°30′06″N 75°13′09″W / 39.50167°N 75.21917°W / 39.50167; -75.21917Coordinates: 39°30′06″N 75°13′09″W / 39.50167°N 75.21917°W / 39.50167; -75.21917
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cumberland
Township Upper Deerfield
Named for Charles F. Seabrook
Elevation[1] 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 46,872
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08302
GNIS feature ID 0880448[1]

Seabrook is an unincorporated community located within Upper Deerfield Township in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States.[3] The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP code 08302.[4] The unincorporated community and the census-designated Place Seabrook Farms within it are each named after Charles F. Seabrook, a businessman who at one point ran the largest irrigated truck farm in the world in this region.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the population for ZIP Code Tabulation Area 08302 was 46,872.[2] As of the 2000 United States Census, the population was 44,450.[5]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Seabrook has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]

Seabrook Farms[edit]

Charles F. Seabrook and his three sons ran a frozen foods business in Seabrook. During World War II, they faced a labor shortage for their food processing plants. This led the company to recruit interned Japanese Americans starting in late 1943 and to bring in after the war.[7] Within a year, nearly 1,000 workers had relocated to Seabrook from Japanese American internment camps, and the total number of Japanese Americans resettled there reached close to 3,000. Many transplanted families remained at Seabrook after the war where the company continued to grow and prosper.[8]

Also recruited were Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry who had been rounded up and transported to American internment camps run by the U.S. Justice Department.[9][10][11] These Latin American internees were eventually, through the efforts of civil rights attorney Wayne M. Collins,[12][13] offered "parole" relocation to Seabrook.[14] Many eventually became naturalized American citizens.

In October 1994, some area residents who used to work at Seabrook Farms opened a small museum called the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center.[15] The museum has two rooms with displays and video kiosks that tell the story of Seabrook Farms and the people who worked and lived there.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Seabrook". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 - 2010 Demographic Profile Data for ZCTA 08302, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed December 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Zip Codes, State of New Jersey. Accessed December 28, 2014.
  5. ^ DP-1 - Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000 - Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data for ZCTA 08302, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Seabrook, New Jersey
  7. ^ a b Shortlidge, Jack (Spring–Summer 2005). "The Seabrook Educational and Cultural Institute: Telling the Story of a Japanese American Community in Southern New Jersey". Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore. 31. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  8. ^ Jacobs, Meg (1999). "Review of Seabrook at War: A Radio Documentary.". 
  9. ^ Robinson, Greg. (2001). By Order of the President:FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans, p. 264n2 citing C. Harvey Gardiner, Pawns in a Triangle of Hate (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1981).
  10. ^ Niiya, Brian. Japanese American History. 1993, page 191
  11. ^ Nanami, Masaharu (Kyodo News), "Japanese-Peruvians still angry over wartime internment in U.S. camps," Japan Times, Sep 16, 2009.
  12. ^ "Japanese Latin Americans" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Japanese Americans, the Civil Rights Movement and Beyond" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  14. ^ Higashide, Seiichi. (2000).Adios to Tears, p. 179.
  15. ^ "Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center". Retrieved 2009-11-28. 

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