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Atlantic Highlands

Borough of Atlantic Highlands

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Monmouth County
    Atlantic Highlands
      County FIPS: 
    40°24′42″N 74°01′11″W
      Area total: 
    4.56 sq mi (11.82 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.26 sq mi (3.27 km²)
      Area water: 
    3.30 sq mi (8.54 km²)
    266 ft (81 m)
    Incorporated February 28, 1887
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,491.9 residents per square mile of area (1,348.2/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Atlantic Highlands is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in the Bayshore Region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,385, a decline of 320 (6.8%) from the 4,705 in the 2000 Census. The borough contains Mount Mitchill, the highest point on the eastern seaboard south of Maine, rising 266 feet (81 m) above sea level. The town overlooks where the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay meet at Sandy Hook. The original inhabitants were the Lenape, who lived in and along the cliffs and creeks of Atlantic Highlands. In 1887, Atlantic Highlands was incorporated as a borough, containing 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of land bordering on the Raritans Bay. In 1966, the Central Railroad of New Jersey built a major pier at the end of First Avenue. Its rail route is now used by the Henry Hudson Trail, which was destroyed by fire on the East Side of the borough in the 1920s. It is now home to 715 craft, including high-speed ferry service to New York City, introduced in 1986. The harbor was built from 1938 to 1940 with municipal, state, and federal funds. Pleasure, fishing and commuter boats sail from its harbor. In the summer, bungalows are now occupied by the Portland Trailblazers, which are now used in the summer-round summer months. The area was laid out with 10 lots in 1667, making them the first European residents of present-dayAtlantic Highlands. The Lenape traded with the Europeans and sold a group of English settlers an area that was named Portland Poynt.


Atlantic Highlands is the primary city name, but also Atlantic Hlds are acceptable city names or spellings, Atlantic Hl on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Borough of Atlantic Highlands. The town overlooks where the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay meet at Sandy Hook, and its hills mark the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. south of Maine. The Lenape traded with the Europeans and sold a group of English settlers an area that covered the entire peninsula that was named Portland Poynt. The area was laid out with 10 lots in 1667, making them the first European residents of present-day Atlantic Highlands. In 1887, Atlantic Highlands was incorporated as a borough, containing 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of land bordering on the Raritans Bay. Pleasure, fishing and commuter boats sail from its harbor. The municipal harbor was built from 1938 through 1940 with municipal, state, and federal funds. It is the largest on the East Coast, home to 715 craft, including high-speed ferry service to New York City, which was introduced in 1986. In 1966, the Central Railroad of New Jersey pier was destroyed by fire. Its rail route is now used by the Henry Hudson Trail. The borough's bungalows on the east side of the borough, which in the 1920s were summer Bungalows, are now occupied year-round. In the 1950s and 1960s, the steamers Sandy Hook and the Monmouth navigated the waters bringing businessmen and vacationers to Atlantic Highlands, and the borough became a haven for bootleggers during the Prohibition era. Steamer service was the most important transport, and continued through the 1940s.


Atlantic Highlands has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) and average monthly temperatures range from 32,6° F in January to 75.9°F in July. The hardiness zone is 7a or 7b depending upon elevation. The township borders the Monmouth County communities of Highlands and Middletown Township. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Brevent Park, Hillside, Hilton, Hilton Park, Navesink and Stone Church. The borough had a total area of 4.56 square miles (11.82 km²) according to the United States Census Bureau, including 1.26 sq miles (3.27km²) of land and 3.30 sq km² of water (72.35%) The borough has a population of 2,816. The population of Atlantic Highlands was 2,071 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The town's population is 2,081. The municipality has an area of 3.27 square miles and a water area of 8.54 km². It is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New Jersey via the Raritan River and the Delaware River. It has an elevation of 1,856 feet (427 meters) and a population density of 1.738 square miles per square mile (2,077.4 km²). The borough's area of land includes 1,638 acres (4,838 km²), including 1,732 acres (3,836 km², and 3,832 acres) of water. It also has a water surface of 3,637 acres (8.54km²), making it one of the smallest towns in New Jersey.


As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,705 people, 1,969 households, and 1,258 families residing in the borough. The median household income was $82,127 (with a margin of error of +/ $10,511) and the median family Income was $100,117 (+/ $16,562) In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The racial makeup of the borough was 94.37% White, 2.30% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 1.02% from other races, and. 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.13% (225) of thePopulation. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was2.96. The per capita income for the Borough was $41,785 (+/$4,864). About 2.5%. of families and 5.3% of the residents were below the poverty line. The borough has a population of 4,385. The population density was 3,401.2 per square mile (1,313.2/km²). There were 2,002 housing units at an average density of 1,552.9 per squaremile (599.6/ km²).


Atlantic Highlands Recreation Committee runs many events in town throughout the year. Summer Concert Series in the harbor, youth programs such as basketball in the winter and soccer in the fall are just a few of the events held in the town.

Parks and recreation

Atlantic Highlands has a large park system with eight borough-owned parks and two county operated parks. Lenape Woods offers approximately 51 acres (210,000 m2) of natural woodlands and freshwater wetlands that are the headwaters to Many Mind Creek. Henry Hudson Trail runs 9 miles (14 km) from the Aberdeen/Keyport border at the intersection of Lloyd Road and Clark Street to the Atlantic Highlands border at Avenue D. Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook is located about 266 feet (81 m) above sea level, at the highest natural elevation from Maine to the Yucatán, providing views of Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay and the New York skyline. Entertainment venues include the First Avenue Playhouse, which offers dessert-and-dinner theater and puppet shows. Maritime attractions include a yacht club, marina and charter boats for fishing and touring. Other places of interest include a number of gift shops, galleries, and dining establishments. The town's history can be learned at both the Queen Anne-style Strauss Mansion Museum, and the local maritime museum. Lodgings can be found at anumber of cottages and inns, such as the Blue Bay Inn. Monmouth County operates two parks in the town, Henry Hudson trail and Mount Mitchil Scenic overlook. This 12-acre (49,000m2) site is also home to Monmouth county's 9/11 Memorial, and has been expanded to connect to Highlands.


Atlantic Highlands is located in the 6th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 13th state legislative district. As of 2022, the Mayor of Atlantic Highlands is Republican Loretta Gluckstein, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Monmouth County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners comprised of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis. For the 2022-2023 session, the 13th Legislative District is represented in the New Jersey Legislature by Declan O'Scanlon (R, Little Silver) and in the General Assembly by Vicky Flynn (R) and Gerard Scharfenberger (R, Middletown Township) As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,238 registered voters in Atlantic Highlands, of which 842 (26.0%) were registered as Democrats. There were seven voters registered as Libertarians or Greens. In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 50.2% of the vote (1,124 votes cast) compared with 48.3% for Mitt Romney. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush received 1,287 votes among the 2,342 votes cast by the borough's 3,612 registered voters. In 2008, Republican John McCain received 49.3%. of the votes cast for Barack Obama, compared with 47.5% for Barack McCain. In 2012, the borough registered 3,454 voters for a turnout of 75% (3,454 votes for a 75% turnout).


As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 24.59 miles (39.57 km) of roadways. New Jersey Route 36 is the main highway running through Atlantic Highlands. The closest limited-access road is the Garden State Parkway, which is accessible via Route 36.Atlantic Highlands is a stop for the SeaStreak Ferry, which travels from the East 34th Street Ferry Landing and Pier 11/Wall Street daily.NJ Transit provides local bus transportation on the 834 route. The borough is home to the Atlantic Highlands High School, which was founded in the early 1900s. The school was the first public high school in Atlantic Highlands to open. It closed in the mid-1960s and was replaced by a new high school, which opened in the late 1970s. It is now the site of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where students study engineering and computer science. The high school is located in the borough's central business district, near the intersection of New Jersey Turnpike and Raritan River roads. It was also the first high school to open in the area, in the 1950s and 1960s, and was the location of the first New Jersey High School to open, in 1961. It has a high school that opened in 1966. The town's high school has a junior high and senior high, which were both founded in 1967. It also has a middle school that was established in the 1970s and opened in 1982. The elementary school was opened in 1978, and the high school opened in 1984.


The Atlantic Highlands School District serves students in public school for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. As of the 2018-2019 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 311 students and 30.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 10.2:1. For seventh to twelfth grades, public school students attend Henry Hudson Regional High School, a comprehensive six-year high school and regional public school district that serves students from both Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. Seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with four seats assigned to Atlantic Highlands. The high school had anrollment of 331 students and 39.1 classroom teachers as of the 2014-15 school year. The school had a student-teacher ratios of 8.5:1 and 10.4:1, respectively, for the 2013-14 and 2014-2015 school years. The district has a population of 311, with the highest percentage of students living in the town of Atlantic Highlands, and the lowest percentage of residents living in Highlands, according to the 2010-11 school year figures. The elementary school has a enrollment of 14 students, with one student in the kindergarten through fifth grade class, and one in the sixth grade class. The sixth-grade class has one student, who is in the seventh grade class; the sixth-grader has two students, who are in the eighth grade.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey = 10.9. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 16. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Atlantic Highlands = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 4,414 individuals with a median age of 43.7 age the population dropped by -2.14% in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,491.9 residents per square mile of area (1,348.2/km²). There are average 2.34 people per household in the 1,965 households with an average household income of $80,844 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.50% of the available work force and has dropped -3.55% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.40%. The number of physicians in Atlantic Highlands per 100,000 population = 320.7.


The annual rainfall in Atlantic Highlands = 43.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 13.5 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 101. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 25.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 49, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 64.22%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 53 years with median home cost = $340,360 and home appreciation of -5.64%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.74 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $8,397 per student. There are 10.1 students for each teacher in the school, 293 students for each Librarian and 732 students for each Counselor. 6.45% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 24.00% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.34% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Atlantic Highlands's population in Monmouth County, New Jersey of 1,383 residents in 1900 has increased 3,19-fold to 4,414 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.04% female residents and 48.96% male residents live in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 43.85% are single population.

  • 36.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Atlantic Highlands require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    76.70% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.26% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 9.83% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.77% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 64.22% are owner-occupied homes, another 30.95% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.84% are vacant.

  • The 65.73% of the population in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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