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Bradley Beach

Borough of Bradley Beach

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Monmouth County
    Bradley Beach
      County FIPS: 
    40°12′06″N 74°00′43″W
      Area total: 
    0.63 sq mi (1.64 km²)
      Area land: 
    0.61 sq mi (1.58 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.02 sq mi (0.05 km²)
    16 ft (5 m)
    Incorporated March 13, 1893
  •   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: 

    Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    7,014.4 residents per square mile of area (2,708.3/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Bradley Beach is a borough in Monmouth County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States census, the borough's population was 4,298, reflecting a decline of 495 (10.3%) from the 4,793 counted in the 2000 Census. The summer population can reach 30,000. It was the first location in the United States to charge sea bathers for beach access when it began minting its own tin badges starting in 1929. Sand dunes helped provide significant protection to Bradley Beach from the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, blunting the impact of the storm surge and limiting damage in the borough to beach areas and homes near the shore to $3 million. The borough had gone into decline after World War II, with growth returning around 2000 as seasonal visitors and new residents purchased properties, which borough regulations require that they must be renovated on the same footprint as the original home. It is named for James A. Bradley, the developer responsible for the creation of the Bradley Beach and Asbury Park. In 1871, William B. Bradner, with JamesA. Bradley as an investor, acquired 54 acres (22 ha) of land north of Avon-by-the-Sea, and south of Ocean Grove. At the time the area where they had purchased their land was known informally as Ocean Park and was part of Ocean Township and later became part of Neptune Township. On March 13, 1893, Bradley Beach was incorporated, based on the results of a referendum held on March 6, 1893.


Bradley Beach was named for James A. Bradley. It was the first location in the U.S. to charge sea bathers for access to the beach. Sand dunes were constructed on the beach in the mid-1990s at a cost of $10,000. The dunes helped protect the beach from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The borough was incorporated on March 13, 1893, after citizens appealed to the New Jersey Legislature for a separation from Neptune Township. It became part of Bradley Beach after World War II, when the borough's population grew to 2,500. The town's name was changed from Ocean Township to Bradley Beach in the 1950s. It is still part of the borough today, but the name has been changed several times since the 1960s to reflect the change in the name of the town, as well as the location of the beach where it is located. The current name for the borough is Bradley Beach, which means "beautiful beach" in English and "beach" in Spanish. It also means "brilliant beach" or "beaches" in the English language, which is used to refer to the sand dunes that surround the beach, which were built in the 1990s and 2000s. The name "Bradley" is a reference to the first owner of the land, James B. Bradley, who was responsible for the creation of the city's first beach, Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 1871. The city's name comes from the word "bradley," which means 'beautiful'.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.64 km²) The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Avon-by-the-Sea, Neptune City and Neptune Township. The borough has 0.61 square miles of land and 0.02 square miles. of water (3.33% of the borough's total area) It is located in New Jersey's New Jersey Bay and Ocean Counties, on the New Jersey Turnpike. It is the only borough in the state to be named after a former president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who died in office in 1969. It has a population of 2,816. It was named after the former president's son, George W. Bush. It also has a name for a former governor, William J. Hochsprung, who served from 1961 to 1969. The town's name is derived from the name of a former mayor of the same name, William Hochstrung, and is located on the Delaware Bay andOcean Counties shoreline. Its population is 2,716. it was named for the former mayor, William "Bill" HochSprung, Jr. who served as mayor from 1969 to 1971. It had a population in the mid-1970s of 1,715. it is now the town of 1.715, with a total population of 3,814.


The 2010 United States census counted 4,298 people, 2,098 households, and 980 families in the borough. The racial makeup was 85.06% (3,656) White, 4.96% (213) Black or African American, 1.81% (78) Asian, 0.02% (1) Pacific Islander, 5.21% (224) from other races, and 2.51% (108) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.54% (840) of the population. The median household income was $59,792 (with a margin of error of +/ $10,658) and the median family income was $75,575 (+/ $7,930). Males had a median income of $51,250 (+/ £12,410) versus $39,902 (+/£12,133) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,446 (+/$4,420) About 2.5% of families and 14.1% of the residents were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18. The borough is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New Jersey and New Jersey via the Raritan River and the Lackawaxen River. It is the only borough in New Jersey that is part of the New York City metropolitan area, and the only one in the state that is also part of New Jersey.


Bradley Beach has been governed under the Faulkner Act system of New Jersey municipal government since 1992. As of 2010, the borough's nonpartisan elections were shifted from May to the November general election as part of an effort to reduce costs and increase voter participation. 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 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term end 2025) As of 2022, the Mayor of Bradley Beach is Larry C. Fox, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2024. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Alan Gubitosi, Randolph Bonnell, Timothy Sexsmith and John Weber, all serving concurrent terms ending Dec. 31, 2022. In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 55.9% of the vote (1,026 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 42.7% (783 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (25 votes) There were a total of 2,514 registered voters in Bradley Beach, of which 763 (30.4%) were registered as Democrats, 468 (18.6%)were registered as Republicans and 1,279 (50.9%) wereregistered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered as Libertarians or Greens.


The Bradley Beach School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The district maintains sending/receiving relationships with the Asbury Park Public Schools and Neptune Township Schools. Public high school students may also apply to attend one of the magnet schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District. There are many activities at the library for people of all ages including various story times, a writing group and weekly Overeaters Anonymous meetings. In early 2017, a building expansion was added to the south elevation of the circa 1927 built library building. The structural design was performed by the Structural Engineering department of French Parrello Associates (FPA). The library is located at 511 Fourth Avenue, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Fourth Avenue. In the spring of 2014 the library introduced a book bike which a librarian or volunteer rides around town and on the boardwalk to give books and to tell residents about the opportunities and activities coming up at the borough and around the town. The borough is home to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, which is based at the base of the New Jersey Turnpike in Mantua, New Jersey. It is also home to a number of other military bases, including the USS Intrepid, USS Shumlin, and the USS Dauntless, which was sunk in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The town is also the home of the American Museum of Natural History, which opened in 1875.


As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 14.31 miles (23.03 km) of roadways, of which 10.90 miles (17.54 km) were maintained by the municipality. Route 71 (Main Street) is the main road that runs through the town. Both the Garden State Parkway and I-195 are within a 10 to 15 minute drive.NJ Transit provides rail service at the Bradley Beach station connecting the borough to Hoboken Terminal, Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station on the North Jersey Coast Line. NJ Transit bus service is available between the borough and Philadelphia on the 317 route, with local service offered on the 830 route. The borough is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to New York City. The New Jersey Department of Transportation provides bus service between Monmouth County and the borough on the 3rd and 4th routes. The 7th and 8th routes connect the borough with New York, Philadelphia, Newark and New Jersey on the 5th and 6th routes, and the 9th and 10th routes on the 11th and 12th routes in the 13th and 14th grades. The 11th route is the only route in the borough that does not connect to the New York and Philadelphia rail stations. The 12th and 13th routes are the only routes that connect to New Jersey and the rest of the United States on the 14th and 15th levels of government.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Bradley Beach has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) The highest air temperature was 100.3 °F (37.9 °C) on August 9, 2001. The average wettest month is July which correlates with the peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, the average annual extreme minimum air temperature is 3.8 °f (15.7 °C). The average seasonal (NovemberApril) snowfall total is 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) The average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity. Episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values below 6°F (21°C) in Bradley Beach. The highest daily average mean dew point was 77.3 °C (25.2°F), on August 13, 2016. Since 1981, the wetest calendar day was 5.60 inches (142 mm) onAugust 27, 2011. The hottest day of the year is August 14, 2016, with a heat index of 103 °F F (39 °C), and the coldest day is August 15, 2016 with a temperature of 5.7°F (20.9°C), with a wind chill of 6 °F  C (21 °F) It is the only place in the U.S. with an average temperature above 32.0 °F  (0.0°C).


According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Bradley Beach would have a dominant vegetation type of Appalachian Oak (104) The plant hardiness zone is 7a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 3.8 °F (15.7 °C) The average date of first spring leaf-out is March 24 and fall color typically peaks in early-November. The average annual high temperature is 80 degrees F (32 degrees C) and the average annual low temperature is 70 degreesF (24 degrees C). The average daily high temperature for Bradley Beach is 80°F (32°C) with the average daily low temperature of 70°C (24°F) and an average monthly average high temperature of 76°F(24°C). The annual average low temperature for the beach is 70°F (-21°C), the average monthly high is 80 °F (-22°F), and the monthly average low is 70 °F (+21°F). The summer average high is 79°F, the average summer low is 68°F and the summer mean high is 77°F. The summer mean low is 76 °F, and the August mean high was 76°C. The August average high was 78°F; the August average low was 74°F, The September average high and the October average high were 75°F+. The November average high, the November average low, the December average high temperatures were 76°E, the October October high was 77°E and the November high was 79°E.


In 1929, Bradley Beach hosted an international chess tournament at Hotel La Reine. Alexander Alekhine, the reigning world chess champion at the time, won the tournament with an impression score of 8.5/9. He was the first American to win a major chess tournament in the United States. The tournament was held at the Hotel LaReine in Bradley Beach, California. The event was organized by the American Chess Association. The winner of the tournament received $1,000. It was the only chess tournament held in the U.S. in the early 20th century.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bradley Beach, 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 Bradley Beach = 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 5,943 individuals with a median age of 41.1 age the population grows by 0.56% in Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 7,014.4 residents per square mile of area (2,708.3/km²). There are average 2.04 people per household in the 2,358 households with an average household income of $55,354 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 Bradley Beach per 100,000 population = 320.7.


The annual rainfall in Bradley Beach = 46.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 18.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 117. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 210. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 23.9 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 Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 29.45%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 59 years with median home cost = $394,610 and home appreciation of -7.64%. 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 $12,935 per student. There are 8.4 students for each teacher in the school. 5.02% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.06% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.04% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bradley Beach's population in Monmouth County, New Jersey of 2,374 residents in 1900 has increased 2,5-fold to 5,943 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.87% female residents and 50.13% male residents live in Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 58.00% are single population.

  • 32.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Bradley Beach 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.

    76.80% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.66% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 6.59% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.51% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 29.45% are owner-occupied homes, another 40.59% are rented apartments, and the remaining 29.96% are vacant.

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

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