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The crumbling roof of a Howard Johnsons on the boardwalk in Asbury Park

Asbury Park is a city located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 16,930. The City of Asbury Park is governed under the 1923 Municipal Manager Law.



Asbury Park is located at 40°13'21" North, 74°0'44" West (40.222399, -74.012098)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 km˛ (1.6 mi˛). 3.7 km˛ (1.4 mi˛) of it is land and 0.4 km˛ (0.2 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 10.62% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16,930 people, 6,754 households, and 3,586 families residing in the city. The population density is 4,571.1/km˛ (11,842.0/mi˛). There are 7,744 housing units at an average density of 2,090.9/km˛ (5,416.7/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 24.77% White, 62.11% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 6.49% from other races, and 5.53% from two or more races. 15.58% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,754 households out of which 31.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 20.2% are married couples living together, 26.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% are non-families. 39.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.36.

In the city the population is spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $23,081, and the median income for a family is $26,370. Males have a median income of $27,081 versus $24,666 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,516. 30.1% of the population and 29.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 40.5% of those under the age of 18 and 27.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


The Asbury Park boardwalk in July 2002, showing the dilapidated casino in the background

A seaside resort town, Asbury Park once flourished, but businesses later moved out and large parts of the city lay abandoned, so much so that a city manager called it 'Sarajevo-by-the-sea'. In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in the real estate market as the town center has gradually become more gentrified and as developers have begun various large projects in different areas of the city.

From 2002 onward, Asbury Park has been in the midst of a cultural, political and econmic revival led by a burgeoning industry of local and national artists. Its dilapidated downtown district is being slowly being rebuilt, and the vacated beachfront is undergoing a massive revitilization project.



Asbury Park is considered to be a mecca for musicians, particularly Rock musicians. It is home to The Stone Pony, originally opened in 1974 and has served as the starting point for many musical artists.


External link

  • Movies of the annual baby parade, 1904 (http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/papr:@FILREQ(@field(TITLE+@od1(Annual+baby+parade,+1904,+Asbury+Park,+N+J+++))+@FIELD(COLLID+workleis)))
  • WeirdNJ's article about Asbury Park. (http://www.weirdnj.com/_abandoned/asburypark.html)

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=40.222399&longitude=-74.012098&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=40.222399&lon=-74.012098&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-74.012098&lat=40.222399&w=750&h=500)

  Results from FactBites:
History of Asbury Park, NJ (2177 words)
He discovered the land that was to become Asbury Park while vacationing in Ocean Grove, a Methodist retreat situated immediately to the south of the city.
The Asbury Park Journal, established January 29, 1876 by Bradley as a weekly newspaper, was printed by the Brooklyn Eagle until June 1878.
Coincidentally, as Asbury Park declined, Atlantic City was on the rise as gambling became legal in the late 1970's with the first Casino-Hotel opening in 1978.
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