Toms River, NJ
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Toms River is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 88,802 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Toms River is the sixth largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Toms River are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Toms River is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Toms River is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Toms River who work in office and administrative support (15.76%), sales jobs (12.84%), and management occupations (9.08%).

Because of many things, Toms River is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Toms River a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Toms River has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Toms River’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Toms River is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The education level of Toms River citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.63% of adults in Toms River have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Toms River in 2010 was $35,696, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,784 for a family of four. However, Toms River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Toms River is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Toms River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Toms River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Toms River include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Toms River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.