Toms River is Located in
Ocean County New Jersey
The Township of Toms River is a large township in Ocean County, New
Jersey, United States, and the county seat of Ocean County. On November
7, 2006, voters approved a change of the official name of Township of
Dover (or, Dover Township) to the Township of Toms River, effective
November 14, 2006.
As of the United States 2000 Census, the township had a total population
of 89,706. The United States Census Bureau's 2009 population estimate
was 109,356, making it one of the fastest growing cities in New Jersey
as well as the seventh most populous municipality in New Jersey.
What is now Toms River Township was established by Royal Charter as
Dover Township on March 1, 1768, from portions of Shrewsbury Township,
while the area was still part of Monmouth County. Dover Township was
incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act of the
New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township
were taken to form Jackson Township (March 6, 1844), Union Township
(March 10, 1846, now Barnegat Township), Brick Township (February 15,
1850), Manchester Township (April 6, 1865), Berkeley Township (March 31,
1875), Island Heights (May 6, 1887), Lavallette (December 21, 1887) and
Seaside Heights (February 26, 1913).
In 2006, Toms River was ranked by Morgan Quitno as the fourteenth safest
"city" in the United States, of 369 cities nationwide.
In 2007 and 2008, Toms River was ranked by CQ Press as the ninth safest
"city" in the United States, of the 378 cities nationwide.
The town has gained national fame in recent years due to winning the
Little League World Series in 1998, resident Frankie Edgar winning the
UFC Lightweight Championship, and portions of MTV's "Jersey Shore" were
also filmed in Toms River Township.
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