An Abridged History of Asbury Park, NJ

The workers' comp lawyers in Asbury Park, NJ at Garden State Justice Group have kindly sponsored some interesting details on the neighborhood's history and highlights.

Asbury Park

The coastal city of Asbury Park is situated in the eastern region of Monmouth County in the state of New Jersey. The 1,030.4-acre town has 115.2 acres of water that includes Sunset Lake. The borders of the town are created mostly by waterways such as the Atlantic Ocean, Deal Lake, and Wesley Lake. The main roadways in the city include Memorial Drive, Ridge Avenue, Springwood Avenue, and Asbury Avenue. Loch Arbour, Interlaken, and Wanamassa are to the north of the town, while Bradley Park and Bradley Beach are to its south. 


The city was developed as a residential resort town by James A. Bradley in 1871. Bradley was a brush manufacturer from New York. The name of the city was in honor of the United States' first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Francis Asbury. 

During the 1950s, the area of farms converted to tracts of suburban homes with spacious yards. This encouraged more diversified population growth. 

Historical Landmarks

The area is home to several Victorian-style architectural structures. The Stephen Crane House, also known as the Arbutus Cottage, is located on 4th Avenue. Crane was an author born to the head of all Methodist Churches in the area, Reverand Jonathan Townley Crane. The wooden house was built in 1878. It was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 2015.

The Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel is now a part of the Casino Building on Asbury Avenue, near the Boardwalk. It was constructed in 1929 and installed in 1932. 

Music & Entertainment

As early as the 1960s, the area became a haven for the musical scene. Many musicians and bands from different genres of music have strong ties to the area, such as:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Patti Smith
  • The Clash
  • The Ramones 
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Even Bruce Springsteen can be linked to the area. His debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. was released in 1973. He even put out a follow-up album that included the song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)."


The neighborhood's population was 16,116 and consisted of 6,725 households and 3,174 families, according to the census in 2010. This was a decrease of 4.8% from the count of 16,930 in 2000. The  racial breakdown of the community was the following:

  • 36.45% white 
  • 51.35% African American
  • 25.53% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.49% Native American
  • 0.48% Asian
  • 0.12% Pacific Islander
  • 7.64% other races
  • 3.46% two or more races

As many as 17.73% of the townspeople were born in countries other than the United States. The most commonly spoken language in the community is English, followed by Spanish and French Creole. Some common ancestries found within the community include: 

  • Italian
  • Irish
  • German
  • Haitian
  • Polish

The annual income per household averaged $33,527 per year with a margin of error of $2,802, give or take. This was an increase from 2000's annual household median income that was $23,081. The breakdown of the employed occupations held by the residents was the following:

  • 12.25% sale and service positions
  • 11.28% food service occupations
  • 11.02% management roles

To learn more: The History of Deal, NJ

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