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Ocean County came into being on Feb. 15, 1850. It was then comprised of the townships of Brick, Toms River, Jackson, Plumsted, Stafford, and Union (Barnegat), which had previously been the portion of Monmouth County lying south of the Manasquan River. In 1891, Little Egg Harbor merged into the new political subdivision. Over time, the geographic area was carved into the 33 municipalities.
Toms River was selected as the "seat" of the new County government. On May 8, 1850, the first Board of Chosen Freeholders, consisting of two representatives from each of the six original townships, selected insignia to represent the public officials of the time. The sloop, schooner, and steamboat are still the official seals of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, the County Clerk, and the Surrogate, respectively. The choice of these symbols reflects the rich maritime tradition of the area.
The 1850 census showed Ocean County''''s population was10,043 residents. One hundred years later it had reached 56,622. Today, more than 560,000 people call Ocean County home. Ocean County is the second largest county in the state containing 638 square miles of Pine Barrens and Ocean barrier islands and a 45-mile coastline along the Atlantic.
Ocean County''''s extensive ocean, bay, and river water resources, boardwalks, parks, and golf courses offer a special place where recreation and tourism are a big part of everyday life here. More than 136,000 senior citizens, almost one-fourth of the County''s population, call Ocean County home.Some of the finest and most luxurious adult community homes are located throughout Ocean County. This friendly, family-oriented County, located along the beautiful Atlantic coast, continues to be among New Jersey?s most desirable and fastest growing counties.