Jackson Township, named
after Andrew Jackson, is a township in Ocean
As of the United States 2000 Census
township population was 42,816. Jackson's most famous attraction is Six Flags Great
Adventure, which as of May 2005 has the tallest and fastest
roller coaster in the world: Kingda Ka. Jackson is also home to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and
Six Flags Wild
Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6,
1844, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River
Township), Freehold Township and Upper Freehold Township, while the area was still part of Monmouth
It became part of the newly-created Ocean
County on February 15, 1850. Portions of the township were taken to form
Township on March 11, 1845.
Center is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located
within Jackson Township.
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of
100.8 square miles (261.1 km²), of which,
100.1 square miles (259.2 km²) of it is land and
0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (0.74%) is water.
Jackson is the largest city by area in Ocean County.
borders the Township of Freehold, Howell Township, Millstone Township and Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County, the Township of Plumsted, the Township of Manchester, the Township of Lakewood and Toms River Township in Ocean County.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 42,816
people, 14,176 households, and 11,269 families residing in the
township. The population density
was 427.9 people per square mile (165.2/km²). There were 14,640
housing units at an average density of 146.3/sq mi (56.5/km²).
The racial makeup of the township was 91.26% White
, 3.90% African American
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.97% from
, and 1.67%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 5.78% of the
There were 14,176 households out of which 44.0% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples
living together, 8.9% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families.
16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the township the population was spread out with 29.7% under the
age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45
to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $65,218, and
the median income for a family was $71,045. Males had a median
income of $51,276 versus $33,882 for females. The per capita income
for the township was
$23,981. About 2.5% of families and 3.7% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 3.2%
of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
, CR 528
, CR 547
, CR 537
, CR 526
, and CR 571
pass through the
township. CR 539
passes through the township, but in the southwest corner, for less
than half a mile. Interstate 195 is a major artery
that travels through the northern section of Jackson (it just so
happens that Jackson is the only municipality in Ocean
County that hosts any interstate). While the expressway
travels into Howell and Millstone Township, it's also a vital link for Six
Flags since it grants access to the Garden State Parkway, Interstate 295 and the
New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95).
New Jersey Transit bus service is
provided to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown
Manhattan. Philadelphia is served by the 317.
Local service is available
on the 311
Until 2006, Jackson Township as governed under the Township
form of government with a
five-member Township Committee, whose members were elected directly
by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of
office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for
election each year. As of July 1, 2006, Jackson Township adopted
the Faulkner Act
of government, with a Mayor and five-member Township Council
elected at-large in nonpartisan
elections. The Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a
four-year term of office. Council members serve four-year terms on
a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election
in even years. The Council selects a President and a Vice President
from among its members.The Mayor of Jackson Township is Michael
Reina. Township Council members are Council President Michael
Kafton (2012), Council Vice President Bobbie Rivere (2012), Scott
R. Martin (2010), Howard S. Tilis, and Ann M. Updegrave (2010).
Mayor Reina and Councilman Tilis were appointed to their respective
positions. An election will be held on the November 3, 2009 general
election to fill the unexpired six month terms of their
Public Safety Departments
- Police Department
Jackson Township has its own Police Department which operates out
of the Municipal Justice Complex. Chief of Police Matthew D. Kunz.
- Fire Department
Jackson Township currently has four fire companies and an
Industrial Fire Department:
- Station 54 - Jackson Mills Fire Co./Jackson Fire District No. 4
(Combination Volunteer/Career) Chief Rich D'Alessandro
- Station 55 - Jackson Township Fire Co. No. 1/Jackson Twp Fire
District No. 3 (Combination Volunteer/Career) Chief Michael Fatovic
and Administrative Chief Ken Byrnes
- Station 56 - Cassville Fire Co./Jackson Fire District No. 2
Chief John Alchevsky (Combination Volunteer/Career)
- Station 57 - Whitesville Fire Co./Jackson Fire District No. 1
(Combination Volunteer/Career [contract for personnel from Fire
District No. 3]) Chief Scott Rauch
- Station 58 - Six Flags Great Adventure Fire Department Chief
Edward Zakar (Career)
- Fire Bureau
Jackson Township has three Fire Bureaus that enforce the NJ Uniform
Fire Safety Act:
Jackson Bureau of Fire Prevention District 2 Fire Official Dave Van
Jackson Bureau of Fire Prevention District 4 Fire Official John
Jackson Bureau of Fire Safety Fire Districts 1 & 3 Fire
Official Frank McDonnell
- Emergency Medical Services
Currently emergency medical services are provided by a combination
of an independent volunteer first aid squad and a private third
- Quality Medical Transport (units 103,151,155) covers EMS calls
- Jackson Twp. Volunteer First Aid Squad (Squad 22) covers EMS
calls from 6PM-5AM - Captain Al Couceiro
- Six Flags Great Adventure EMS (Squad 80) covers EMS calls
within the park during park operating hours.
Advanced life support E.M.S., (i.e., paramedics or "Mobile
Intensive Care Units"), is provided by hospital providers under a
statewide system mandated by the New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services
. Jackson Township is
served primarily by MONOC paramedic units.
Federal, state and county representation
Jackson Township is in the Fourth Congressional District and is
part of New Jersey's 30th Legislative District.
The Jackson School
serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the
for Education Statistics
) are six elementary school serving
grades K-5 — Crawford-Rodriguez Elementary School
(945), Lucy N. Holman Elementary School
(657), Howard C.
(618), Sylvia Rosenauer
(427) and Switlik Elementary
(937) —( Carl W. Goetz Middle School
(1,300) and Christa McAuliffe
(1,020) for grades 6-8, along withJackson
Liberty High School andJackson Memorial High School (2,910) for grades 9-12.
Notable current and former residents of Jackson Township include: