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Jackson Township, named after Andrew Jackson, is a township in Ocean Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 42,816. Jackson's most famous attraction is Six Flags Great Adventuremarker, which as of May 2005 has the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world: Kingda Kamarker. Jackson is also home to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags Wild Safarimarker.

Jackson 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 Townshipmarker), Freehold Townshipmarker and Upper Freehold Townshipmarker, while the area was still part of Monmouth Countymarker, New Jerseymarker. It became part of the newly-created Ocean County on February 15, 1850. Portions of the township were taken to form Plumsted Townshipmarker on March 11, 1845.

Vista Centermarker 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.

Jackson borders the Township of Freeholdmarker, Howell Townshipmarker, Millstone Townshipmarker and Upper Freehold Townshipmarker in Monmouth Countymarker, the Township of Plumstedmarker, the Township of Manchestermarker, the Township of Lakewoodmarker and Toms River Townshipmarker in Ocean Countymarker.


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, 0.13% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.78% of the population.

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 527, CR 528, CR 547, CR 537, CR 526, and CR 571 pass through the township. CR 539 also 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 Countymarker that hosts any interstate). While the expressway travels into Howellmarker and Millstone Townshipmarker, it's also a vital link for Six Flagsmarker 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 Terminalmarker in Midtown Manhattan. Philadelphiamarker is served by the 317. Local service is available on the 311 bus line.


Local government

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 form 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 seats.

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 Arsdale

Jackson Bureau of Fire Prevention District 4 Fire Official John Burmiester Jr.

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 party contractor.

  • Quality Medical Transport (units 103,151,155) covers EMS calls from 5AM-6PM
  • 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 District serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are six elementary school serving grades K-5 — Crawford-Rodriguez Elementary School (821 students), Elms Elementary School (945), Lucy N. Holman Elementary School (657), Howard C. Johnson Elementary School (618), Sylvia Rosenauer Elementary School (427) and Switlik Elementary School (937) —( Carl W. Goetz Middle School (1,300) and Christa McAuliffe Middle School (1,020) for grades 6-8, along withJackson Liberty High Schoolmarker andJackson Memorial High Schoolmarker (2,910) for grades 9-12.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Jackson Township include:


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