What is now Surf City was originally formed as Long Beach City borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 19, 1894, from portions of Stafford Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. The borough was renamed Surf City by a resolution of the Borough Council as of May 26, 1899.
Surf City is 57 miles east-southeast of Philadelphia, PA and 71 miles south of New York, NY.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (21.74%) is water.
In 1875, the 20 or so permanent members of the area decided to call it Long Beach City, even though the area was still considered part of Stafford Township. But in 1894, Surf City became incorporated, changing its name to Surf City in 1899 after the United States Postal Service demanded a name change before the town could incorporate, preventing it from being confused with Long Branch in Monmouth County.
There were 706 households out of which 13.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.61.
In the borough the population was spread out with 12.4% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 34.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $38,190, and the median income for a family was $50,268. Males had a median income of $40,625 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,632. About 5.6% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
The Mayor of Surf City Borough is Leonard T. Connors, Jr. (R, term ends December 31, 2007), who also is the state senator from the 9th Legislative District. Borough Council members are Bettie Creevy (R, 2007), Charles L. Freitag (R, 2007), Francis R. Hodgson, Sr. (R, 2008) and William D. Hodgson (R, 2008), John H. Klose (R, 2009) and James B. Russell (R, 2009).
Public school students in grades 7 through 12 attend the Southern Regional Middle School (grades 7 and 8) and Southern Regional High School (grades 9–12). These schools are part of the Southern Regional School District, which serves the five municipalities in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, along with students from Beach Haven, Stafford Township and Ocean Township.. Both schools are in Manahawkin.
Surf City Beach Patrol (SCBP)