is a Borough
in Ocean County
, New Jersey
, United States
. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the borough population was 1,238. Bay Head is situated on the Barnegat Peninsula
, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay
from the Atlantic Ocean
. Together with Mantoloking
to south, Bay Head is considered part of the Jersey Shore's "Gold Coast".
Bay Head was incorporated as a Borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on June 15, 1886, from portions of Brick Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier.
The community was supposed to have been named "Bayhead," after the Bayhead Land Company that developed the area in the 1870s. A railroad sign posted in the 1880s labeled the station as "Bay Head," and the name stuck when the borough was incorporated in 1886.
Bay Head is located at (40.068690, -74.047064).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (15.71%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,238 people, 584 households, and 349 families residing in the borough. The population density
was 2,094.3 people per square mile (810.2/km²). There were 1,053 housing units at an average density of 1,781.3/sq mi (689.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.98% White
, 0.16% African American
, 0.08% Native American
, 0.57% Asian
, 0.48% from other races
, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.29% of the population.
There were 584 households out of which 16.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.73.
In the borough the population was spread out with 15.4% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 33.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $77,790, and the median income for a family was $93,055. Males had a median income of $64,063 versus $38,672 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $49,639. About 0.3% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.
Bay Head is governed under the Borough
form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.
The Mayor of the Borough of Bay Head is Republican Arthur P. Petracco (R, 2007). Petracco's final term will end in the beginning of the year 2008, as he has publicly announced that he will not run for reelection. Veteran Borough Councilman and local business owner, William W. Curtis has publicly announced his own candidacy for the seat which is up for election on November 6, 2007.
The Bay Head Borough Council consists of John M. Berko (R, 2008), William W. Curtis (R, 2009), John DeFilippis (R, 2007), Robert M. Ryan, Sr. (R, 2008), Mary Stockton (R, 2009) and James A. Urner (R, 2007).
Federal, state and county representation
Bay Head is in the Fourth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 10th Legislative District.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend public school at Bay Head Elementary School, which had an enrollment of 105 students in the 2004-05 school year.
Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Point Pleasant Beach High School in Point Pleasant Beach, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Point Pleasant Beach School District.
New Jersey Transit
trains terminate at the Bay Head
station and yard, with service on the North Jersey Coast Line
north to Penn Station Newark
, Hoboken Terminal
, and Penn Station New York
in Midtown Manhattan
The main roadway through Bay Head is Route 35, a two-lane highway that connects many of the Jersey Shore's small communities.
Notable current and former residents of Bay Head include:
- David Bryan (born 1962), keyboardist for the rock band Bon Jovi.
- F. Slade Dale, noted mariner; best known for an unprecedented and not since duplicated trip from Bay Head to Southern Florida in a sneakbox via the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway, also known for his improvements on the sneakbox.
- Jack Ford, high profile lawyer, TV News anchor, talk show host, and current anchor alongside Ashleigh Banfield for Court TV, grew up in Bay Head, while his mother taught for several years at the Bay Head Elementary School.
- Peter Kellogg (born 1943), tied for number 278 on Forbes Magazine's 2006 Billionaires List, with a net worth of $2.6 billion; director of the Wall Street investment firm Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, which was sold to Goldman Sachs in 2000 for $5.5 billion.
- Roger King (1944-2007), Producer, Owner of King World Productions, produces game shows such as Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!; and co-produces alongside Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil McGraw.
- Dick LaBonte, artist and author, most famous work: Cocktails at the White House, featuring celebrities of the past and present enjoying a cocktail party with the Clintons, however the majority of his works feature scenes from around the Jersey Shore.
- Paul Mulshine, nationally syndicated conservative opinion columnist for The Star-Ledger.
- Michael Richards (born 1949), actor best known for his role playing Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld.
- Jay R. Saunders, award winning architect, projects including World's Fair, Bay Point Harbour, Pt. Pleasant, Lake Manassas, VA a project with Robert Trent Jones, employed thousands on work sites in the area as well as owner of Johnson Brothers Boat Works.
- Val Skinner (born 1960), LPGA golfer.
- Henry Thumann, founder of Thumann's Meats Inc., most famous for their Coney Island-style hot dogs.