is a Borough
in Monmouth County
, New Jersey
. As of the 2000 Census
, the borough population was 1,070.
The Borough of Deal was incorporated as a borough on March 7, 1898, by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature, from portions of Ocean Township.
Deal boasts a significant population of Orthodox Sephardic Jews, mainly of Syrian extraction. In the 2000 Census, 16.4% of Deal residents identified as being of Syrian heritage, the greatest percentage of Syrian Americans in any municipality in the country. Deal's population swells to over 6,000 during the summer, many of them Syrian Jews.
Deal is located at (40.247866, -73.997328).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (6.20%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,070 people, 434 households, and 289 families residing in the borough. The population density
was 880.5 people per square mile (338.6/km²). There were 953 housing units at an average density of 784.3/sq mi (301.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.39% White
, 1.21% African American
, 0.09% Native American
, 0.28% Asian
, 2.71% from other races
, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 5.05% of the population.
There were 434 households out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $58,472, and the median income for a family was $65,313. Males had a median income of $57,857 versus $27,813 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,510. About 7.8% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
The Borough of Deal has been governed by a three-member commission under the Walsh Act
The three-member commission is elected at large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms on a concurrent basis, with all three seats coming up for election every fourth year.
The Deal Borough Commission consists of Mayor Harry I. Franco, Commissioner Dorothy O'Donnell and Commissioner Morris Ades, who were reelected on May 13, 2008 to new four-year terms ending in 2012.
Federal, state and county representation
Deal is in the Sixth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 11th Legislative District.
The Deal School District
serves public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Deal School served an enrollment of 107 students as of the 2005-06 school year.
For grades 9-12, students attend Asbury Park High School in neighboring Asbury Park as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Asbury Park Public Schools.
Houses of worship
- Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, the Hathaway Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian Traditions)
- Hechal Shaul Synagogue, Ahava of Deal (Orthodox, Egyptian Jewish Traditions)
- Magen David, West Deal Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian Traditions)
- Ohel Yaakob, the Lawrence Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian Traditions)
- Saint Mary Church, Richmond Avenue (Roman Catholic)
- The Deal Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian Traditions)
Notable current and former residents of Deal include:
- William C. Durant (1861-1947), founder of General Motors and Chevrolet.
- James Hayman, television and film director/producer/cinematographer. Shows include Ugly Betty and Joan of Arcadia.
- David Rockwell, architect.
- Billy Rush, guitarist in Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
- Patti Scialfa (born 1953), member of the E Street Band, and later wife of Bruce Springsteen.
- David Shapiro (born 1947), poet, literary critic, and art historian.
- Isidor Straus (1845-1912), co-owner of Macy's Department Store. Perished aboard the R.M.S. Titanic along with his wife, Ida Straus.