About Manchester NJ

Manchester Township is 82.5 square miles and is the third largest Township in central New Jersey's Ocean County. The Township is located approximately 70 miles from the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and approximately 60 miles from the Philadelphia-New Jersey metropolitan region.

Manchester Township is one of the best-known communities in the northeastern United States for its extensive retirement communities, which made the Township one of the fastest growing communities in New Jersey during the period 1965 through 1988. The 1990 census recorded a population of 35,976.

In contrast, a successful effort was made by the community to manage and control growth. The 2000 census reported that the population of Manchester was 38,928.

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