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A+ Toms River Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Toms River Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than New Jersey
Toms River
12121% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Toms River cost of living
A+ Toms River Crime Total crime is 3% lower than New Jersey
Total crime
1,73837% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5837% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Toms River crime
C Toms River Employment Household income is 2% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$72,50031% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,82320% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% lower than the US average
Toms River employment
F Toms River Housing Home value is 12% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$278,70051% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,33741% higher than the US average
Home ownership
81%27% higher than the US average
Toms River real estate or Toms River rentals
D Toms River Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Toms River K-12 schools or Toms River colleges

Living in Toms River, NJ

Located in the state of New Jersey, Toms River is a moderately-sized city with a population of 88,537 residents. At 90%, the majority of the Toms River population is White; this is followed by 4% Asian and 3% Black. Toms River has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 78% of the population is classified as married and 62% have kids.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Toms River, New Jersey. With useful information like crime, cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Toms River and in the areas around Toms River is a much easier task.

Toms River, NJ receives 67/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #330 in New Jersey and #15,311 in the USA. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Toms River ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (A). The bad news for Toms River, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F), weather (D), education (D) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Toms River on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Cattus Island County Park, Insectropolis, the Bugseum of New Jersey, and Simply Skin Day Spa.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Toms River gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 68 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Toms River is real estate affordability. The median home price for Toms River homes is $278,700, which is 11.9% lower than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Toms River, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 11.6% lower than the New Jersey average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Toms River will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Toms River, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3%.

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A great place to live or work

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining10/10
Shopping10/10
Toms River is the seat of Ocean County government and there are many gated retirement communities in the area, so you're sure to find a good job here if you're an attorney or a physician. If not, you may have to look elsewhere to find a job, as I did. That said, I've lived here half my life and highly recommend it for the shopping, family activities and proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. It really is a great place to visit or live.
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Toms River, NJ - A fast experience!

Attractions6/10
Community8/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping8/10
Toms River, NJ is a wonderful place to visit. With that being said, I was born and raised in NJ and find it to be a great place. Toms River is actually a small city located right along the River.

The city of Toms River is not what you may expect as a waterfront area as the primary focus of the city is not actually the river that passes through. Although there are plenty of places to enjoy boating or other water activities, the primary focus in Toms River is the beautiful middle to upper class neighborhoods and wide selection of dining and shopping options.

Toms River offers many shopping options mostly in the form of malls and strip malls. Restaurants are plentiful and delicious New York style pizza is quite common, in addition Italian Bistro, French Cuisine and Greek can all be found. Sports Bars & Grilles are also very common here in addition to every major chain restaurant that I have ever seen! Toms River makes a great place to visit for the weekend or to relocate to! I would recommend Toms River for families, couples or even individuals; to those who enjoys a fast paced lifestyle.
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Source: The Toms River, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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