6 Communities in Toms River
Toms River is the second most populous municipality in Ocean County, New Jersey. It has been voted the 14th quaintest city in the United States by Morgan Quitno Press. The township also has the second-largest Halloween parade in the world. With hot summers and cold winters there are many indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy.
Climate & Geography
Toms River has a subtropical climate with hot summer humidity. The average annual high temperature is low 60’s and often peak at mid 80’s. during the summer months. The average annual low temperature is low 40’s that drop to low 20’s during the winter months. The average annual rainfall is 48 inches.
Toms River is 70 miles south of Manhattan and 55 miles east of Philadelphia. The elevation level is 82 feet.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents enjoy expanding their art knowledge by visiting the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. They also enjoy the Ocean County Historical Museum. Beer enthusiasts find their way to multiple breweries and film buffs are able to visit multiple theaters.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost is well above the national median. Food expenses are above average. An average effective property tax rate is 2.40 percent. This is significantly higher than the national average of 1.19 percent. Most retirement income is taxable besides military pensions. On the plus side, Social Security is not taxed.
There are three hospitals and medical centers throughout Toms River. They are Community Medical Center-Toms River, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River, and Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center. Community Medical Center is New Jersey’s largest non-teaching hospital and is ranked High Performing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure.