On Feb. 15, 1850, Ocean County came into being. It was then comprised of the townships of Brick, Toms River, Jackson, Plumsted, Stafford, and Union (Barnegat), which, in the aggregate, had previously been the portion of Monmouth County lying south of the Manasquan River. In 1891, Little Egg Harbor merged into the new political subdivision. Over time, this vast geographic area was carved into the 33 municipalities.  
     
  Ocean County is the second largest county in the state containing 638 square miles of pine barrens and barrier islands and a 45-mile coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.  
     
  More than 136,000 senior citizens, almost one-fourth of the County’s population, call Ocean County home. See where they live.  
     
  This friendly, family-oriented County, located along the beautiful Atlantic coast, continues to be among New Jersey’s fastest growing counties.  
     
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