About This Place
The Township of Toms River is a large township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, and the county seat of Ocean County. On November 7, 2006, voters approved a change of the official name from the Township of Dover (or, Dover Township) to the Township of Toms River, effective November 14, 2006.
As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 91,239. The 2010 population represents an increase of 1,533 (1.3%) from the 89,706 residents enumerated during the 2000 Census, with the township ranking as the 8th largest municipality in the state in 2010 after having been ranked 7th in 2000. As of the 2010 Census, Toms River is the second-largest municipality in Ocean County, behind Lakewood Township, which had a population of 92,843.
What is now Toms River Township was established by Royal Charter as Dover Township on March 1, 1768, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, while the area was still part of Monmouth County. Dover Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to from Jackson Township (March 6, 1844), Union Township (March 10, 1846, now Barnegat Township), Brick Township (February 15, 1850), Manchester Township (April 6, 1865), Berkeley Township (March 31, 1875), Island Heights (May 6, 1887), Lavallette (December 21, 1887) and Seaside Heights (February 26, 1913).