Jackson has reinvented itself many times. The biggest township in Ocean was first a hub for lumber, cranberries, and poultry before becoming a commuter town. Now, as the home of Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari park, Jackson is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Jersey.
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Europeans claimed dominion over the land in 1665 when the Monmouth Patent was signed by the Royal Governor of the American colonies, Richard Nicolls Esq., who was acting on behalf of James Stuart, the Duke of York. The parcel assigned Ocean County and much of the
neighboring area to 12 recipients who lived, at the time, in what would later become Long Island and Rhode Island. The first incorporated European settlement in the area was Shrewsbury.
Forestry dominated the local economy, but as the number of trees shrank, farmers began to grow crops. Cranberry production then became a staple, hitting its peak in the early 1840s when there were over 200 cranberry bogs in production. The majority of the harvested cranberries were processed and shipped in crates and barrels made in local sawmills.
In 1844, Jackson was incorporated as a new municipality in Monmouth County by combining portions of Freehold Township, Upper Freehold Township, and Dover Township (now Toms River Township). In 1850, the lower half of Monmouth County was cut off to become the newly created Ocean County, which shrunk Jackson in size.
Beginning roughly in 1920, poultry farming exploded. At one point, the second-largest poultry farm in New Jersey had its residence in Jackson. However, in the 1950s, the US government stopped subsidizing chicken grain, which made the cost of feed increase 300%. By 1955, chicken had flown the coop in Ocean County.
When the Garden State Parkway arrived in the late 50s, suburban living came to Jackson. Development followed, and Jackson has been a commuter town ever since, with its population eventually growing to just under 58,000 as of 2019.
Jackson is named after Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States.
The Lenape were the original inhabitants. During the 1700s, the Lenape were displaced by European settlers. The American Revolutionary War and the United States’ Independence pushed them further west. During the 1800s, most Lenape were forcibly removed from New Jersey because of the Indian Removal Act, which President Andrew Jackson signed.
Jackson Township is 100.55 square miles. It’s mostly land with only 1.38 square miles of water. It’s the largest municipality in Ocean County and contains over two dozen unincorporated communities partially or entirely within its borders. Given its size, Jackson also borders many townships in both Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
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According to the 2010 Census, Jackson Township had:
And the economic makeup was:
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Jackson Township School District Overall Grade: B+
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New Jersey has a property tax rate of 2.42%, which is the highest in the country (the national average is 1.07%). In 2020, the general tax rate was 2.368, and the effective tax rate is 2.054. In 2020, the average home was assessed at $328,520, which would mean the average homeowner would around $1,617 in municipal taxes.
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Jackson Township isn’t right on the Garden State. You’d have to take Exit 98 and merge onto NJ-34 N toward I-195 W/Trenton. Then you take I-195 for almost 13 miles, at which point you take Exit 21 for County Rd 527 S toward Jackson.
No, but nearby Spring Lake does. The trip can take between around two hours and two hours and twenty minutes. An adult one-way ticket costs $16.75, while a ticket for a child ages 5-11, senior, military member, or person with a disability costs $7.65.
Yes, you can take NJ Transit 139 from a few locations, like the Freehold Mall or the Lakewood Bus Terminal, and it will take between three to two and a half hours to get to NYC. Academy Bus also provides service to Midtown and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Yes, the 317 NJ Transit bus takes you to Philly. It makes 127 stops between the Greyhound Terminal 10th St/Filbert St and the Asbury Park Transportation Center. By car, Philly is between an hour and five minutes and an hour and 20 minutes away.
Jackson is home to major tourist attractions, shopping, and the opportunity to commune with nature!
Great Adventure and its neighboring Wild Safari animal park were combined in 2012 into Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari park, resulting in the second-largest theme park on Earth following Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Some attractions include:
A water park that has
The drive-through safari portion of Six Flags has over 1,200 animals from six different continents.
70+ outlet stores that you can browse year-round thanks to a covered walkway.
Howling Woods Farm is a 501(c)(3) educational facility that teaches visitors about wolves. The farm also rescues wolfdog hybrids and northern breed canines, known as Spitz-dogs (examples include Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes). Visitors can tour the facility by appointment, interact with the dogs, and even make an adoption.
Sandy trails wind through dried cranberry bogs, presenting the opportunity for:
There are eight miles of trails at the FREC. There are learning stations and informational kiosks. Some kiosks have audio components where you push a button to hear more about a particular topic. The FREC’s pineland forest provides an opportunity for:
This 12,000-acre park is in the Pine Barrens, full of sandy roads and trails that navigate pitch pine and scrub oak forests, white cedar swamps, and old cranberry bogs, fields, and ponds, beaver dams, and lakes. People come here to hunt, hike, and observe wildlife. It’s also a popular destination for birding.
Jackson has several well-reviewed Italian-American places and one very well-reviewed dinner.
Zachary Phillip Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt; January 14, 1967): is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He’s best known for being the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, having appeared on eight Osbourne albums between 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked and 2007’s Black Rain. Wyle is also the founder, lead guitarist, and lead singer of Black Label Society, a heavy metal band that’s released 14 studio and live albums since 1999’s Sonic Brew. Wylde grew up in Jackson and attended Jackson Memorial High School (class of 1985).
Deena Nicole Buckner (née Cortese; born January 12, 1987): is an American reality TV personality who was on MTV’s Jersey Shore for two seasons, MTV’s Couples Counseling for one season, and has been a cast member of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation since 2018. Buckner grew up in nearby New Egypt (in Plumsted Township). She currently resides in Jackson with her husband and two children.
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