Garden State Parkway sign (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

If you have been saying to yourself, “is it me or is there more traffic on the roads lately?!”  Or maybe you’ve noticed that local errands used to take you a fraction of the time it takes you now.  Well, it’s not you.  A new 3D map illustrates parts of the Garden State to be the most densely populated ON THE PLANET!  Let’s put some of these rankings into perspective. New Jersey occupies the top four spots of the most densely populated municipalities in the U.S.(all in Hudson County).  But wait, there’s more…New Jersey holds seven spots on the Top 10 list of population density.  In our Jersey Shore communities, there are over 5,000 people per square mile, not counting the summer tourists.  Environment groups are concerned about the development at the Shore and our ability to manage future super-storms as well as quality of life with regard to health risks. According to the 3D map, here are some specific numbers regarding NJ Population Density in the following towns:

The numbers next to each town represent people per square mile:

Asbury Park 10,414

Ocean Township 2,460

Long Branch 5,622

Interlaken 2,115

West Long Branch Boro 2,749

Rumson 970

Brick 2,318

Middletown 1,515

Toms River 1,735

Point Pleasant Boro 4,409

Howell 851

Point Pleasant Beach Boro 2,448

Freehold Twp 911

Freehold Boro 6,185

Eatontown 2,081

Avon-by-the-Sea 3,702

Colts Neck 316

Holmdel 922

Red Bank 5,657

Lake Como Boro 6,072

Aberdeen 3,252

Belmar 3,864

Oceanport 1,409

Manasquan 3,710

Tinton Falls 1,148

Neptune 3,151

Lakewood 3,964

Pine Beach 3,362

If you want to learn more and use the 3D map to check out your town CLICK HERE.