Founded in 1850, Ocean County, New Jersey has gone through a lot of changes in 171 years. Here we are in 2021 and I discovered this incredible video filled with people, places, and things from the past. It appears that it was created to lure new businesses to open up in Ocean County. The challenge, I can't quite tell what year it's from and it's bugging me. Can you?
I'd love your insight. Early in the YouTube video, titled "Ocean County NJ Living the Dream", there's a graphic that reminds me of Frosty The Snowman from the 1950s. Could that be when it was made?
Multiple beaches, Island Beach State Park, and Seaside Heights boardwalk make their way into the video. Do these bring back memories?
Super Food Town in Toms River! Remember that? Those cars look like they're from the 60s or 70s?
The narrator says "we have a variety of affordable housing in every style or price range" as this home is shown. Does it look familiar to you? What about that car?
It's the Strand Theatre in Lakewood, built in 1922, makes a cameo.
What park is this?
Great Adventure and their drive-thru Safari Park makes way. What year and model is that truck?
Look, it's Ocean County mall!
The video ends with "I hope that you now have a realistic picture of Ocean County. We invite you to become one of the many profitable businesses operating here." So, watch and let me know what year you think it was filmed!
These are the 25 Best Places To Live in New Jersey
Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in New Jersey using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.
On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.