Lakewood Township is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. It stretches over a total area of 24.982 square miles, including 24.577 square miles of land and 0.405 square miles of water.
It was incorporated as a Township by an act in the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1892 from portions of Brick Township. Portions of Howell Township in Monmouth County were annexed to Lakewood Township in 1929. During the 1890s, Lakewood was a resort for the rich and famous, and “The New York Times” devoted a weekly column to the activities of Lakewood society.
The North branch of the Metedeconk River forms the northern boundary and a part of the eastern boundary. The south branch of the aforementioned runs through the township. A southern portion of the township is drained by the north branch of Kettle Creek. Lakewood Township also has four man-made lakes; three of them-Lake Carasaljo, Manetta, and Shenandoah are located on the South branch of the Metedeconk River, while the fourth – Lake Waddill – is on Kettle Creek
The township borders the municipalities of Brick Township, Jackson Township and Toms River Township in Ocean County; and Howell Township in Monmouth County.
The Township is among the most populated in the area ranking 7th most populous municipality in 2010 after being in 22nd place in 2000. The sharp increase in population from 2000 to 2010 was led by increases in the township’s Orthodox Jewish and Latino communities.
Lakewood is one of the hubs of Orthodox Judaism and a home to one of the largest yeshivas in the world. The Orthodox population is large enough to comprise over half of the Townships population and wields considerable political clout as a voting bloc.
The town square boasts an iconic, historical clock, which evokes the history of Lakewood amidst the modernity and bustling energy of the fast growing town.