Manahawkin : New jersey


What It Is Like to Retire in Manahawkin

Manahawkin is a fast growing town and popular retirement community on New Jersey’s southern coast. It is directly across Barnegat Bay from Long Beach Island, barrier island and summer resort on the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing, boating, and beaches are excellent.

Although the official town population was only 2474 in the year 2015, Manahawkin is part of Stafford Township, which has more than 22,500 people. The township includes Manahawkin, Ocean Acres, Beachview, Cedar Run, Beach Haven West, and Mayetta. Active adults have been flocking to this area of New Jersey in order to find plentiful and inexpensive housing, proximity to Long Beach Island, a mild climate, and a more relaxed lifestyle.

Manahawkin is excellently situated at the crossroads of the Garden State Parkway, U.S. Route 9, and Rt 72. A series of 55+ and active seniors developments radiate along Rt 72, along with big box shopping closer to town. The medical community has taken note of the number of retirees; in fact it seems every office building contains some type of medical facility. Atlantic City and its casinos lie 33 miles to the south. Many other very nice beach towns, like Toms River and Brick, are in the area. Cape May, N.J. and its charming Victorian houses is within easy driving distance.

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Where to Retire in Manahawkin and Home Prices

Manahawkin and surrounding towns have a large number of 55+ and active adult communities (see link at top left). 

According to Zillow, the median listing price of a home here was $448,857 in early 2022.


What Is Special about Manahawkin

There is plenty of water everywhere for fishing, boating, swimming; wide range of inexpensive housing opportunities for those seeking a retirement community; convenient shopping and extensive medical infrastructure; mild climate year round; Long Beach Island and wonderful beaches; a generally relaxed lifestyle


What Is Not Special about Manahawkin

• It is not a pretty town, as it is mostly dominated by busy roads and big box stores • There is lot traffic in the summer • Over development is coming • Not for people looking for great charm or high-end communities

Who Will Like Retirement in Manahawkin

People of every description live in Manahawkin, including many young families. Many are retirees from northern New Jersey looking for a relaxed lifestyle and low-cost housing. For help on nearby towns like Ocean City.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, medical, real estate, retirement communities

Climate and Physical Environment

Manahawkin is in the southern New Jersey shore about 45 minutes along the Garden State Parkway north of Atlantic City. The ocean beaches do not get any better, there are many bays for boating and fishing. The Pine Barrens roll away from the ocean, which are undeveloped and pleasant. The climate is milder than the rest of inland New Jersey. Being near the ocean means warmer winters than inland.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

If you are looking for culture you should head to Atlantic City, New York, or Philadelphia,  which are each just over an hour away.



Crime rate is below average.


Medical Facilities

Manahawkin NJ and the surrounding area is loaded with medical facilities of all descriptions and types. Southern Ocean Community Hospital (Manahawkin), Community Memorial Hospital (Toms River), and Healthsouth Garden State Rehab Hosp. (Toms River).


Atlantic City Airport is about 50 minutes. Newark International Airport is 1 1/2 hours. Philadelphia Airport is about 1 1/2 hours. The Garden State Parkway bisects the town.

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