Manchester Township : New jersey


What It Is Like to Retire in Manchester Township

Manchester is a township in southeastern New Jersey that was formed from land formerly in Dover Township (now Toms River Township). The population is about 50,000 and includes Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the scene of the famed Hindenburg disaster.  This township in Ocean County is mostly suburban and includes portions of New Jersey's Pine Barrens.
Photo of Historical marker commemorating the site of the Hindenburg disaster in Manchester Township courtesy of Wikipedia and Mike Romano (public domain): photo of Manchester Township High School courtesy of Wikipedia and Apalm8, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Manchester Township and Home Prices

There are a number of active adult communities in Manchester Township including Cedar Glen Lakes, Cedar Glen West, Pine Ridge at Crestwood, Leisure Village West-Pine Lake Park,  and Leisure Knoll. To find out more about these developments use the Active Communities link at right on this page. You should also look in other nearby NJ towns in our Top Active Communities Directory.

Real Estate Prices
In early 2022, the median home value in Ocean County was $440,081 (  Prices within the large active adult communities will tend to be a bit higher than that.


What Is Special about Manchester Township

Manchester Township offers easy access to the beaches and bays of the Jersey Shore in relaxed Ocean County. There is a large concentration of active adult communities here as well as the medical and recreational infrastructure to support a 55+ population.

What Is Not Special about Manchester Township

Manchester Township is spread out and you need to drive everywhere. Traffic can become quite intense at times, particularly in the summer months. It lacks charm in parts.

Who Will Like Retirement in Manchester Township

People who want to retire near the Jersey Shore in a 55+ community will find much to like in Manchester Township.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, health care, and retirement are big contributors to the local economy. Toms River is the commercial capital.

Climate and Physical Environment

The Township is in southern New Jersey just inland from Toms River.  New Jersey's Pine Barrens run through the area. The average July high is 86. The average January high is 40 and the low is 22. The wettest month is August with 4.5 inches of rainfall.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Some of the established 55+ communities have cultural programs. Otherwise you might go to Toms River, New York City, or Atlantic City for your cultural kicks.


Manchester Township has a low crime rate.


Medical Facilities

This area has  a wide array of hospitals, rehab facilities, nursing homes, and medical professionals - all due to the presence of so many retirees. Toms River, Manahawkin, and Little Egg Harbor all have health care resources.


The Garden State Parkway runs through or close to Manchester Township. Philadelphia International and Newark are the closest big airports (where Amtrak is also available).

Valuable Links


New Jersey Directory of Active Adult Communities
New Jersey Retirement Guide


What people are saying about Manchester Township

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