Retire in Barnegat

Best Retirement City - Barnegat

See why many believe that Barnegat is the best city to retire

Barnegat is classified as a township in Ocean City, New Jersey, and was originally named “Barendegat,” which has the meaning “inlet of the breakers,” and “surf cove.” Residents enjoy the wildlife of Barnegat which includes the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, and several campgrounds for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Locals who live in Barnegat enjoy easy access to New York, the Jersey shore, top-quality schools, as well as local arts and culture. Barnegat is a major center for transportation, as it connects to the Garden State Parkway and Route 72; additionally, Country Route 554 passes through Barnegat. The Barnegat Estates/Howardsville neighborhood is a very good choice for married couples with moderate income, but is not home to very many singles. Alternatively, Ocean Acres is well known for having the best schools in the area, as the Southern Regional School District is the best, and is a good choice for a neighborhood if your priority is education. Although the citizens of Barnegat enjoy the local culture and excellent schools, the cost of living in Barnegat is higher than the national average, and property taxes are high as well. Click the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Barnegat!

City Highlights

  1. Charming seaside community
  2. Easy access to New York City
  3. Safe neighborhoods

Potential Drawbacks

  1. High cost of living
  2. Not tax friendly

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 74,833

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Philadelphia, PA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Atlantic City International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Atlantic City International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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