Beach Haven is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, that is located on Long Beach Island (LBI) and borders the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,170, reflecting a decline of 108 (-8.5%) from the 1,278 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 197 (-13.4%) from the 1,475 counted in the 1990 Census.
Beach Haven was incorporated as a Borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 11, 1890, from portions of Eagleswood Township, based on the results of a referendum held five days earlier.
Beach Haven, known as the "Queen City," is a late 19th-century beachfront resort originally established in 1873 to house wealthy summer residents from Philadelphia. Although some of the major structures, including several hotels and a boardwalk, were lost to storms in the 1940s including the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, a large portion of the town retains its Victorian and Edwardian character. The Beach Haven Historic District listed in the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s, encompasses the most intact buildings at the core of the resort.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.320 square miles (6.010 km2), including 0.978 square miles (2.534 km2) of land and 1.342 square miles (3.476 km2) of water (57.84%).
The borough borders the Ocean County municipalities of Little Egg Harbor Township and Long Beach Township.
The 2010 United States Census counted 1,170 people, 531 households, and 301.077 families in the borough. The population density was 1,196.0 per square mile (461.8/km2). There were 2,667 housing units at an average density of 2,726.2 per square mile (1,052.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.65% (1,084) White, 0.34% (4) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.77% (9) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 5.90% (69) from other races, and 0.34% (4) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.91% (116) of the population.
The 531 households accounted 15.4% with children under the age of 18 living with them; 43.5% were married couples living together; 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. Of all households, 36.7% were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the borough, the population age was spread out with 13.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 34.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older.