Lakehurst is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,654, reflecting an increase of 132 (+5.2%) from the 2,522 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 556 (-18.1%) from the 3,078 counted in the 1990 Census.
Lakehurst was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1921, from portions of Manchester Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 24, 1921. The borough is named for its location near lakes and woods.
The community of Lakehurst first reached international fame as a winter resort around the turn of the 20th century, following the opening of the Pine Tree Inn in 1898. In 1911, the rope factory in the town burned down, prompting the formation of a volunteer fire department.
The Hindenburg disaster, occurred on May 6, 1937, the German zeppelin Hindenburg arriving from Frankfurt am Main caught fire at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located in Manchester Township (not in the borough of Lakehurst).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.008 square miles (2.610 km2), including 0.915 square miles (2.370 km2) of land and 0.093 square miles (0.240 km2) of water (9.20%).
The borough's lake, Lake Horicon, existed prior to 1942, as clearly shown in aerial photographs from 1940 and 1931 and topographical maps from 1912. The cedar water lake remains stream-fed.
Lakehurst is completely surrounded by Manchester Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lakehurst has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
The 2010 United States Census counted 2,654 people, 881 households, and 661.631 families in the borough. The population density was 2,900.8 per square mile (1,120.0/km2). There were 943 housing units at an average density of 1,030.7 per square mile (398.0/km2). The racial makeup was 77.24% (2,050) White, 10.81% (287) Black or African American, 0.64% (17) Native American, 2.11% (56) Asian, 0.23% (6) Pacific Islander, 3.65% (97) from other races, and 5.31% (141) from two or more races.