Spring Lake Heights is a borough located in the southern coastal portion of Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,713, reflecting a decline of 514 (-9.8%) from the 5,227 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 114 (-2.1%) from the 5,341 counted in the 1990 Census.
The borough of Spring Lake Heights was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 19, 1927, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1927. The borough was named for Spring Lake, which was named for a clear spring-fed lake.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Spring Lake Heights as its 28th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.309 square miles (3.391 km2), including 1.284 square miles (3.325 km2) of land and 0.025 square miles (0.066 km2) of water (1.95%).
Wreck Pond is a tidal pond located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Wall Township and the boroughs of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Sea Girt. The Wreck Pond watershed covers about 12.8 square miles (33 km2) in eastern Monmouth County.
The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Wall Township.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Villa Park.
The 2010 United States Census counted 4,713 people, 2,316 households, and 1,202.004 families in the borough. The population density was 3,671.3 per square mile (1,417.5/km2). There were 2,972 housing units at an average density of 2,315.1 per square mile (893.9/km2). The racial makeup was 96.61% (4,553) White, 0.64% (30) Black or African American, 0.15% (7) Native American, 1.08% (51) Asian, 0.02% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.47% (22) from other races, and 1.04% (49) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.29% (155) of the population.
Of the 2,316 households, 17.1% had children under the age of 18; 40.3% were married couples living together; 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present and 48.1% were non-families. Of all households, 41.7% were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.82.
16.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older.