Stafford Township is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean region of the state. This area is the gateway community to many of the resort areas on Long Beach Island. With Route 72 providing the only access road to Barnegat Bay, this area is widely traveled, by visitors from all over the world. Mostly a rural community, the downtown area of Manahawkin is the part of town that provides the most bustling growth. Stafford Square is the major shopping area and there are many other areas around town now that have blossomed into wonderful places to visit. Ocean County does offer easy access to many different areas to see, 50 miles east of Philadelphia, 70 miles south of New York City, 25 miles north of Atlantic City, and much of the Jersey Shore is included in this area this location offers a wonderful central area for many traveling options.