Brick Township was formed from portions of two adjacent townships of Dover and Howell and was officially incorporated in 1850 by an act of the New Jersey legislature. The township is located on the mainland, but its beaches are situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, which is a long narrow barrier that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Brick Township, or as it is commonly referred to by locals, "Bricktown," has an estimated population of 78,232, making it the second most populous municipality in Ocean County behind Toms River Township.
Citizens of the township take pride in their beaches for the economic resources they bring to the area. They care for the environment in their town and beaches with one of the longest running, all volunteer Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweep. Running since 1985, it is a bi-annual cleanup that includes beaches and shore areas, and is one of the longest running cleanups in the world. Since its inception, over 120,000 hours have been donated and have resulted in millions of pieces of debris removed from New Jersey's beaches and waterways.
Out of 371 cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey, Bricktown, after hovering for years in the top five, finally earned the title of America's Safest City in 2006. Since the year 2000, Brick Township has been the safest city with a population of over 75,000 in New Jersey. In 2003 and 2004, Brick Township was ranked as the second safest city in the United States after Newton, Massachusetts.