Long Branch, a village of Ocean township, Monmouth co., New Jersey, on the New Jersey Southern railroad, 28 m. S. of New York, and 63 m. N. E. of Philadelphia; permanent population about 5,000. It is situated on the shore of the Atlantic, the beach affording admirable facilities for bathing, and is one of the most celebrated summer resorts in the country. Steamers ply several times a day during the season between New York and Sandy Hook, whence the distance by rail is 11 m. The New York and Long Branch railroad, connecting those points directly, was completed in November, 1874. The principal avenue, on which are the chief hotels and some fine cottages, runs along a bluff beneath which is the beach. Further back are numerous elegant summer residences, while the old village, containing the permanent residents, is about a mile from the shore. The Monmouth Park race course is about 4 m. inland, near the railroad track. Long Branch contains 13 first-class hotels, with accommodations for more than 5,000 guests, the largest one alone accommodating 1,200; a bank, a weekly newspaper (issuing a daily edition during the season), and five churches: Episcopal, Methodist, Reformed (two), and Roman Catholic. It is incorporated, and governed by six commissioners.