Introduction to Absecon, New Jersey

Absecon, New Jersey is 28 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey and 50 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is in Atlantic county. The population of the city is 7,638.

Absecon History

Lenni-Lenape Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this area. The name Absecon was derived from the Indian word Absegami, meaning bay or little water. Capt. Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, a Dutchman, came to this area in 1614 and named it Eyren Haven. A dam was constructed in the area in 1780, and in 1832, the Native Americans ceded all land to the State of New Jersey. Absecon received its current name in 1841. It was incorporated as a town on February 29, 1872, and reincorporated as a city on March 24, 1902.

Absecon and nearby Attractions

  • Absecon Wildlife Management Area
  • Brigantine Beach Historical Museum
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
  • New Jersey State Aquarium

Things To Do In Absecon

The Brigantine Beach Historical Museum and the Noyes Museum of Art display artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history and culture of the area. Absecon offers access to historic sites like the Betsy Ross House, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site. The Lebanon State Forest, spread across 32,000 acres, includes the Cedar Swamp Natural Area. Island Beach State Park, located on a barrier island between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, offers swimming, fishing, canoeing and hiking opportunities. The Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo and Leaming's Run Gardens are some of the other attractions in the area. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the 18-hole Galloway National Golf Club.

Absecon Transportation

Atlantic City International is the closest major airport.

Absecon Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College and Burlington County College.


Total Population 8,394
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,118
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 50.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.8%
Median Earnings25+ $40,239
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,373
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,782


Median Family Income $70,951
% Above Poverty Level 95.1%
% Below Poverty Level 4.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,312
Median House Value $206,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.8%
Irish 27.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Absecon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Atlantic
Standard Zip Codes 08201, 08205
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.428
Longitude -74.496

Absecon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 36.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Absecon, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Absecon City (08201)

Absecon Heights (08201)

Absecon Highlands (08201)

Galloway Township (08201, 08205)

Pinehurst (08201)

Smithville (08201, 08205)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantic City 39,547 $30,881
Galloway 37,431 $70,444
Northfield 8,597 $87,159
Pleasantville 20,518 $45,757
Port Republic 996 $88,750
Ventnor City 10,593 $67,234

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Absecon Public Libraries

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Absecon High Schools

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Serves 2,144 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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