Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Introduction to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Atlantic City is situated on Absecon Island along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic County. The town is a popular destination due to its beaches, casino gambling and boardwalk. The street names from the popular Monopoly board game received their names from streets in Atlantic City.


The Lenni-Lenapes originally inhabited Absecon Island. An Englishman named Thomas Budd was the first owner of the island and arrived in the late 1670's. Jeramiah Leeds and his family are recognized as the initial settlers of Atlantic City and they established Leeds Plantation around 1785. Tourists began visiting the area after the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad was constructed. The first train reached the island in 1854. The island also became an active seaport. In 1870 the first road that connects the mainland with the island was completed. Soon, major luxurious hotels were being built to accommodate all the tourists. In 1880 Atlantic City had its formal opening with enormous fanfare. The first ocean side amusement pier in the world was constructed in the city in 1882.

After World War II ended, Atlantic City began to decline as a major tourist destination. The decline has been attributed to easy air travel to other destinations, people migrating to the West, desires for different types of entertainment and the deterioration of Atlantic City. In 1976 the Casino Gambling Referendum was approved and soon numerous casinos were built and the city again became a popular tourist destination.


Visitors can travel to Atlantic city from Philadelphia and South Jersey towns by the New Jersey Transit Atlantic City Line. New Jersey Transit and Greyhound offer bus transportation. The town is served by the Atlantic City International Airport. Some visitors utilize the Philadelphia International Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport.


  • Atlantic City Aquarium - Ocean Life Center.
  • Absecon Lighthouse offers excellent views of the shoreline.
  • Lucy the Elephant is a large structure and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Atlantic City Historical Museum showcases numerous exhibits.
  • Monopoly Monument.
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium.
  • Atlantic City Art Center.


Atlantic City is home to numerous gambling casinos including the Trump Taj Mahal, Caesars & Trump Plaza and the Borgata. The boardwalk features hotels, shops, resorts, casinos and other sites. An amusement park is situated on Steel Pier, which is located next to the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Garden Pier is recognized as the cultural center of the boardwalk. Atlantic City is situated along the shoreline and offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and surfing and enjoying the views.

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High Points

Atlantic City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Atlantic City Public Transportation Use
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Atlantic City Short Commute Times
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Atlantic City Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Atlantic City Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Atlantic City Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Atlantic City Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Atlantic City, New Jersey

Comparing Atlantic City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Senior Citizens 7 6
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Age of the Population 5 2
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Well-Paid Single Men 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 3
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
College Educated Adults 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 8 10
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 7 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 10
Housing Recently Built 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 1 1
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Atlantic City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Atlantic
Standard Zip Codes 08401, 08402, 08403, 08406
P.O. Box Zip Codes 08404
Company Zip Codes 08405
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.364
Longitude -74.423

Atlantic City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 41 F
Apr Temp 45 to 58 F
Jul Temp 70 to 81 F
Oct Temp 53 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 9.7 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 16.8 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
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Atlantic City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 40,517 100%
Male 19,852 49%
Female 20,665 51%
Under 18 10,427 25.7%
18+ 30,090 74.3%
65+ 5,734 14.2%
Median Age 34.7
Average Family Size 3.26
White 10,809 26.7%
African-American 17,892 44.2%
Asian 4,213 10.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 193 0.5%
Other 5,575 13.8%
Mixed Race 1,811 4.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 10,107 24.9%

Estimated Atlantic City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 40,368
Growth -149
Growth % -0.4%

Atlantic City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 77%
Italian 5.2%
Irish 3.9%
US/American 2.8%
German 1.6%
African 1.3%
Russian 1.1%
Polish 1.1%
English 1%
Greek 0.5%
Jamaican 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Liberian 0.3%
Scottish 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Margate (08402)
Ventnor (08406)
Ventnor Heights (08406)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Atlantic City 40,517 $31,997
Absecon 7,638 $61,563
Brigantine 12,594 $51,679
Galloway 31,209 $57,156
Margate City 8,193 $63,917
Pleasantville 19,012 $40,016
Ventnor City 12,910 $52,701

Atlantic City Public Libraries

Atlantic City Free Public Library
Atlantic City, New Jersey
(609) 345-2269
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Atlantic City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(609) 441-8020
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Atlantic City

(As of 2005)
Atlantic City, The Walk
120 North Michigan Avenue
Showboat Casino Elevator Lobby
801 Boardwalk
The Borgata
1 Borgata Way
Trump Plaza - Boardwalk
2600 Boardwalk
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Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

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Hotel Traymore 1908

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