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 1670s. 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 oceanside 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.


Total Population 39,547
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 14,928
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 28.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $23,229
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,586
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,818


Median Family Income $30,881
% Above Poverty Level 63.1%
% Below Poverty Level 36.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 19%
% Using Public Transportation 26.9%


People Living Alone 38.9%
Median Gross Rent $844
Median House Value $198,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.2%
US/American 0%
English 1.1%
Irish 3.8%

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

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Absecon 8,394 $70,951
Brigantine 9,347 $79,330
Galloway 37,431 $70,444
Margate City 6,304 $104,762
Pleasantville 20,518 $45,757
Ventnor City 10,593 $67,234

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

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Historic Atlantic City


Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

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Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

Savoy Hotel between 1900 and 1905

Hotel Traymore 1908

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