Introduction to Camden, New Jersey
Camden is situated in Camden County and located across the Delaware River from the city of Philadelphia. The government, the healthcare industry and education are the primary employers. A large number of employees live in the close by suburbs and commute to the city for work. The municipality is home to the headquarters of Campbell Soup.
The Camden Waterfront Area has been revitalized. The Port of Camden is a prominent location for transporting international and domestic cargo. Camden has a high crime rate and based on annual surveys by Morgan Quinto Corporation is considered to be one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.
Fort Nassau was constructed in the area by the Dutch West India Company in 1626. During the seventeenth century settlers from Europe continued to arrive and expand the community. The economy of Camden benefited from trade with the thriving city of Philadelphia. In 1834 the Camden and Ambroy Railroad arrived which caused a notable increase in the population and became a significant factor for the economy. The railroad brought passengers to the Camden shoreline where they were transported to Philadelphia by ferries.
Camden became a prominent center for industry, however during the 20th century the manufacturing companies relocated to other areas and the population declined. From 1901 to 1929 Camden was home to the headquarters of RCA Victor, which produced more phonographs and records than any company in the world for approximately the first two-thirds of the 20th century. During World War II the New York Ship Building Company, situated in Camden was one of the biggest shipyards in the entire world. Campbell Soup provided a large number of jobs in Camden.
- Adventure Aquarium.
- Susquehanna Bank Center is a large open air amphitheater and is popular for concerts. During the cold months it converts into an enclosed theater and provides Broadway shows, family style entertainment and a variety of concerts.
- Campbell's Field is home to the Camden River Sharks minor league baseball team.
- USS New Jersey is a former United States Navy battle ship that is now a museum.
- Wiggins Park Riverstage and Marina.
- Walt Whitman House is a National Historic Landmark and includes his personal belongings and old photographs.
- One Port Center.
- The Victor Lofts.
- Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center.
- Camden Children's Center.
- Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts.
- South Jersey Performing Arts Center.
- Independence Seaport Museum provides demonstrations of boat building.
The city is served by the Philadelphia International Airport. The PATCO Speedline provides train service to Philadelphia and nearby suburbs. New Jersey Transit's River Line provides light rail transportation north of the city and ends in Trenton. New Jersey Transit bus service takes passengers to Philadelphia.
Rutgers University, Rowan University and Camden County College have campuses in the city.