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.

Camden Waterfront

  • 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.

Higher Education

Rutgers University, Rowan University and Camden County College have campuses in the city.


Total Population 76,904
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 8.4%
Employed Population 16+ 23,873
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 22.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8%
Median Earnings25+ $25,534
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,405
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,280


Median Family Income $29,911
% Above Poverty Level 60.1%
% Below Poverty Level 39.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.4%
% Using Public Transportation 14%


People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $874
Median House Value $84,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85.1%
US/American 0%
English 0.5%
Irish 1.5%

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

Camden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 3 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Camden
Standard Zip Codes 08102, 08103, 08104, 08105, 08106, 08107, 08108, 08109, 08110
P.O. Box Zip Codes 08101
Phone Area Codes 856
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.925
Longitude -75.12

Camden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Delair (08110)

East Camden (08105)

Haddon Township (08104, 08107, 08108)

South Camden (08104)

West Collingswood (08107)

Westmont (08108)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Audubon Park 1,010 $49,271
Collingswood 13,925 $86,432
Merchantville 3,793 $77,391
Oaklyn 4,004 $88,056
Woodlynne 2,970 $43,661

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

Camden Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

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