Introduction to Margate City, New Jersey

Margate City, New Jersey, in Atlantic county, is 30 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey and 55 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. About 8,193 people live in Margate City.

Margate City History

Originally known as South Atlantic City, Margate was chartered as a municipality in 1869. It was incorporated as the borough of South Atlantic City from portions of the Egg Harbor Township on September 7, 1885. It was reincorporated as a city on April 23, 1897, and then again under its current name in April 1909. The economic growth of the city began from 1881 after a restaurant-hotel was constructed in the shape of an elephant named Lucy. The statue of Lucy the Elephant is over 124 years old, and it is a very popular local tourist attraction.

Margate City and nearby Attractions

  • Brigantine Beach Historical Museum
  • Cape May County Park
  • Leaming's Run Gardens
  • Alice Paul Birthplace
  • Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Things To Do In Margate City

Local museums include the Brigantine Beach Historical Museum, the Cape May County Historical Museum and the Ocean Life Center, which provide information about the area’s past. Local parks include the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, the Berkeley Island County Park and Cape Henlopen State Park.

Margate City Transportation

Atlantic City International is the nearest major airport.

Margate City Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Atlantic Cape Community College, Camden County College and Gloucester County College.


Total Population 6,343
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 36.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,020
Age of the Population 60


% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43%
Median Earnings25+ $45,757
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,272


Median Family Income $100,300
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,122
Median House Value $484,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.7%
US/American 0.5%
English 4.7%
Irish 19.9%

Margate City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Atlantic
Standard Zip Codes 08402
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.327
Longitude -74.503

Margate 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 5.4 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 9.1 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 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Margate (08402)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Linwood 7,071 $108,565
Longport 949 $123,750
Northfield 8,616 $90,625
Pleasantville 20,436 $45,382
Somers Point 10,783 $63,988
Ventnor City 10,632 $64,318

Margate City Public Libraries

Margate City Public Library
Margate City, New Jersey
(609) 822-4700
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