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Overview

Introduction to Wildwood, New Jersey

Wildwood, New Jersey, in Cape May county, is 36 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center) and 69 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wildwood is situated on the southern shore of New Jersey and is a popular tourist resort during the summer months. It's located on a barrier island. The city is well known for its large free beach area, boardwalk and doo-wop style hotels and motels. The population swells during the summer.

Wildwood's beaches have been mentioned in the Travel Channel's "America's Best Beaches." The well known song "Rock Around the Clock" regarded as one of of the first Rock and Roll songs was first performed at the HofBrau Hotel in Wildwood by Bill Haley & His Comets. The city is known as the "Doo-wop Capital."

Wildwood History

The Lenni-Lenapes Indians made trails and utilized the area. After the Indians left the region the land was used to graze horses and cattle. The animals were transported to the island by boats. In 1870 fisherman constructed shacks on the island and are regarded as the initial non-native settlers. Modern Wildwood began in 1885 when the Holly Beach Borough was incorporated.

Wildwood was incorporated in 1912. The city is known for its large number of doo-wop motels which were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s. The motels are distinctive with their neon signs and unusual architecture. However, many of the motels have been torn down and replaced with condominiums.

Wildwood Attractions

  • Ultimate Frisbee tournament
  • Boardwalk Chapel
  • Wildwood International Kite Festival
  • Wildwood Crest Memorial Museum
  • George F. Boyer Historical Museum
  • Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
  • Scoop Taylor Park
  • National Marbles Hall of Fame
  • Sunset Lake and Turtle Gut Park and Memorial
  • Wildwood Boat Show and Fishing Expo
  • Historic Town Hall
  • Convention Center
  • Cape May Zoo

Wildwood Activities

Wildwood features a wide variety of entertainment. At night the Irish pubs, saloons, sports bars, nightclubs and dance clubs are filled with people. The popular Wildwood Boardwalk includes four amusement piers and features numerous rides and attractions, including the Morey's Piers amusement complex and Raging Waters. The popular boardwalk offers a trolley for transportation. Splash Zone Water Park provides a good time for residents and visitors. Wildwood features one of the oldest wood roller coasters in the nation.

Wildwood is known for its white-sand beaches. The Inlet, located at the entrance to North Wildwood and Diamond Beach are two of the popular beaches. The town features a variety of festivals and special events that families enjoy including food festivals, craft events, doo-wop festivals, a variety of concerts, sporting events and parades. The "Fabulous 50's Weekend" attracts a large crowd. Movie nights on the beach, Irish Weekend and the Firefighters parade are popular events.

The area is well known for fishing and water sports. The western side of the island includes a large number of boat ramps located at the end of streets. Visitors enjoy taking sightseeing boat cruises. Golf enthusiasts have opportunities to play at the numerous quality courses. The doo-wop trolly tour is enjoyed by tourists. The city is home to numerous cheerleading, wrestling, gymnastics, dance and basketball tournaments.

Wildwood Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Atlantic City International Airport.

People

Total Population 5,234
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 1,700
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $27,152
% Above Poverty Level 70.9%
% Below Poverty Level 29.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.5%
% Using Public Transportation 9.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.6%
Median Gross Rent $848
Median House Value $223,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.7%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 22.8%

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

Wildwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Cape May
Standard Zip Codes 08260
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.991
Longitude -74.815

Wildwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CAPE MAY 2 NW
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 60 F
Jul Temp 67 to 84 F
Oct Temp 49 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches
Station BELLEPLAIN ST FOREST
Distance 18.1 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
Station ATLANTIC CITY AP
Distance 34.4 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Anglesea (08260)

Grassy Sound (08260)

Shaw Crest (08260)

Wildwood City (08260)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cape May 3,553 $96,818
North Wildwood 3,957 $54,023
Stone Harbor 875 $98,750
West Cape May 966 $65,000
West Wildwood 448 $56,667
Wildwood Crest 3,227 $67,083

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

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Wildwood High Schools

WILDWOOD HIGH
4300 PACIFIC AVE
609-522-7922
Serves 315 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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Historic Wildwood

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Wildwood (Hotel Seaside) between 1900 and 1910

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Wildwood (Hotel Seaside) between 1900 and 1910

Sheldon Hotel between 1900 and 1915

Edgeton Inn between 1900 and 1915

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