Introduction to Absecon, New Jersey

Absecon, New Jersey is 28 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey and 50 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is in Atlantic county.

Absecon History

Lenni-Lenape Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this area. The name Absecon was derived from the Indian word Absegami, meaning bay or little water. Capt. Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, a Dutchman, came to this area in 1614 and named it Eyren Haven. A dam was constructed in the area in 1780, and in 1832, the Native Americans ceded all land to the State of New Jersey. Absecon received its current name in 1841. It was incorporated as a town on February 29, 1872, and reincorporated as a city on March 24, 1902.

Absecon and nearby Attractions

  • Absecon Wildlife Management Area
  • Brigantine Beach Historical Museum
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
  • New Jersey State Aquarium

Things To Do In Absecon

The Brigantine Beach Historical Museum and the Noyes Museum of Art display artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history and culture of the area. Absecon offers access to historic sites like the Betsy Ross House, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site. The Lebanon State Forest, spread across 32,000 acres, includes the Cedar Swamp Natural Area. Island Beach State Park, located on a barrier island between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, offers swimming, fishing, canoeing and hiking opportunities. The Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo and Leaming's Run Gardens are some of the other attractions in the area. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the 18-hole Galloway National Golf Club.

Absecon Transportation

Atlantic City International is the closest major airport.

Absecon Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College and Burlington County College.

Absecon Almanac

County Atlantic County
Standard Zip Codes8201, 8205
Phone Area Codes609
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.42
Approximate Longitude-74.49

Absecon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp23 to 42 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
Distance36.8 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp41 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 68 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Absecon Public Libraries

Absecon Public Library
Absecon, New Jersey
(609) 646-2228

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Absecon Public Schools

Emma C Attales
800 Irelan Avenue
ZIP: 8201
(609) 641-5375
Total Enrollment 369
H Ashton Marsh
800 Irelan Ave
ZIP: 8201
(609) 641-5375
Total Enrollment 459

Absecon Private Schools

Holy Spirit High School
500 S New Rd
ZIP: 8201
Total Enrollment 609
Assumption Regional Catholic School
146 S Pitney Rd
ZIP: 8205
Total Enrollment 297
Champion Baptist Academy
512 S Pitney Rd
ZIP: 8205
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Highland Academy
600 E Moss Mill Rd
ZIP: 8205
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
Jersey Shore Baptist Academy
216 S Wrangleboro Rd
ZIP: 8205
Total Enrollment 4
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