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Overview

Introduction to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Atlantic City is situated on Absecon Island along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic County. The town is a popular destination due to its beaches, casino gambling and boardwalk. The street names from the popular Monopoly board game received their names from streets in Atlantic City.

History

The Lenni-Lenapes originally inhabited Absecon Island. An Englishman named Thomas Budd was the first owner of the island and arrived in the late 1670s. Jeramiah Leeds and his family are recognized as the initial settlers of Atlantic City and they established Leeds Plantation around 1785. Tourists began visiting the area after the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad was constructed. The first train reached the island in 1854. The island also became an active seaport. In 1870 the first road that connects the mainland with the island was completed. Soon, major luxurious hotels were being built to accommodate all the tourists. In 1880 Atlantic City had its formal opening with enormous fanfare. The first oceanside amusement pier in the world was constructed in the city in 1882.

After World War II ended, Atlantic City began to decline as a major tourist destination. The decline has been attributed to easy air travel to other destinations, people migrating to the West, desires for different types of entertainment and the deterioration of Atlantic City. In 1976 the Casino Gambling Referendum was approved and soon numerous casinos were built and the city again became a popular tourist destination.

Transportation

Visitors can travel to Atlantic city from Philadelphia and South Jersey towns by the New Jersey Transit Atlantic City Line. New Jersey Transit and Greyhound offer bus transportation. The town is served by the Atlantic City International Airport. Some visitors utilize the Philadelphia International Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Attractions

  • Atlantic City Aquarium - Ocean Life Center
  • Absecon Lighthouse offers excellent views of the shoreline
  • Lucy the Elephant is a large structure and is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Atlantic City Historical Museum showcases numerous exhibits
  • Monopoly Monument
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
  • Atlantic City Art Center

Activities

Atlantic City is home to numerous gambling casinos including the Trump Taj Mahal, Caesars & Trump Plaza and the Borgata. The boardwalk features hotels, shops, resorts, casinos and other sites. An amusement park is situated on Steel Pier, which is located next to the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Garden Pier is recognized as the cultural center of the boardwalk. Atlantic City is situated along the shoreline and offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and surfing and enjoying the views.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,306
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+15,054
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married28.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.2%
Median Earnings25+$23,010
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,841
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,310

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,809
% Above Poverty Level63.4%
% Below Poverty Level36.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work19.7%
% Using Public Transportation25.1%

Housing

People Living Alone38.7%
Median Gross Rent$854
Median House Value$182,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)75.1%
Italian4.1%
Irish3.8%
German2.4%
West Indian2.2%
African1.5%
Polish1.2%
English1.1%
Haitian0.9%
Jamaican0.9%
Russian0.5%
Guyanese0.5%
Liberian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Arab0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Dutch0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Czech0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Atlantic City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Atlantic County
Standard Zip Codes8401
P.O. Box Zip Codes8404
Company Zip Codes8405
Phone Area Codes609
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.36
Approximate Longitude-74.42

Atlantic City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationATLANTIC CITY MARINA
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp29 to 41 F
Apr Temp45 to 58 F
Jul Temp70 to 81 F
Oct Temp53 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationATLANTIC CITY AP
Distance9.7 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
StationTUCKERTON
Distance16.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Absecon8,438$71,821
Brigantine9,239$80,379
Galloway37,158$71,491
Margate City6,250$102,188
Pleasantville20,532$47,711
Ventnor City10,505$64,614

Atlantic City Public Libraries

Atlantic City Free Public Library
1 N. TENNESSEE AVENUE
Atlantic City, New Jersey
(609) 345-2269

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Atlantic City Hospitals

Acuity Specialty Hospital Of New Jersey
(Proprietary)
1925 Pacific Avenue 5th Floor
(609) 441-2122
John Brooks Recovery Center - Resident Drug Treatment (men)
(Proprietary)
1315 Pacific Avenue
(609) 345-4035
Atlanticare Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1925 Pacific Avenue
(609) 345-4000
John Brooks Recovery Center - Resident Drug Treatment (women)
(Proprietary)
20 South Tennessee Avenue
(609) 345-2433

Atlantic City Public Schools

Atlantic City Community Charter School
200 North Texas Ave
ZIP: 8401
(609) 541-3149
Primary
Total Enrollment 150
Atlantic City High School
1400 N Albany Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7300
High
Total Enrollment 2010
Brighton Avenue School
30 N. Brighton Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-3150
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
Chelsea Heights School
4101 Filbert Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7272
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Complex
1700 Marmora Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7380
Primary
Total Enrollment 679
New York Avenue School
411 N New York Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7280
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Pennsylvania Ave School
201 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7290
Primary
Total Enrollment 604
Richmond Avenue School
4115 Ventnor Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7250
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Sovereign Avenue School
3205 Arctic Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7260
Primary
Total Enrollment 734
Texas Avenue School
2523 Arctic Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7350
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Uptown School Complex
323 Madison Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 344-8809
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Venice Park School
1601 N Penrose Avenue
ZIP: 8401
(609) 343-7270
Primary
Total Enrollment 90

Atlantic City Private Schools

New Hope Christian Academy/robinson Small Lrng Ctr
715 Baltic Ave
ZIP: 8401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Our Lady Star Of The Sea Regional
15 N California Ave
ZIP: 8401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 200
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Historic Atlantic City

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Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

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Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

Savoy Hotel between 1900 and 1905

Hotel Traymore 1908

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