Introduction to Brigantine, New Jersey

Brigantine, New Jersey, in Atlantic county, is 35 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey and 56 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is in the Atlantic - Cape May area.

Brigantine History

Brigantine was initially incorporated as the Brigantine Beach Borough on June 14, 1890. However, it went through further reincorporations in 1897 and 1914, until it was finally incorporated as the City of Brigantine on March 16, 1924. The name "Brigantine" probably came from a 15th century ship that was wrecked on the offshore shoals near this area. During the American Revolutionary War, shipbuilding and salt manufacturing became the primary activities. In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, there was an attempt at a large scale development of this city. Railroads were built and automobile access to the island was made possible.

Brigantine and nearby Attractions

  • Brigantine City Hall
  • Brigantine Beach Historical Museum
  • Peter Beach
  • Absecon State Wildlife Management Areas
  • Brigantine Country Club
  • Leaming's Run Gardens

Things To Do In Brigantine

While in Brigantine, one can visit the Brigantine Lighthouse and other historical buildings, like the city hall and the local museum. Being a coastal area, there are two very popular beaches here, Peter Beach and Brigantine Beach, where one can enjoy a variety of sand and water sports. Though Brigantine Beach was once a spot for whalers to catch migrating whales, Brigantine is now home to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center where sick and injured whales, dolphins, sea turtles and seals are given assistance. The Brigantine Wildlife Refuge and the Absecon State Wildlife Management Areas are a safe haven for rabbits, birds, and foxes. To spend a quiet day out, one can also visit the Brigantine Country Club or the Leaming's Run Gardens.

Brigantine Transportation

The Atlantic City International Airport is close to Brigantine.

Brigantine Higher Education

Colleges offering higher education to residents of Brigantine include The Richard Stockton College Of New Jersey and the Atlantic Cape Community College.


Total Population 9,347
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 26%
Employed Population 16+ 4,431
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 51.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $79,330
% Above Poverty Level 88.1%
% Below Poverty Level 11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 6%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $1,245
Median House Value $364,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 6.5%
Irish 30.5%

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

Brigantine Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles E of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Atlantic
Standard Zip Codes 08203
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.41
Longitude -74.365

Brigantine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.1 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 11.1 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 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Brigantine City (08203)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Absecon 8,394 $70,951
Atlantic City 39,547 $30,881
Galloway 37,431 $70,444
Margate City 6,304 $104,762
Pleasantville 20,518 $45,757
Ventnor City 10,593 $67,234

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

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