Introduction to Camden, New Jersey

Camden is situated in Camden County and located across the Delaware River from the city of Philadelphia. The government, the healthcare industry and education are the primary employers. A large number of employees live in the close by suburbs and commute to the city for work. The municipality is home to the headquarters of Campbell Soup.

The Camden Waterfront Area has been revitalized. The Port of Camden is a prominent location for transporting international and domestic cargo. Camden has a high crime rate and based on annual surveys by Morgan Quinto Corporation is considered to be one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.


Fort Nassau was constructed in the area by the Dutch West India Company in 1626. During the seventeenth century settlers from Europe continued to arrive and expand the community. The economy of Camden benefited from trade with the thriving city of Philadelphia. In 1834 the Camden and Ambroy Railroad arrived which caused a notable increase in the population and became a significant factor for the economy. The railroad brought passengers to the Camden shoreline where they were transported to Philadelphia by ferries.

Camden became a prominent center for industry, however during the 20th century the manufacturing companies relocated to other areas and the population declined. From 1901 to 1929 Camden was home to the headquarters of RCA Victor, which produced more phonographs and records than any company in the world for approximately the first two-thirds of the 20th century. During World War II the New York Ship Building Company, situated in Camden was one of the biggest shipyards in the entire world. Campbell Soup provided a large number of jobs in Camden.

Camden Waterfront

  • Adventure Aquarium.
  • Susquehanna Bank Center is a large open air amphitheater and is popular for concerts. During the cold months it converts into an enclosed theater and provides Broadway shows, family style entertainment and a variety of concerts.
  • Campbell's Field is home to the Camden River Sharks minor league baseball team.
  • USS New Jersey is a former United States Navy battle ship that is now a museum.
  • Wiggins Park Riverstage and Marina.
  • Walt Whitman House is a National Historic Landmark and includes his personal belongings and old photographs.
  • One Port Center.
  • The Victor Lofts.
  • Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center.
  • Camden Children's Center.
  • Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts.
  • South Jersey Performing Arts Center.
  • Independence Seaport Museum provides demonstrations of boat building.


The city is served by the Philadelphia International Airport. The PATCO Speedline provides train service to Philadelphia and nearby suburbs. New Jersey Transit's River Line provides light rail transportation north of the city and ends in Trenton. New Jersey Transit bus service takes passengers to Philadelphia.

Higher Education

Rutgers University, Rowan University and Camden County College have campuses in the city.

Camden Almanac

CountyCamden County
Standard Zip Codes08103, 08102, 08105, 08104
P.O. Box Zip Codes8101
Phone Area Codes6,09,856
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.94
Approximate Longitude-75.11

Camden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp25 to 41 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp41 to 66 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip47.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Camden Hospitals

Virtua West Jersey Hospital - Camden
1000 Atlantic Avenue
(856) 246-3000
South Jersey Health Care Center
2 Cooper Plaza
(856) 342-7600
Our Lady Of Lourdes Medical Center
1600 Haddon Avenue
(856) 757-3500
The Cooper University Hospital
1 Cooper Plaza
(856) 342-2000

Camden Public Schools

Camden Community Charter School
9th & Linden Streets
ZIP: 8102
(856) 635-0310
Total Enrollment 398
Cooper's Poynt Family School
201 State Street
ZIP: 8102
(856) 966-5370
Total Enrollment 428
Environment Community Opportunity (eco) Charter School
817 Carpenter Street, Bridgeview Complex
ZIP: 8102
(856) 963-2627
Total Enrollment 221
Leap Academy University Charter School
549 Cooper Street
ZIP: 8102
(856) 614-0400
Total Enrollment 1378
Pyne Poynt Middle School
800 Erie Street
ZIP: 8102
(856) 966-5360
Total Enrollment 179
Rafael Cordero Molina Elementary School
601 Vine Street
ZIP: 8102
(856) 966-8970
Total Enrollment 447
Camden High School
1700 Park Boulevard
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-5100
Total Enrollment 695
City Invincible Charter School
836 S. 4th St.
ZIP: 8103
(856) 342-9500
Cooper B. Hatch Family School
1875 Park Boulevard
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-5122
Total Enrollment 272
Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School
1626 Copewood Street
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-2500
Total Enrollment 213
Dr. Ulysses S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab School
400 Mount Vernon Street
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-5120
Total Enrollment 578
Early Childhood Development Center
1602 Pine Street
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-4171
Total Enrollment 437
Forest Hill School
1625 Wildwood Avenue
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-8930
Total Enrollment 321
Hope Community Cs
836 S. 4th Street
ZIP: 8103
(856) 379-3448
Total Enrollment 170
John Greenleaf Whittier Family School
740 Chestnut Street
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-8999
Total Enrollment 290
Kipp Cooper Norcross Academy At Lanning Square
465 Berkeley Street
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-9600
Total Enrollment 104
Knowledge A To Z Charter School
1725 Park Boulevard
ZIP: 8103
(856) 365-1000
Total Enrollment 320
Met East High School
1656 Kaighn Avenue
ZIP: 8103
(856) 966-5223
Total Enrollment 152
Charles Sumner Elementary School
1600 South 8th Street
ZIP: 8104
(856) 966-8908
Total Enrollment 452
Creative Arts Village Academy
990 Morgan Boulevard
ZIP: 8104
(856) 966-6267
Total Enrollment 370
D.u.e. Season Charter School
1000 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor
ZIP: 8104
(856) 225-0511
Freedom Prep Charter School
1000 Atlantic Avenue
ZIP: 8104
(856) 962-0766
Total Enrollment 666
Henry B. Wilson Family School
2250 South 8th Street
ZIP: 8104
(856) 966-3961
Total Enrollment 612
Henry L. Bonsall Family School
1575 Mount Ephraim Avenue
ZIP: 8104
(856) 966-5088
Total Enrollment 377
Riletta Twyne Cream Family School
1875 Mulford Street
ZIP: 8104
(856) 966-4760
Total Enrollment 373
Uncommon Schools
1500 South 8th St
ZIP: 8104
(856) 379-4488
Total Enrollment 70
Yorkship Elementary School
1251 Collings Road
ZIP: 8104
(856) 966-5110
Total Enrollment 572
Alfred Cramer College Preparatory Lab School
2800 Mickle Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-8910
Total Enrollment 471
Camden Academy Charter High School
879 Beideman Avenue
ZIP: 8105
(856) 365-1000
Total Enrollment 466
Camden's Pride Charter School
879 Beideman Ave
ZIP: 8105
(856) 365-1000
Total Enrollment 239
Camden's Promise Charter School
879 Beideman Avenue
ZIP: 8105
(856) 365-1000
Total Enrollment 465
Dr. Henry H. Davis Elementary School
3425 Cramer Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-8920
Total Enrollment 487
East Camden Middle School
3064 Stevens Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-5111
Total Enrollment 215
Francis X. Mcgraw Elementary School
3051 Fremont Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-8960
Total Enrollment 297
Harry C. Sharp Elementary School
928 North 32nd Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-8988
Total Enrollment 363
Octavio V. Catto Family School
3100 Westfield Ave
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-4097
Total Enrollment 566
Thomas H. Dudley Family School
2250 Berwick Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 365-0636
Total Enrollment 602
Veterans Memorial Family School
800 North 26th Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-5090
Total Enrollment 490
Woodrow Wilson High School
3100 Federal Street
ZIP: 8105
(856) 966-5300
Total Enrollment 905
Mastery Schools Of Camden
800 Erie St
ZIP: 8108
(215) 866-9000
Total Enrollment 368

Camden Private Schools

Holy Name School
700 N 5th St
ZIP: 8102
Total Enrollment 174
St Anthony Of Padua School
2824 River Rd
ZIP: 8105
Total Enrollment 205
St Joseph Pro-cathedral School
2907 Federal St
ZIP: 8105
Total Enrollment 266
Urban Promise Academy
27 N 36th St
ZIP: 8105
Total Enrollment 46
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