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Margate City

City of Margate City

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Atlantic County
    Margate City
      County FIPS: 
    39°19′51″N 74°30′25″W
      Area total: 
    1.63 sq mi (4.22 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.42 sq mi (3.67 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.21 sq mi (0.56 km²)
    7 ft (2 m)
    Incorporated September 7, 1885 (as Borough of South Atlantic City ) Re; Incorporated April 23, 1897 (as city) Renamed April 20, 1909 (as Margate City )
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,754.9 residents per square mile of area (1,449.8/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city's population was 6,354, reflecting a decline of 1,839 (22.4%) from the 8,193 counted in the 2000 census. The city is located on Absecon Island, which stretches for 8.1 miles (13.0 km) The city stretches about eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town. Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer. It is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot (20 m) wooden elephant, and of Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame. It borders Atlantic City and Longport on the northeast, and Ventnor City on the southwest. It was originally incorporated as the borough of South Atlantic City by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 7, 1885, from portions of Egg Harbor Township. In 1897, it was reincorporated with the name Margate City on April 20, 1909, and was named for Margate in Kent, England. It has a population of 5,317, down from 8,431 in the 1990 census, which had in turn declined by 238 (2.8%) from 9,431 counted in 1990 census. In 2010, the median household income was $66,667 (with a margin of error of +/ $7,735) and the median family income of $90,625 (+/ $6,808). Males had a median age of $81,790 (+/$11,790) versus $61,179/ $11,593) for females.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 1.63 square miles (4.22 km²) of land and 0.22 square miles of water (13.19%).Margate City borders Longport and Ventnor City. The city is located on the East River, which runs through the center of the city. It has a population of about 2,000. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S., with more than 1,000 residents per square mile (3,000 per km²), according to the 2010 Census. It also has the highest percentage of people living in poverty, at 1.7% of the total population, compared to 1.4% in New York City and 1.3% in Philadelphia. The town's population was 2,071 in the 2010 census, up from 2,068 in the 1990s and 2,084 in the 1950s, according to Census Bureau figures. It was the most populous city in the state in the early 1990s, ahead of Longport, which had 1,077 residents, and had the lowest percentage of residents in the late 1990s. It had the highest rate of homeownership in the county, with 1.8% of residents living in the year 2000. The highest percentage was in 2007, at 2.7%. The city's population has been declining since the 1970s and 1980s, when it was at 1,788.


As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,193 people, 3,984 households, and 2,302 families residing in the city. The median household income was $66,667 (with a margin of error of +/ $7,735) and the median family Income was $90,625 (+/ $6,808) In the city the population was spread out, with 15.4% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 34.1% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The racial makeup of the city was 95.73% White, 0.87% African American, 0.02% Native American, 1.56% Asian,0.07% Pacific Islander, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71% of the population. The per capita income for the borough was $50,328 (+/$7,450). About 8.4%. of families and 9.1%. of the residents were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3%. of those age 65 or over. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 87.1 males. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was2.64. The city's population was 6,354 as of the 2010 United States census.

Parks and recreation

Many houses in Margate are second homes used during the summer, and a considerable number are owned by year-round residents. Unlike in other places, such as Cape May or Ocean City, where many visitors spend a few nights in a hotel, Margate has no hotels, so most of the people who choose this town are regulars. Margate City Beach Patrol operates lifeguard stands and beach patrol operations for the Margate beaches. Lucy the Elephant, the "largest elephant in the world," is the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the U.S. Over 130 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of fans each year.Margate is host to many bayside docks providing the casual fisherman hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Local charter boats offer sport and deep sea fishing. The Margate farmers' market is held every Thursday during summer months. Shoppers can purchase local produce and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The city's many marinas offer docks for lease, equipment rentals, fuel stations and fishing charters. The beaches are not free. Beachgoers must purchase a seasonal or weekly tag to enjoy the beach. Seasonal badges can be purchased preseason at a reduced rate. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy,Margate voters will consider a referendum that would allow the city to participate in a program operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under which dunes would be constructed on the city's beaches, which would be intended to alleviate beach erosion and provide storm protection to Margate.


Margate City has operated under the Walsh Act commission form of municipal government since 1911. The governing body is comprised of three commissioners, who are elected at-large to four-year terms of office on a non-partisan basis. Atlantic County is governed by a directly elected county executive and a nine-member Board of County Commissioners, responsible for legislation. As of 2022, Atlantic County's Executive is Republican Dennis Levinson, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Jeff Van Drew (R, Dennis Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term end 2025). For the 2022-2023 session, the 2nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented. by Vincent J. Polistina (R, Egg Harbor Township) and in the General Assembly by Don Guardian (R, Atlantic City) and Claire Swift (R), both of whom are serving concurrent terms. The city is one of 30 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that useCommission form of government. The mayor is selected from among the three elected Commissioners by a vote between them and assigned to the office by resolution. The county's constitutional officers are:  County Clerk Joesph J. Giralo (R) and Sheriff Eric Scheffler (D, 2024, Northfield) The city's population in 2010 was 78.4% (vs. 58.8% in Atlantic County).


Public school students from Margate City attend Atlantic City High School in Atlantic City. Catholic high school students choose from Holy Spirit High School, St. Augustine College Preparatory School located in Richland or Our Lady of Mercy Academy located in Newfield. City public school students are also eligible to attend the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township or the Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts, located in Somers Point. The district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 351 students and 48.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 7.2:1. Schools in the district (with 2018-2019 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) areWilliam H. Ross III Elementary School 169 students in grades K4 andEugene A. Tighe Middle School with 181 students ingrades 58. In 2017, Eugene A. Tigere Middle School was awarded a National Blue Ribbon from the United States Department of Education. The school was closed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden in June 2008 and merged with St. James of Ventnor to form Holy Family Regional School. It was a Catholic school serving students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade that had been operated in connection with the Blessed Sacrament Church. The Catholic school was shut down by the diocese in June 2009 and replaced by Holy Spirit Regional School, which was opened in 2010. The high school had anrollment of 1,796 students and 153.0 classroom teachers as of the 2018-2019 school year.


As of May 2010, the city had a total of 42.53 miles (68.45 km) of roadways. No Interstate, U.S. or state highways directly serve Margate City. The most significant roadways are county roads.NJ Transit provides bus service on the 505 route between Longport and Atlantic City. There is also a privately owned and operated toll-bridge which connects Margate to the mainland, towards Egg Harbor Township and Northfield. The city is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey Bay to New Jersey Beach. It is also on the Delaware River, which connects New Jersey to the Atlantic Ocean and the mainland. The New Jersey State Highway System runs from Atlantic City to Longport. There are no state or federal highways directly serving the city, but a number of county roads and private toll-bridges connect the city to Atlantic City, Longport, Northfield, Egg Harbor and Ventnor. The municipality maintains 39.98 miles (64.34 km) in roadways, while Atlantic County maintains 2.55 miles (4.10 km) In 2010, there were more than 40,000 vehicles on the city's roads, making it one of the largest cities in New Jersey in terms of number of vehicles per square mile (1,000 km) The city has a population of 3,000. It has a total population of 4,000, with the majority of its residents living in and around Margate.


Margate City has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with hot, moderately humid summers, cool winters and year-around precipitation. The plant hardiness zone at Margate City Beach is 7b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 7.0 °F (13.9 °C) The average seasonal (NovemberApril) snowfall total is 12 to 18 feet (3.7 to 5.5 m), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity. During the summer months, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values 95 °C (35 °C). During the winter months, episodes ofextreme cold and wind can occurs with wind chill values 0 °F ( 18 °C), according to the Köppen climate classification system. The average mean temperature 71.6°F (22.0°C) during the winter season is February, which is when the most snowfall occurs. In the summer, the average mean temperatures is 50.0 °C (10.0 °F) and there is no significant precipitation difference between seasons. In January, there is an average precipitation difference of 0.5 inches (1.2 mm) between the months of January and February. In July, there are no significant differences between the seasons. The mean temperature in July is  50.0 degrees (10.0˚C) and in August it is 71.6 degrees (22˚F).


According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Margate City, New Jersey would have a dominant vegetation type of Northern Cordgrass. The dominant vegetation form of Coastal Prairie (20) is also found in the city. The city is located in New Jersey's Atlantic County. It is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New York City and New Jersey via the Delaware River. It has a population of about 2,000 people, according to the city's 2010 population estimate. The town is located at the junction of two rivers, the Raritan River and the Passaic River, which runs through the center of the city, and the Hackensack River which runs to the east. It also has a number of beaches, which are popular with tourists. The area is also known as a popular tourist destination for New Jersey residents and visitors to the New York and New England ports. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and is now known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

Popular culture

In the 1998 Nicolas Cage mystery/thriller film Snake Eyes, Margate is the main character's place of residence. The movie Duane Hopwood was filmed at Eugene A. Tighe Middle School and at Maynards Cafe in 2004. In the third-season finale of Boardwalk Empire, "Margate Sands", the city is referenced as a site of gang violence between the forces of fictionalized Nucky Thompson and his rivals. One of the screenplay's co-writers, Scott Neustadter, grew up in Margate. The 2009 film (500) Days of Summer, is the hometown of the male lead character, Tom Hansen, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The city is alluded to as a pleasant suburban town, in contrast to the grittier Atlantic City, which forms the backdrop of the story. The town of Margate has been featured in several films, including "The Godfather" and "The Shawshank Redemption", as well as the TV series "Boardwalk Empire" and the film "The Hangover" The town is also featured in the book "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" by John Cusack, who was raised in the town and later moved to New York City. The book is about the life of a teenaged boy who returns home to Margate to live with his parents after his parents die in a car accident. The novel is based on a true story about a teenage boy who moves back to his native New York after growing up in Atlantic City.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey = 44.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 13. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Margate City = 4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 10,460 individuals with a median age of 52.3 age the population grows by 4.72% in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,754.9 residents per square mile of area (1,449.8/km²). There are average 1.99 people per household in the 4,310 households with an average household income of $50,730 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.70% of the available work force and has dropped -2.85% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.60%. The number of physicians in Margate City per 100,000 population = 218.3.


The annual rainfall in Margate City = 39.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 10.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 111. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 81 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 28.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 39.26%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 43 years with median home cost = $441,040 and home appreciation of -5.22%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $23.44 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $10,309 per student. There are 12.7 students for each teacher in the school. 3.87% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 23.20% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 13.31% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Margate City's population in Atlantic County, New Jersey of 3,862 residents in 1900 has increased 2,71-fold to 10,460 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.52% female residents and 47.48% male residents live in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 40.70% are single population.

  • 26.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Margate City require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.95% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.69% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.56% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.84% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, 39.26% are owner-occupied homes, another 14.14% are rented apartments, and the remaining 46.60% are vacant.

  • The 38.66% of the population in Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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