Atlantic City Voted America’s 11th Favorite Beach Town
July 2016, Travel & Leisure Magazine survey

Atlantic County
New Jersey

Economic Development

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Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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Atlantic County Fast Facts

County if Atlantic Seal
Facts & StatsFacts and Stats
  • 44% of employment in Atlantic County is directly or indirectly related to tourism. 1
  • Atlantic City is the “Salt Water Taffy Capital of the World” because in 1880 David Bradley coined the term for his salty taffy in the destination beach resort. 2
  • Atlantic County had $6.9 billion in tourism related sales in 2016. 3
  • Atlantic County has become the second largest agricultural county in the Garden State producing crops and livestock worth $128.3 million annually according to the 2007 Agricultural Census.
  • Atlantic County has bond ratings of AA (S&P) and Aa2 (Moody's) – both reaffirmed in March 2016.
  • Atlantic County is home to America's first boardwalk, built in 1870 in Atlantic City. National Geographic Traveler recently ranked it as best in the nation. 4
  • Atlantic County is home to the country’s second oldest continually operating winery, Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, established in the 1860s.
  • Atlantic County public schools spend $8,336 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678. There are about 12.6 students per teacher in Atlantic County.
  • Atlantic County’s labor force is projected to increase 3.7% from 2010 to 2020. 5
  • Hard clam aquaculture industry in Atlantic County has 6 hatcheries and 40 growers, majority of industry in the state. 6
  • The term "birdie" was coined at the Atlantic City Country Club in 1903.

First Settled: 1679

County Established By:
Act of State Legislature, February 1837; First Freeholder Board established in May, 1837

Current Form of Government:
Executive with 9 member Freeholder Board

County Seat: Mays Landing

Population:
County Population: 274,549
Population Density: 494.1 persons per square mile
Median Age: 39.9 Years
Number of Families: 67,697
Average Family Size: 3.24

Housing:
Number of households: 101,019
Persons per household: 2.64
Housing units: 126,929
Median value, owner occupied residence: $237,400
Median Household Income: $54,235
Median Family Income: $66,619
Per Capita Income (2013 dollars): $27,391

Land Area: 555.70 square miles (Third in NJ)

Largest Municipality:
Geographic: Hamilton Township (111.26 sq. miles)
Population: Egg Harbor Township (43,323)

Smallest Municipality:
Geographic: Longport (0.38 sq. miles)
Population: Corbin City (492)

Elevation:
Highest Elevation: 124 ft. above sea level (Buena Borough)
Lowest Elevation: sea level

Average Temperature (° F):
January -31°, July - 75°, September - 66°

Major Rivers:
Mullica River, Great Egg Harbor River and Tuckahoe River (Designated Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers)

Public Open Space:
Federal: 19,522 acres; State: 66,725 acres; County: 7,435 acres; Municipal: 6,612 acres; Beach: 14 miles; Boardwalk: 5.75 miles; Bikeways: 49.5 miles

Principal Industries:
Casino gaming, health care, aviation testing and engineering, agriculture, professional and business services, retail industry, boat building

Hospitals:
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, Pomona
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Kessler Campus, Hammonton
Shore Medical Center, Somers Point
Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, Pomona
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Specialty Care Center, Hamilton Township

Colleges:
Stockon University, Pomona and Atlantic City
Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing and Atlantic City

Road Mileage:
State: 165 miles; County: 373 miles; Garden State Parkway (toll road): 21.5 miles; Atlantic City Expressway (toll road): 29.6 miles

Major Highways:
Garden State Parkway; Atlantic City Expressway; U.S. Routes 9, 30, 40, 206, 322; State Routes 49, 50, 52, 54, 87, 152

Railroads:
Passenger: Amtrak (Atlantic City to Philadelphia); NJ Transit: Atlantic City, Absecon, Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, Atco, Lindenwold, Philadelphia; Freight: Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey

Airports:
Atlantic City International Airport, Pomona and Hammonton Municipal Airport

 

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census
2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimatess

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