Atco, New Jersey
|Atco, New Jersey|
|— unincorporated community —|
|Elevation||148 ft (45 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||874410|
Atco is an unincorporated community in Waterford Township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, in the Philadelphia-Camden metropolitan area, located 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Camden. The town is at the western edge of Wharton State Forest and the Pine Barrens. Atco is the home of the Atco Raceway, and served as the location for movie, Eddie and the Cruisers. In 2005, an episode of Viva La Bam was shot at the raceway. Atco Lake is a 30 acre lake in Atco. The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP Code 08004.
The area gets its name from the Atlantic Transport Company, though other possible derivations have been offered, one of which is from the Indian word for "Land of many deer." The Atlantic Transport Company of West Virginia placed a major order with the New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey for four big ships launched 1902-3, which may have something to do with the choice of the name Atco at this time. Camden and Atlantic Railroad was founded in 1854; it crossed the Pinelands from Camden to Atlantic City. The Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad was established soon after, linking Atco to communities such as Toms River, Waretown, Atsion and Vineland.
The story of the Atco Ghost is popular in Atco. Legend has it that a young boy was killed by a red car while chasing a ball and that his ghost can be seen playing in the same street, Burnt Mill Road, after honking one's horn.
Atco is the site of Assumption School, an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Atco public schools serve K-6 grade. Atco Elementary (grades to 1-2), Thomas Richards Elementary (grades 3-4) and Waterford Elementary (K, and grades 5-6) serve students from Atco. Junior high school and high school students from Atco are served by Hammonton Public Schools or parochial schools of their choice.
Notable people 
Notable current and former residents of Atco include:
- Sally Starr, actress who had a popular kids cartoon TV show in the fifties and sixties that broadcast in and over the Delaware Valley.
- Look Up a ZIP Code for Atco, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed July 31, 2012.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Atco, New Jersey
- Beck, Henry Charlton. "Jersey Genesis: The Story of the Mullica River", via Google Books, p. 291. "More pertinent to us is the fact that Atco, in the same neighborhood, took its name from the Atlantic Transportation Company..."
- Rose, Lisa. "Creepy New Jersey: The stuff of legends", The Star-Ledger, April 13, 2012. Accessed July 31, 2012. "The Atco Ghost is Jersey's most dutiful apparition, a specter that appears when drivers honk three times on Burnt Mill Road in the Pine Barrens. The legend is that a boy darted into the street chasing a ball and was struck by a drunken driver."
- Camden County Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed July 10, 2008.
- Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia: Sally Starr. Accessed November 26, 2006.
- Census 2000 Fact Sheet for Zip Code Tabulation Area 08004 from the United States Census Bureau.
- National Dragster Records shattered, history made in Atco
- The Official website of the Delaware Valley Paranormal Association
- Legends & Lore Double Feature: Atco Ghost & The Downingtown Twin Tunnels