Ventnor City, New Jersey
|Ventnor City, New Jersey|
|City of Ventnor City|
Atlantic Ocean shoreline
|Motto: Shore'ly the Best!|
Map of Ventnor City in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ventnor City, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 17, 1903|
|Named for||Ventnor, Isle of Wight|
|• Type||Walsh Act|
|• Mayor||Mike Bagnell (term ends May 20, 2016)|
|• Administrator||Sandra M. Biagi|
|• Clerk||Janice K. Callaghan|
|• Total||3.522 sq mi (9.123 km2)|
|• Land||1.951 sq mi (5.054 km2)|
|• Water||1.571 sq mi (4.068 km2) 44.60%|
|Area rank||313th of 566 in state
20th of 23 in county
|Elevation||3 ft (0.9 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||10,615|
|• Rank||228th of 566 in state
8th of 23 in county
|• Density||5,457.4/sq mi (2,107.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||98th of 566 in state
1st of 23 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885426|
Ventnor City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 10,650, reflecting a decrease of 2,260 (-17.5%) from the 12,910 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,905 (+17.3%) from the 11,005 counted in the 1990 Census.
Ventnor City is located at United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 3.522 square miles (9.123 km2), of which, 1.951 square miles (5.054 km2) of it was land and 1.571 square miles (4.068 km2) of it (44.60%) was water.(39.342066,-74.482818). According to the
|Population sources: 1910-2000
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1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,650 people, 4,592 households, and 2,645 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,457.4 per square mile (2,107.1 /km2). There were 7,829 housing units at an average density of 4,011.8 per square mile (1,549.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.83% (8,076) White, 4.25% (453) Black or African American, 0.47% (50) Native American, 8.68% (924) Asian, 0.05% (5) Pacific Islander, 8.08% (860) from other races, and 2.65% (282) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 18.05% (1,922) of the population.
There were 4,592 households, of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city, 18.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.5 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $52,465 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,688) and the median family income was $66,467 (+/- $9,437). Males had a median income of $42,560 (+/- $12,377) versus $33,693 (+/- $5,007) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,790 (+/- $4,057). About 9.0% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 12,910 people, 5,480 households, and 3,255 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,023.2 people per square mile (2,329.2/km2). There were 8,009 housing units at an average density of 1, 445.0/km2 (3,736.6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 77.10% White, 2.94% African American, 0.19% Native American, 7.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.37% from other races, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.14% of the population.
There were 5,480 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,478, and the median income for a family was $52,701. Males had a median income of $31,300 versus $26,788 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,631. About 3.4% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
Mrs. S. Bartram Richards, the wife of the secretary-treasurer of the land company, suggested the name "Ventnor" for the area then being developed by the Camden and Atlantic Land Company south of Atlantic City, having recently visited the seashore resort on the Isle of Wight with the same name. The name was chosen in January 1889. The city was formally incorporated by the New Jersey Legislature on March 17, 1903.
Chapter 51 of the laws and Sessions of the State of New Jersey provided the beginning to Ventnor City stating, "Be it enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey that all part or portion of the County of Atlantic, formerly a part of Egg Harbor Township, situated on Absecon Beach, lying between the Westwardly limit of Atlantic City and the Eastwardly limit of South Atlantic City, the Atlantic Ocean on the south as far as the jurisdiction of the State extends, and to the center of Beach Thoroughfare on the North, be, and is hereby constituted as a City of this State, and all of the inhabitants of the State residing within the limits aforesaid be and they are hereby ordained, constituted and declared to be from time to time forever hereafter one body politic and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name, Ventnor City. This act shall take effect immediately, and was approved on March 17, 1903."
The first meeting was held on April 20, 1903, in the Carisbrooke Inn, which was located behind the present City Hall, on Atlantic Avenue between Cambridge and Sacramento Avenues; Carisbrooke is also a place name taken from the Isle of Wight.
On September 17, 1968, the then existing Mayor-Council form of government was changed to a Commission form of government, under the Walsh Act, and consists of three Commissioners. Voters choose three Commissioners to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis in non-partisan elections held in May. After each election, the three elected commissioners then choose one of their members to serve as Mayor.
As of 2013[update], the members of the Ventnor City Board of Commissioners are Mayor Michael Bagnell (Commissioner of Public Affairs and Public Safety), Theresa Kelly (Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property) and Frank Sarno (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), all serving terms of office that end in May 2016.
In the May 2012 elections, challengers Mike Bagnell (with 1,213 votes) and Frank Sarno (1,175) won seats on the commission, while incumbent Theresa Kelly won the third seat with 1,164 votes, putting her two votes ahead of Albert Battaglia after provisional ballots were counted.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).
The 2nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jim Whelan (D, Atlantic City) and in the General Assembly by Chris A. Brown (R, Ventnor City) and John F. Amodeo (D, Northfield). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Atlantic County is governed by a directly elected executive and a nine-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, responsible for legislation. The executive serves a four-year term and the freeholders are elected to staggered three-year terms, of which four are elected from the county on an at-large basis and five of the freeholders represent equally populated districts. As of 2014[update], Atlantic County's Executive is Republican Dennis Levinson, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders are Chairman Frank D. Formica, Freeholder District 2, including Atlantic City (part), Egg Harbor Township (part), Linwood, Longport, Margate, Northfield, Somers Point and Ventnor (R, 2015), Vice Chairman John W. Risley, Freeholder At-Large (R, 2014), Colin G. Bell, Freeholder At-Large (R, 2015), James A. Bertino, Freeholder District 5, including Buena Borough, Buena Vista Township, Corbin City, Egg Harbor City, Estell Manor, Folsom, Hamilton Township (part), Hammonton, Mullica Township and Weymouth (R, 2015), Ernest D. Coursey, Freeholder District 1, including Atlantic City (part), Egg Harbor Township (part) and Pleasantville (R, 2016), Richard Dase, Freeholder District 4, including Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township and Port Republic (D, 2016), Alexander C. Marino, Freeholder At-Large (R, 2014), Will Pauls, Freeholder At-Large (R, 2016) and Frank Sutton, Freeholder District 3, including Egg Harbor Township (part) and Hamilton Township (part) (R, 2014). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Edward P. McGettigan (2016), Sheriff Frank X. Balles (2014) and Surrogate James Curcio (2015).
The Ventnor City School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. The two schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Ventnor Elementary School (534 students in grades PreK-4) and Ventnor Middle School (449 students in grades 5-8). The two are operated as separate schools but are located in a single, large building known as the Ventnor Educational Community Complex or VECC. The original school was built in 1970.
Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades, along with those from Brigantine, Longport and Margate City, attend Atlantic City High School in neighboring Atlantic City, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Atlantic City School District that has existed since 1920, though options for an alternative high school are being considered.
Students from Ventnor City, and all of Atlantic County, have the option to attend the career technical programs and full-time career academies offered by the Atlantic County Institute of Technology located in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township or the Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts, located in Somers Point.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden announced that it would close Holy Family Regional School at the end of the 2010-11 school year, as its enrollment of 92 students in preschool through eighth grade was insufficient to cover an annual deficit that had reached $172,000. The school had operated for three years following the merger of Blessed Sacrament School of Margate City and Ventnor's St. James School.
The city had a total of 36.45 miles (58.66 km) of roadways, of which 34.03 miles (54.77 km) are maintained by the municipality and 2.42 miles (3.89 km) by the county.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ventnor City include: Notable current and former residents of Ventnor City include:
- Wayne Colman (born 1946), linebacker who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints.
- Royden B. Davis (c. 1923-2002), Dean of Georgetown College.
- Walter Evans Edge (1873-1956), Governor of New Jersey from 1917 to 1919 and again from 1944 to 1947.
- Angelo Errichetti (1928-2013), politician who served as Mayor of Camden and in the New Jersey Senate before being convicted during Abscam.
- Frank S. Farley (1901-1977), New Jersey State Senator who was a Republican political boss in Atlantic County.
- Benjamin Foulois (1879-1967), United States Army general and aviation pioneer.
- Roland Greenfield (1919-1997), member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 171st District.
- Frank LoBiondo (born 1946), member of Congress from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district.
- Sol Metzger (1880-1932), football player and coach.
- Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842-1933), clergyman and social reformer who died after sleepwalking off the porch of his Ventnor home.
- Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.
- John Roman (born 1952), offensive lineman who played for the New York Jets.
- Cathy Rush (born c. 1946), former head women's basketball coach at Immaculata University who led the team to three consecutive AIAW national titles from 1972-1974.
- Valerie Solanas (1936-1988), radical feminist author who shot and nearly killed Andy Warhol.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ventnor City has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- Lemongello, Steven. "Ventnor election results certified: Bagnell, Kelly, Sarno declared winners", The Press of Atlantic City, May 14, 2012. Accessed September 9, 2012. "Frank Sarno, Mike Bagnell and Mayor Theresa Kelly have been certified as the winners of last Tuesday’s election, according to the Ventnor city clerk — but a recount for the final spot is still possible. Sarno and Bagnell, the challengers on a slate with Albert Battaglia, received 1,175 and 1,213 votes, respectively. Kelly, who was four votes behind following the machine and mail-in count, ended up two votes ahead of Battaglia for the third and final seat."
- Smith, Shaun. "Advena beats Kreischer for commission seat", Shore News Today, November 8, 2011. Accessed December 4, 2011. "Mike Advena was elected Tuesday to serve as commissioner for the next six months over challenger and former mayor Tim Kreischer. With 34 percent of registered voters coming out to polls for the nonpartisan municipal election to fill the unexpired term of Stephen Weintrob through May 15, 2012, Advena received 1,162 votes – or 53.64 percent – and Kreischer received 1,001 votes, or 46.21 percent."
- Smith, Shaun. "Advena sworn in as Ventnor commissioner", Shore News Today, November 21, 2011. Accessed December 4, 2011. "Shortly after taking the oath of office Friday, Mike Advena took a look at his office as commissioner of revenue and finance. Advena, 47, was sworn in to his first term on the Ventnor City Commission by Mayor Theresa Kelly Friday, Nov. 18 – shortly after the Nov. 8 election results were certified by the county."
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- Staff. "2,500 IN JERSEY SEE EDGE INAUGURATED; He Takes Oath as Governor for Second Time in 27 Years as Edison Retires CHARTER ACTION PLEDGED Quick Move for Soldier Ballot and Hudson Vote Machines Among Steps Urged", The New York Times, January 19, 1944. Accessed September 9, 2012. "...Walter Evans Edge of Ventnor began here today a second term as the State's Chief Executive with a clarion call to the Legislature to draft a new constitution conforming to the demand of the electorate for a fundamental law basic to sound government."
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- Staff. "FORMER PA. REPRESENTATIVE ROLAND GREENFIELD DIES AT 78", The Press of Atlantic City, August 23, 1997. Accessed September 9, 2012. "Former Majority Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Roland Greenfield of Ventnor, died Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 78."
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- via Associated Press. "Sol Metzger, Sports Critic, Seriously Ill", Milwaukee Sentinel, January 15, 1932. Accessed September 9, 2012. "Sol Metzger, veteran sports writer and former football coach, is in a serious condition Wednesday night at his home in Ventnor, a suburb."
- Staff. "DR. PARKHURST DIES OF A FALL IN SLEEP; Reformer, 91, a Somnambulist, Plunges From Porch Roof of New Jersey Home. FAMED AS A CRUSADER; In 1894 He Overthrew the Tammany Machine and Drove Croker to Europe.", The New York Times, September 9, 1933. Accessed September 9, 2012. "The Rev. Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst, militant New York crusader of the Nineties and for a generation one of the moral leaders of the city, was injured fatally today when he plunged from a porch roof while walking in his sleep.... He was found unconscious on the sidewalk beside his home, 108 Surrey Avenue, Ventnor, shortly after 3:30 A. M."
- Staff. "Agent says Ventnor native Greg Roman a finalist for Penn State job", The Press of Atlantic City, January 3, 2012. Accessed September 10, 2012. "San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, a Ventnor native and Holy Spirit High School graduate, is a finalist for the Penn State football head-coaching job, his agent said Monday."
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- Lulgjuraj, Susan. "'The Mighty Macs,' based on Oakcrest High grad Cathy Rush, set for release today", The Press of Atlantic City, October 21, 2011. Accessed October 28, 2011. "Cathy Rush invited friends to her home in Ventnor a couple of years ago to watch an advance copy of the movie The Mighty Macs....Rush, a native of West Atlantic City in Egg Harbor Township, saw the filming of this movie.... 'My stomach dropped,' said Rush, a 1964 Oakcrest High School graduate. 'It was the most disconcerting thing because it was real.'"
- Buchanan, Paul D. Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture, p. 132. ABC-CLIO, 2011. ISBN 1-59884-356-7. Accessed December 4, 2011. "Solanas's childhood seemed to provide sufficient justification for her rage. Born on April 9, 1936, in Ventnor City, New Jersey, Valerie Jean Solanas was the daughter of Louis and Dorothy Bondo Solanas."
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