Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
|• Total||9.899 sq mi (25.639 km2)|
|• Land||8.926 sq mi (23.118 km2)|
|• Water||0.973 sq mi (2.520 km2) 9.83%|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||598.0/sq mi (230.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||02389275|
Cape May Court House is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Middle Township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 5,338. It is the county seat of Cape May County and serves as the principal administrative hub for the township.
Cape Regional Medical Center, known as Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital until April 2007, is the only hospital in Cape May County. The Cape May County Park and Zoo is also located in Cape May Court House.
Cape May Court House was laid out in 1703 by Jeremiah Hand and was first called Rumney Marsh and afterward Middleton before the adoption of its present name. The Court of Cape May County met in private homes and the First Baptist Church until 1764, when Daniel Hand set 1-acre (4,000 m2) of his own property to construct a court house and jail. It was replaced by the current structure in 1849.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 9.899 square miles (25.639 km2), including 8.926 square miles (23.118 km2) of land and 0.973 square miles (2.520 km2) of water (9.83%).
Parks and recreation
The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House provides free year-round admission to a collection of over 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres of exhibits. The zoo is located in the center of Cape May County's Central Park, and together the zoo and the park cover about 220 acres. The zoo began operation in 1978. Its principal exhibit areas are a 57-acre African Savanna, a free-flight aviary, and a reptile collection.
The Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex includes basketball courts, soccer fields, and baseball fields.
1990-2010 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,338 people, 2,165 households, and 1,396 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 598.0 per square mile (230.9/km2). There were 2,603 housing units at an average density of 291.6 per square mile (112.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.14% (4,545) White, 9.25% (494) Black or African American, 0.11% (6) Native American, 2.36% (126) Asian, 0.04% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.92% (49) from other races, and 2.17% (116) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.03% (162) of the population.
There were 2,165 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.1 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 83.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,773 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,695) and the median family income was $73,618 (+/- $19,854). Males had a median income of $57,109 (+/- $11,100) versus $50,231 (+/- $6,373) for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $31,865 (+/- $4,296). About 0.9% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,704 people, 1,732 households, and 1,221 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 202.3/km2 (524.1/mi2). There were 2,086 housing units at an average density of 89.7/km2 (232.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.35% White, 10.88% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.70% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.
There were 1,732 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% 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 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,902, and the median income for a family was $56,707. Males had a median income of $39,848 versus $28,043 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,541. About 5.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School is a K-8 elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden and is supported by four parishes in Cape May County.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Cape May Court House include:
- Kevin Bramble (born 1972), disabled ski racer, freeskier and monoski designer/builder.
- Matthew Maher (born 1984), retired soccer defender, who was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for first degree aggravated manslaughter and drunken driving.
- Jonathan Van Meter, journalist.
- Matt Szczur, Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres.
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- Ianieri, Brian. "Bye bye, Burdette: Hospital has new name / Switch to Cape Regional Medical Center reflects new services, officials say", The Press of Atlantic City, April 3, 2007. Accessed October 17, 2012. "Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital's name became history Monday morning, as Cape May County's only hospital changed its name abruptly to Cape Regional Medical Center."
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- Catholic Schools Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed October 20, 2016.
- Welcome, Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School. Accessed October 20, 2016. "The school is part of the Diocese of Camden, and is supported by the four regional parishes of Avalon/Stone Harbor, Cape May Court House, Marmora/Woodbine and Sea Isle City."
- Berg, Aimee. "Disabled Skier Designs His Way to Be a Daredevil", The New York Times, December 13, 2006. Accessed November 27, 2007. "These days, Bramble builds the 32-pound aluminum and steel contraptions in a converted woodshop behind the two-story home that he built for his parents in Cape May Court House, N.J., before the accident. He and his fiancée, Leslie, live in an apartment above the shop, which he reaches via an open-air elevator that he also engineered."
- Staff. "Maher Gets Over Five Years for Drunk Driving Death", Cape May County Herald, January 7, 2010. Accessed October 3, 2017. "A former Middle Township High School and Philadelphia Kixx soccer star was sentenced to 5 ½ years in state prison today (Thursday, Jan. 7) for a drunk driving crash that killed a Philadelphia man on March 7. Before being eligible for parole, Matthew Maher, 25, of Court House, must serve 85 percent of the sentence for aggravated manslaughter handed down by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio."
- Manahan, Kevin. "The King of Cool and his 500 Club", Inside Jersey, September 2011. Accessed May 30, 2013. "Like Van Meter, who grew up in Stone Harbor and Cape May Court House, many saw part of themselves in Skinny, the working stiff who made good."
- Pesice, Duane. "Szcz the Day: A Profile Of Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur", Bleedcubbieblue.com, April 12, 2016. Accessed July 21, 2017. "Matthew Francis Szczur was born on July 20, 1989 in Cape May Court House, an unincorporated community in central New Jersey."