North Cape May, New Jersey
North Cape May, New Jersey
North Cape May shoreline
Map of North Cape May in Cape May County. Inset: Location of Cape May County in New Jersey.
|• Total||1.494 sq mi (3.870 km2)|
|• Land||1.457 sq mi (3.773 km2)|
|• Water||0.037 sq mi (0.096 km2) 2.49%|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||2,214.3/sq mi (854.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||02389569|
North Cape May is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Lower Township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 3,226. The Cape May–Lewes Ferry departs from the area. North Cape May is mostly a residential community, with no hotels but many vacation homes. Many people retire to the community.
North Cape May had existed as an independent borough, formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 19, 1928, from portions of Lower Township. The borough remained independent until April 30, 1945, when it was returned to Lower Township. The borough had a population of 5 at the 1930 Census, which increased to 8 by 1940.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 1.494 square miles (3.870 km2), including 1.457 square miles (3.773 km2) of land and 0.037 square miles (0.096 km2) of water (2.49%).
|Population sources: 1970-1980|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,226 people, 1,395 households, and 895.6 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,214.3 per square mile (854.9/km2). There were 2,100 housing units at an average density of 1,441.5 per square mile (556.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.87% (2,996) White, 3.22% (104) Black or African American, 0.34% (11) Native American, 0.59% (19) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.30% (42) from other races, and 1.67% (54) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.66% (118) of the population.
There were 1,395 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 18.2% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.6 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 86.6 males.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,618 people, 1,544 households, and 1,008 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 997.8/km2 (2,583.4/mi2). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 576.4/km2 (1,492.3/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.42% White, 2.79% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.
There were 1,544 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,071, and the median income for a family was $42,161. Males had a median income of $33,036 versus $26,875 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,420. About 1.0% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
As with other parts of Lower Township, it is served by Lower Township School District for primary grades and Lower Cape May Regional School District for secondary grades; the latter operates Lower Cape May Regional High School.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with North Cape May include:
- Bob Andrzejczak (born 1986), politician who has represented the 1st Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since March 2013.
- Chris Jay, (born 1978), musician, screenwriter, actor, member of the band, Army of Freshmen.
Cape May–Lewes Ferry terminal
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- Look Up a ZIP Code for North Cape May, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed October 18, 2012.
- American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
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- DP-1 - Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000 from the Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data for North Cape May CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 18, 2012.
- Avedissian, Eric. "A soldier’s story: Bob Andrzejczak lost a leg, not his resolve; The hardest part about the aftermath of attack in Iraq was not the pain ... it was calling home", Ocean City Sentinel, May 20, 2015. Accessed January 11, 2018. "Andrzejczak grew up in Lower Township in North Cape May, a bedroom community straddling the Delaware Bay."
- Weinberg, David "Cape musician Chris Jay forms unlikely friendship with Russian boxer Magomed Abdusalamov", The Press of Atlantic City, March 8, 2013. Accessed January 11, 2018. "The 34-year-old Lower Township native grew up in a musical household. Both of his parents, Ed and Lisa Jurewicz, are retired music teachers and own Mr. J's Music Shop in North Cape May, which is connected to their home."