South Cape May, New Jersey

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 14
1910 7 −50.0%
1920 10 42.9%
1930 6 −40.0%
source: [1]1910-1930[2]

South Cape May was a borough that existed in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, from 1894 to 1945. First settled in 1840, it contained a Lucy-type elephant named Light of Asia.

The borough was formed on August 27, 1894, from portions of Lower Township, based on the results of a referendum held six days earlier.[3]

The borough was badly wrecked by the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane, which hit in September of that year.[4] After the hurricane, the borough was dissolved as of April 30, 1945, and returned to Lower Township.

The remaining land not underwater is part of a bird sanctuary.


  1. ^ Wm. C. Hunt, Chief Statistician for Population. "Fourteenth Census of The United States: 1920; Population: New Jersey; Number of inhabitants, by counties and minor civil divisions" (ZIP). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Fifteenth Census of the United States : 1930 - Population Volume I", United States Census Bureau, p. 715. Accessed December 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 115.
  4. ^ Cape May History, accessed February 11, 2007 Archived February 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 38°55′59″N 74°56′31″W / 38.933°N 74.942°W / 38.933; -74.942