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Absecon, New Jersey
City
City of Absecon
Dr. Jonathan Pitney House
Dr. Jonathan Pitney House
Map of Absecon in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Absecon in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Absecon, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Absecon, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated February 29, 1872 (as town)
Reincorporated March 24, 1902 (as city)
Named for Absegami Native Americans
Area
 • Total 7.292 sq mi (18.887 km2)
 • Land 5.396 sq mi (13.975 km2)
 • Water 1.896 sq mi (4.911 km2)  26.01%
Area rank 239th of 566 in state
17th of 23 in county
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 8,411
 • Estimate (2015) 8,317
 • Rank 272nd of 566 in state
11th of 23 in county
 • Density 1,558.8/sq mi (601.9/km2)
 • Density rank 329th of 566 in state
9th of 23 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 08201, 08205
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 404, 652, 748
FIPS code 3400100100
GNIS feature ID 0885134
Website www.abseconnj.gov

Absecon (pronounced ab-SEE-con) is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 8,411, reflecting an increase of 773 (+10.1%) from the 7,638 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 340 (+4.7%) from the 7,298 counted in the 1990 Census.

The current City of Absecon was originally incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 29, 1872, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. Then on March 24, 1902, the City of Absecon replaced the town. The city is named for the Absegami tribe of Native Americans, from the word "Absogami", which means "little stream".

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Absecon had a total area of 7.292 square miles (18.887 km2), including 5.396 square miles (13.975 km2) of land and 1.896 square miles (4.911 km2) of water (26.01%).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 507
1890 501 −1.2%
1900 530 5.8%
1910 781 47.4%
1920 702 −10.1%
1930 2,158 207.4%
1940 2,084 −3.4%
1950 2,355 13.0%
1960 4,320 83.4%
1970 6,094 41.1%
1980 6,859 12.6%
1990 7,298 6.4%
2000 7,638 4.7%
2010 8,411 10.1%
Est. 2015 8,317 −1.1%
Population sources: 1880-2000
1880-1920 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,411 people, 3,179 households, and 2,254 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,558.8 per square mile (601.9/km2). There were 3,365 housing units at an average density of 623.6 per square mile (240.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the city was 76.45% (6,430) White, 9.89% (832) Black or African American, 0.38% (32) Native American, 7.93% (667) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.94% (247) from other races, and 2.41% (203) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.50% (631) of the population.

There were 3,179 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $64,370 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,398) and the median family income was $77,784 (+/- $9,673). Males had a median income of $47,043 (+/- $7,593) versus $43,673 (+/- $3,797) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,194 (+/- $4,373). About 5.2% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,638 people, 2,773 households, and 2,085 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,336.0 people per square mile (515.6/km²). There were 2,902 housing units at an average density of 507.6 per square mile (195.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.31% White, 6.01% African American, 0.17% Native American, 7.46% Asian, 1.51% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.77% of the population.

There were 2,773 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,745, and the median income for a family was $61,563. Males had a median income of $47,984 versus $31,663 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,615. About 3.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 49.71 miles (80.00 km) of roadways, of which 35.12 miles (56.52 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.54 miles (12.13 km) by Atlantic County and 7.05 miles (11.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Highways and roads in Absecon include U.S. Route 9, U.S. Route 30, Route 157 and County Route 585. The now-defunct Route 43 also passed through the city.

The Atlantic City Expressway and the Garden State Parkway are accessible outside the city in bordering Egg Harbor and Galloway Townships.

Public transportation

The Absecon station is served by NJ Transit's Atlantic City Line trains, with east-west service between 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and the Atlantic City Rail Terminal in Atlantic City.

NJ Transit provides bus service to and from Atlantic City on routes 508 (to the Hamilton Mall), 554 (to the Lindenwold PATCO station) and 559 (to Lakewood Township).

Climate

Climate data for Absecon, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 43.4
(6.33)
43.7
(6.5)
50.6
(10.33)
59.9
(15.5)
69.9
(21.06)
78.9
(26.06)
83.8
(28.78)
82.5
(28.06)
77.1
(25.06)
67.3
(19.61)
56.5
(13.61)
45.7
(7.61)
63.3
(17.39)
Average low °F (°C) 23.6
(-4.67)
23.8
(-4.56)
30.4
(-0.89)
39.4
(4.11)
49.2
(9.56)
58.9
(14.94)
64.0
(17.78)
62.3
(16.83)
55.7
(13.17)
44.6
(7)
34.3
(1.28)
25.5
(-3.61)
42.6
(5.89)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.4
(86)
3.1
(79)
3.7
(94)
3.5
(89)
3.3
(84)
3.3
(84)
3.8
(97)
5.1
(130)
3.2
(81)
3.4
(86)
3.5
(89)
3.8
(97)
43.0
(1,092)
Source: Weatherbase

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