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Absecon, New Jersey
City
Jonathan Pitney House (2014)
Jonathan Pitney House (2014)
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
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Coordinates: 39°25′25″N 74°29′35″W / 39.423563°N 74.493025°W / 39.423563; -74.493025Coordinates: 39°25′25″N 74°29′35″W / 39.423563°N 74.493025°W / 39.423563; -74.493025
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
Government
 • Type City
 • Body City Council
Area
 • Total 7.22 sq mi (18.69 km2)
 • Land 5.47 sq mi (14.16 km2)
 • Water 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)  24.22%
Area rank 241st of 565 in state
17th of 23 in county
Elevation
3 ft (0.9 m)
Population
 • Total 8,411
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,818
 • Rank 272nd of 566 in state
11th of 23 in county
 • Density 1,612.66/sq mi (622.62/km2)
 • Density rank 329th of 566 in state
9th of 23 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
08201, 08205
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 404, 652, 748
FIPS code 3400100100
GNIS feature ID 0885134

Absecon ( ab-see-con) is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey. 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%
2019 (est.) 8,818 4.8%
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
  • Absecon Public School District's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education

Education

The Absecon Public School District serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2017-18 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 887 students and 66.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.4:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics.) are H. Ashton Marsh Elementary School (493 students in grades PreK-4) and Emma C. Attales Middle School (381 students in grades 5-8).

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students from Absecon attend the Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Pleasantville Public Schools. As of the 2017-18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 757 students and 77.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.8:1. In 2020, the Absecon district submitted a petition to end its agreement with Pleasantville and send its students to Absegami High School under a new sending/receiving relationship with the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District that Absecon argues would give its students a better education at a lower cost, without negatively impacting the demographics in Pleasantville High School. About 10% of Absecon's graduating students have been choosing to attend Pleasantville High School, for which the Absecon district has been paying $18,000 per student each year.

City public school students are also eligible to attend the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township or the Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts, located in Somers Point.

Holy Spirit High School is a Roman Catholic high school, that operates under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Camden.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Absecon include:

  • Francis J. Blee (born 1958), member of the General Assembly who represented the 2nd Legislative District and served on the Absecon City Council from 1991–1995, serving as Absecon's youngest ever council president from 1992 to 1993
  • Joe Callahan (born 1993), American football quarterback who played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers
  • Robert Irvine (born 1965), celebrity chef and television personality
  • Brian Joo (born 1981), R&B and K-pop recording artist who was part of the duo Fly to the Sky
  • Amy Kennedy (born 1978), educator, mental health advocate and Democratic nominee for New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the 2020 elections
  • Michelle Malkin (born 1970), columnist and political commentator
  • Joseph McGahn (c. 1917-1999), member of the New Jersey Senate who was a leading advocate of bringing casino gambling to Atlantic City
  • Carol Plum-Ucci (born 1957), young adult novelist and essayist
  • Cleon Throckmorton (1897-1965), painter and theatrical designer, producer, and architect

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