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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Old Cape May County Courthouse Building
Old Cape May County Courthouse Building
Map of Cape May Court House CDP in Cape May County
Map of Cape May Court House CDP in Cape May County
Cape May Court House, New Jersey is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Location in Cape May County, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey is located in the United States
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Cape May Court House, New Jersey is located in North America
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Location in North America
Cape May Court House, New Jersey is located in Earth
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Location in Earth
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Township Middle
Area
 • 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)
Population
 • Total 5,338
 • Density 598.0/sq mi (230.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
08210
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3410300
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.

History

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.

Geography

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

United Methodist Cape May Courthouse NJ
First United Methodist Church, next to the old courthouse

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,749
1970 2,062 17.9%
1980 3,597 74.4%
1990 4,426 23.0%
2000 4,704 6.3%
2010 5,338 13.5%
Population sources:1960-1980
1990-2010 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, 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 (U.S. Census)|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 old 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.

Education

Cape May County Library Main Branch CMCH NJ
Main branch of Cape May County Library

Middle Township Public Schools is the local school district for Middle Township: it operates Middle Township High School. All four schools and the district headquarters are in Cape May Court House CDP.

The Cape May County Technical School District operates Cape May County Technical High School which has a CMCH address, but is not within the CDP boundaries. Special needs students may be referred to Cape May County Special Services School District in Cape May Court House.

Areas in Dennis Township with Cape May Court House postal addresses, which are not in the CDP, are in Dennis Township Public Schools for K-8.

There is a private Christian K-12 school in Middle Township, Cape Christian Academy. It is in the CMCH CDP and has a CMCH postal address. Richard Degener of the Press of Atlantic City described it as being in Burleigh.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden operates Bishop McHugh Regional School, a Catholic K-8 school, in Ocean View, Dennis Township, which has a Cape May Courthouse postal address. The school is supported by four parishes in Cape May County including the Cape May Courthouse Church.

Church Street Christian School, 18 months to preschool, is on the property of its sponsor, First United Methodist Church. It was formerly a Montessori school.

Cape May County Library has its Cape May Court House branch in the CDP.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Middle Township, New Jersey

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.
  • Daniel Cohen, children's writer
  • Joe Fala (born 1997) soccer player who plays as a defender for New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship.
  • Jonathan F. Leaming (1822–1907) politician and physician.
  • 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.
  • Matt Szczur, Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres.
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