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Cape May Point, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Cape May Point
Saint Peter's-By-The-Sea
Saint Peter's-By-The-Sea
Cape May Point Borough highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Cape May Point Borough highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Cape May Point, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Cape May Point, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated April 19, 1878
Named for Cape May / Cornelius Jacobsen May
Area
 • Total 0.315 sq mi (0.816 km2)
 • Land 0.296 sq mi (0.766 km2)
 • Water 0.019 sq mi (0.050 km2)  6.15%
Area rank 553rd of 566 in state
16th of 16 in county
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 291
 • Estimate (2015) 281
 • Rank 561st of 566 in state
16th of 16 in county
 • Density 984.5/sq mi (380.1/km2)
 • Density rank 384th of 566 in state
7th of 16 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08212
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 884, 898
FIPS code 3400910330
GNIS feature ID 0885179

Cape May Point is a borough located at the tip of the Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the resident population was 291, reflecting an increase of 50 (+20.7%) from the 241 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 7 (-2.8%) from the 248 counted in the 1990 Census. The summer population can be as much as 4,500.

Cape May Point is home to the Cape May Light, though Lower Township claims that the lighthouse is located in that municipality.

Cape May Point was called Stites Beach until 1876 when the name was changed to Seagrove. It was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 19, 1878, from portions of Lower Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. It was reincorporated on August 19, 1891 and returned to Lower Township on April 8, 1896. Cape May Point re-emerged as an independent municipality on April 6, 1908, based on the results of a referendum held on April 21, 1908. The borough's name derives from Cape May, which was named for 1620 Dutch captain named Cornelius Jacobsen May who explored and charted the area between 1611–1614, and established a claim for the province of New Netherland.

Cape May Point is a dry town where alcohol cannot be sold.

Geography

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A boat marking the beach at Cape May Point

According to the United States Census Bureau, Cape May Point borough had a total area of 0.315 square miles (0.816 km2), including 0.296 square miles (0.766 km2) of land and 0.019 square miles (0.050 km2) of water (6.15%).

Cape May Point borders Lower Township, the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 198
1890 167 −15.7%
1900 153 −8.4%
1910 162 5.9%
1920 121 −25.3%
1930 104 −14.0%
1940 126 21.2%
1950 198 57.1%
1960 263 32.8%
1970 204 −22.4%
1980 255 25.0%
1990 248 −2.7%
2000 241 −2.8%
2010 291 20.7%
Est. 2015 281 −3.4%
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 291 people, 164 households, and 100 families residing in the borough. The population density was 984.5 per square mile (380.1/km2). There were 619 housing units at an average density of 2,094.2 per square mile (808.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 94.50% (275) White, 2.75% (8) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.34% (1) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.34% (1) from other races, and 2.06% (6) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% (1) of the population.

There were 164 households out of which 4.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.77 and the average family size was 2.17.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 4.1% under the age of 18, 1.7% from 18 to 24, 3.8% from 25 to 44, 34.7% from 45 to 64, and 55.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 66.4 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 83.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $51,250 (with a margin of error of +/- $36,659) and the median family income was $71,875 (+/- $10,854). Males had a median income of $108,125 (+/- $225,840) versus $ (+/- $) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,269 (+/- $13,473). About 8.7% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 241 people, 133 households, and 77 families residing in the borough. The population density was 819.4 people per square mile (320.9/km2). There were 501 housing units at an average density of 1,703.4 per square mile (667.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.02% White, 2.07% African American, 0.41% Asian, and 2.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 133 households out of which 6.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.81 and the average family size was 2.27.

In the borough the population was spread out with 6.6% under the age of 18, 0.8% from 18 to 24, 10.4% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 47.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 64 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $55,313, and the median income for a family was $69,750. Males had a median income of $63,250 versus $30,833 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,689. None of the families and 1.7% of the population were living below the poverty line.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 7.39 miles (11.89 km) of roadways, of which 5.52 miles (8.88 km) were maintained by the municipality and 1.87 miles (3.01 km) by Cape May County.

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