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Cape May Point, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Cape May Point
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
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Coordinates: 38°56′13″N 74°57′55″W / 38.936909°N 74.965374°W / 38.936909; -74.965374Coordinates: 38°56′13″N 74°57′55″W / 38.936909°N 74.965374°W / 38.936909; -74.965374
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated April 19, 1878
Named for Cape May / Cornelius Jacobsen May
Government
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Commissioners
Area
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Land 0.30 sq mi (0.76 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)  5.81%
Area rank 553rd of 565 in state
16th of 16 in county
Elevation
7 ft (2 m)
Population
 • Total 291
 • Estimate 
(2019)
275
 • 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 UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
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, New Jersey and is the southernmost point in the state. 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 reach 4,500.

The Cape May Light is located in Lower Township, but is also a point of identity for Cape May Point as it uses the lighthouse as a logo for municipal-owned vehicles. Mayors of the two municipalities previously had a conflict over in which municipality it was located.

Cape May Point is a dry town, one of three municipalities in Cape May County where alcohol cannot be sold. Cape May Point, Ocean City and Wildwood Crest are Cape May County's only remaining dry municipalities.

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%
2019 (est.) 275 −5.5%
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 none 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.

Summer population

Circa 2004 the summer population was about 4,500.

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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Education

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The Schoolhouse, a house, was formerly the Cape May Point school

Cape May Point School District is a non-operating school district, with all students sent to schools outside of the district. It opened a two story grade 1-8 school in the 1870. It began sending students to Lower Township School District in 1931 and closed the former school, which is now a house. Cape May Point under Frank Rutherford, the mayor, chose not to join the Lower Cape May Regional School District when it was formed. The borough never joined a regional school system. Therefore, in 2004, it had among the lowest property tax rates in New Jersey.

For pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, public school students attend Cape May City Elementary School in Cape May City, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Cape May City School District. Most students in the Cape May elementary district come from the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 176 students and 21.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.3:1. Starting in 2010, discussions were under way regarding a possible consolidation of the districts of Cape May City, Cape May Point and the West Cape May School District.

For seventh through twelfth grades, public school students attend the schools of the Lower Cape May Regional School District, which serves students from Cape May City, Cape May Point, Lower Township and West Cape May. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Richard M. Teitelman Middle School (grades 7 and 8; 458 students) and Lower Cape May Regional High School (9-12; 871).

Students are also eligible to attend Cape May County Technical High School in Cape May Court House, which serves students from the entire county in its comprehensive and vocational programs, which are offered without charge to students who are county residents. Special needs students may be referred to Cape May County Special Services School District in the Cape May Court House area.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Cape May Point include:

  • Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893, who was given a cottage in Cape May Point in 1890 by John Wanamaker and his associates.
  • Mary O'Hara (1885–1980), author known for her novel My Friend Flicka.
  • Bill Pilczuk (born 1971), swimmer.
  • David Allen Sibley (born 1961), ornithologist who is the author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds.
  • John Wanamaker (1838–1922), retailer.

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