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Linwood, New Jersey
City of Linwood
Linwood Borough School
Linwood Borough School
Map of Linwood in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Linwood in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Linwood, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Linwood, New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey is located in Atlantic County, New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey
Location in Atlantic County, New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey is located in the United States
Linwood, New Jersey
Linwood, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated February 20, 1889 (as borough)
Reincorporated April 27, 1931 (as city)
 • Type City
 • Body City Council
 • Total 4.21 sq mi (10.91 km2)
 • Land 3.81 sq mi (9.87 km2)
 • Water 0.40 sq mi (1.04 km2)  9.55%
Area rank 290th of 565 in state
19th of 23 in county
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total 7,092
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 317th of 566 in state
13th of 23 in county
 • Density 1,834.9/sq mi (708.5/km2)
 • Density rank 302nd of 566 in state
8th of 23 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3400140530
GNIS feature ID 0885280

Linwood is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 7,092, reflecting a decline of 80 (−1.1%) from the 7,172 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 306 (+4.5%) from the 6,866 counted in the 1990 Census.

Linwood was originally incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 20, 1889, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. Linwood was reincorporated as a city on April 27, 1931. The area had been called Leedsville until 1880, when a post office was being established. The United States Postal Service insisted that the name had to be changed as it conflicted with an existing post office elsewhere in the state. Among the names proposed and considered by local residents were "Brinola", "Geneva", "Pearville" and "Viola", with "Linwood" ultimately chosen.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 4.242 square miles (10.987 km2), including 3.865 square miles (10.010 km2) of land and 0.377 square miles (0.977 km2) of water (8.89%).

The city is located about 9 miles (14 km) west of Atlantic City. It borders the municipalities of Northfield, Egg Harbor Township and Somers Point. Linwood is known for its large, expensive homes, particularly in communities such as The Gold Coast, Fischer Woods, and Fischer Greene.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the city include Bellhaven and Seaview.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 536
1900 495 −7.6%
1910 602 21.6%
1920 638 6.0%
1930 1,514 137.3%
1940 1,479 −2.3%
1950 1,925 30.2%
1960 3,847 99.8%
1970 6,159 60.1%
1980 6,144 −0.2%
1990 6,866 11.8%
2000 7,172 4.5%
2010 7,092 −1.1%
2019 (est.) 6,658 −6.1%
Population sources:
1890-2000 1890-1920
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

The median house value (as of 2005) was $300,200.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,092 people, 2,653 households, and 1,958 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,834.9 per square mile (708.5/km2). There were 2,798 housing units at an average density of 723.9 per square mile (279.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the city was 93.18% (6,608) White, 0.97% (69) Black or African American, 0.07% (5) Native American, 3.79% (269) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.54% (38) from other races, and 1.45% (103) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.96% (210) of the population.

There were 2,653 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.7 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 85.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $80,518 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,965) and the median family income was $103,529 (+/- $11,162). Males had a median income of $90,125 (+/- $16,766) versus $50,125 (+/- $5,378) for females. The per capita income for the city was $47,501 (+/- $5,093). About 2.1% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


2018-09-16 09 53 26 View south along U.S. Route 9 (New Road) just south of Oak Avenue in Linwood, Atlantic County, New Jersey
U.S. Route 9 southbound in Linwood

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 42.57 miles (68.51 km) of roadways, of which 36.93 miles (59.43 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.15 miles (5.07 km) by Atlantic County and 2.49 miles (4.01 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 9 is the main highway directly serving Linwood, running south into Somers Point and north into Northfield. Several major highways are accessible just outside the city, including the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway. These major highways provide connections to New York City, Philadelphia and Cape May.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers bus transportation to and from Ocean City and Atlantic City on the 507 and 509 routes.

Atlantic City International Airport, approximately 20 miles (32 km) away, provides both commuter and regular air travel to major eastern cities and beyond.

Community services

  • There are only three traffic lights in the city: Central and Oak, Central and New Road, and Poplar and New Road. An additional traffic light lies on the border with Somers Point, at Ocean Heights and New Road.
  • There are at least three points of access to the waters surrounding Linwood. The west end of Hamilton Avenue abuts Patcong Creek, allowing the launching of canoes or kayaks (and possibly trailered boats). An unnamed dirt road (Poplar Docks) just to the east of the Linwood Country Club ends several hundred yards into the marshes, and it may allow launching of trailered boats at low tide (the end of the road tends to submerge at high tide). The eastern end of Seaview Avenue is a better-constructed dirt road that ends at a dock (known as "Seaview Docks" to locals) on Sod Thorofare, and is suitable for trailered boats. A parking permit is required at the Hamilton Avenue and Seaview Avenue sites. Permits are valid for the entire calendar year, though their purchase price varies with time of acquisition:
    • January 1 through March 31: $20 per permit, except for senior citizens 65 years or older, where the fee will be $5 per permit.
    • Permits purchased subsequent to March 31 and prior to Labor Day will be available at a cost of $50 per permit.
    • Permits purchased from Labor Day through December 31 will be available at a cost of $20 per permit.
Up to 450 permits per year are issued, and they can be purchased at the office of the City Clerk.
  • On May 14, 2003, the City Council approved the auction of up to two licenses, citywide, for restaurant service of alcoholic beverages. Package-good sales are not permitted anywhere in the city. This was the first revision to the alcohol-sales-related section of the city code since 1969; it is unclear if sales were permitted prior to that year.


Public schools

Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are served by the Linwood Public Schools. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 822 students and 71.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Seaview Elementary School with 422 students in grades PreK-4 and Belhaven Middle School with 397 students in grades 5–8.

Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Mainland Regional High School, which also serves students from Northfield and Somers Point. The high school is located in Linwood. For the 1997–98 school year, Mainland Regional High School was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,267 students and 111.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1.

Borough 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.

Private school

The Gospel of Grace Christian School serves students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

Notable people

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

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

  • James F. Allen (born c. 1960), chairman of Hard Rock International and chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming.
  • John F. Amodeo (born 1950), member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 2008 to 2014 who represented the 2nd Legislative District and had served on the Linwood City Council from 1998 to 2005.
  • Sarah Broadhead (1831-1910) author of The Diary of a Lady from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, who became a resident of Linwood after 1885.
  • Greg Buttle (born 1954), former NFL linebacker for the New York Jets.
  • Mark H. Buzby (born 1956), former United States Navy rear admiral who serves as Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration.
  • Joshua Cohen (born 1980), novelist and story writer, best known for his works Witz (2010) and Book of Numbers (2015).
  • Chris Daggett (born 1950), President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation who ran as an independent candidate for Governor of New Jersey in the 2009 election.
  • Shereef Elnahal (born 1985), physician who has served as 21st Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • John F. Gaffney (1934-1995), politician who represented the 2nd Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly after serving as Mayor of Linwood from 1976 to 1980.
  • Rachel Alana Handler (born 1998), actress, singer and motivational speaker who is best known for playing Chunks in the 2016 horror movie Smothered.
  • Dennis Horner (born 1988), NBA basketball player who has played for the New Jersey Nets.
  • David B. Joslin (born 1936), bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York from 1992 to 2000.
  • Kenneth Lacovara, professor at Drexel University who discovered the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus.
  • Sonia Manzano (born 1950), actress, screenwriter and author, best known for playing the character Maria Rodriguez on the PBS television show Sesame Street between 1971 and 2015.
  • Samuel Ojserkis (born 1990), rower who competed in the men's eight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Tyler Stockton, college football coach and former player who serves as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Ball State University.
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