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Longport, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Longport
A house in Longport
A house in Longport
Map of Longport in Atlantic County
Map of Longport in Atlantic County
Census Bureau map of Longport, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Longport, New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey is located in Atlantic County, New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey
Location in Atlantic County, New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey is located in the United States
Longport, New Jersey
Longport, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated March 7, 1898
Named for James Long
Government
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Commissioners
Area
 • Total 1.56 sq mi (4.03 km2)
 • Land 0.40 sq mi (1.02 km2)
 • Water 1.16 sq mi (3.01 km2)  74.49%
Area rank 447th of 565 in state
23rd of 23 in county
Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Population
 • Total 895
 • Estimate 
(2019)
851
 • Rank 537th of 566 in state
22nd of 23 in county
 • Density 2,323.7/sq mi (897.2/km2)
 • Density rank 263rd of 566 in state
7th of 23 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08403
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 487, 822, 823
FIPS code 3400141370
GNIS feature ID 0885286

Longport is a borough in Atlantic County, New Jersey on the Atlantic Ocean shore of Absecon Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 895, reflecting a decline of 159 (-15.1%) from the 1,054 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 170 (-13.9%) from the 1,224 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

James Long, an absentee owner, purchased a parcel in 1857 that grew over the years as sand accumulated and as additional property was purchased. Acquired by M. Simpson McCullough in 1882, the community was named Longport in honor of Long.

Longport was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 7, 1898, from portions of Egg Harbor Township.

Geography

Great Egg NJ Coast Guard St
Great Egg Coast Guard Station in Longport

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.560 square miles (4.040 km2), including 0.385 square miles (0.998 km2) of land and 1.175 square miles (3.043 km2) of water (75.31%).

The borough neighbors Margate City, and shares Absecon Island with Ventnor City and Atlantic City.

Longport is located on the southwest corner of 8.1-mile (13.0 km) long Absecon Island, along with Margate City, Ventnor City and Atlantic City to the northeast.

Longport11thAve
Longport, south from 11th Avenue.

Streets at the southern end of the borough start at 11th Street, as the 180 acres (73 ha) that made up the ten numbered streets below it were washed out on the barrier island by a series of storms between 1900 and 1916. The Great Egg Harbor Inlet shifted north, and Ocean City island was extended by what is now the Gardens neighborhood of that city.

Demographics

Redeemer Longport NJ
Church of the Redeemer, which has now burned down as a result of a derecho in June 2012. The church was rebuilt and reopened in July 2015.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 80
1910 118 47.5%
1920 200 69.5%
1930 228 14.0%
1940 303 32.9%
1950 618 104.0%
1960 1,077 74.3%
1970 1,225 13.7%
1980 1,249 2.0%
1990 1,224 −2.0%
2000 1,054 −13.9%
2010 895 −15.1%
Est. 2019 851 −4.9%
Population sources:
1900–2000 1900–1920
1900–1910 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 895 people, 470 households, and 252 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,323.7 per square mile (897.2/km2). There were 1,656 housing units at an average density of 4,299.4 per square mile (1,660.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 98.88% (885) White, 0.34% (3) Black or African American, 0.11% (1) Native American, 0.45% (4) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.11% (1) from other races, and 0.11% (1) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% (10) of the population.

There were 470 households out of which 11.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.4% were non-families. 43.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.90 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 11.6% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 10.6% from 25 to 44, 36.3% from 45 to 64, and 37.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58.2 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.3 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $70,625 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,665) and the median family income was $107,188 (+/- $48,480). Males had a median income of $72,143 (+/- $53,388) versus $65,357 (+/- $24,760) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $78,988 (+/- $16,924). About 1.0% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,054 people, 544 households, and 317 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,765.2 people per square mile (1,070.9/km2). There were 1,574 housing units at an average density of 4,129.5 per square mile (1,599.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.58% White, 0.09% African American, 1.14% Asian, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 544 households, out of which 10.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.53.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 11.4% under the age of 18, 2.6% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 32.6% from 45 to 64, and 34.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $51,324, and the median income for a family was $68,194. Males had a median income of $53,250 versus $36,146 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $50,884. About 2.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Longport offers surfing and other water sports recreation on the beaches at 32nd Avenue and Pelham Avenue.

Transportation

2018-10-04 15 20 36 View east along Atlantic County Route 629 (Ventnor Avenue) at Absequam Avenue in Longport, Atlantic County, New Jersey
County Route 629 entering Longport

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 13.56 miles (21.82 km) of roadways, of which 12.78 miles (20.57 km) were maintained by the municipality and 0.78 miles (1.26 km) by Atlantic County.

No Interstate, U.S., state or major county highways directly serve Longport. The only numbered roads in Longport are minor county routes, such as County Route 629.

The Longport Bridge

There is access to and from the mainland and Ocean City by way of a series of bridges and causeways including the JFK Memorial Bridge, The Ocean City Bridge, and the Dolores G. Cooper Bridge, also known as Longport-Somers Point Boulevard.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service on the 505 route between the borough and Atlantic City.

Education

For kindergarten through eighth grade, public school students from Longport attend the Margate City Schools in Margate City as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Longport is a non-operating school district that had 49 students in the Margate district and 8 in Atlantic City for high school as of 2010, operating with a three-member board of education that oversaw its relationships with its sending districts. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 351 students and 48.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.2:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are William H. Ross III Elementary School 169 students in grades K-4 and Eugene A. Tighe Middle School with 181 students in grades 5-8.

Starting in the 2014–15 school year, public school students from Longport in grades 9-12 attend Ocean City High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Ocean City School District; the Longport district, which is closer to Ocean City and would save significantly on tuition costs per student, received permission from the New Jersey Department of Education to end the relationship with Atlantic City. As of the 2018–19 school year, Ocean City High School had an enrollment of 1,245 students and 98.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1.

Through the 2013–14 school year, Longport's students had attended Atlantic City High School, along with those from Brigantine, Margate City and Ventnor City, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Atlantic City School District. The Longport Board of Education had investigated the possibility of offering city students the option of attending either Atlantic City High School or Ocean City High School, as part of an effort to control the costs for the average of ten Longport students sent to attend public high school annually. With the Atlantic City district charging tuition estimated at nearly $24,000 per student as of 2013–14 and the Ocean City School District charging 25% less per student, district officials estimated prospective savings of $128,000 in the first five years, though those savings could disappear if more of the nearly two-thirds of students attending private high schools were to shift to choose the new Ocean City option. In June 2014, the Acting State Commissioner of Education approved the end of the relationship with the Atlantic City district under which Longport's students could start attending Ocean City High School starting with the 2014–15 school year.

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 options in the area include Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden and St. Augustine Preparatory School, which is an all-boys Augustinian, Catholic college preparatory institution.

Notable people

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

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

  • Leland Beloff (born 1942), member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Philadelphia City Council who resigned from office after being convicted in Federal court on extortion charges.
  • Jack Crawford (born 1988), professional American football player for the Oakland Raiders.
  • Thomas Cruse (1857–1943), United States Army brigadier general who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in action in 1882 at the Battle of Big Dry Wash.
  • Louis Johanson (1929–2004), member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and the Philadelphia City Council who was convicted for accepting a bribe in the Abscam sting operation.
  • Howard Kupperman (1931-2014), politician who represented the 2nd Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1976 to 1978 and served as the mayor of Longport from 1983 to 1992.
  • Heinie Miller (1893–1964), football player who played in the early years of the National Football League for the Buffalo All-Americans and the Milwaukee Badgers.
  • Paul Steelman (born 1955), architect.
  • James Hugh Joseph Tate (1910–1983), mayor of Philadelphia from 1962 to 1972.
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