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Margate City, New Jersey
City
City of Margate City
Atlantic Ocean shoreline
Atlantic Ocean shoreline
Map of Margate City in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Margate City in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Margate City, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Margate City, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated September 7, 1885 (as South Atlantic City)
Reincorporated April 23, 1897 (as city)
Incorporated April 20, 1909 (as Margate City)
Named for Margate, England
Area
 • Total 1.631 sq mi (4.225 km2)
 • Land 1.415 sq mi (3.665 km2)
 • Water 0.216 sq mi (0.560 km2)  13.25%
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 6,354
 • Estimate (2015) 6,237
 • Rank 333rd of 566 in state
14th of 23 in county
 • Density 4,490.3/sq mi (1,733.7/km2)
 • Density rank 129th of 566 in state
2nd of 23 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08402
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3400143890
GNIS feature ID 0885292
Website www.margate-nj.com
See also: other Margates

Margate City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 6,354, reflecting a decline of 1,839 (-22.4%) from the 8,193 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 238 (-2.8%) from the 8,431 counted in the 1990 Census.

Margate City was originally incorporated as the borough of South Atlantic City by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 7, 1885, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held on August 1, 1885. South Atlantic City was reincorporated as a city on April 23, 1897, and then reincorporated with the name Margate City on April 20, 1909. The city was named for Margate, England.

The city is located on Absecon Island, which stretches for 8.1 miles (13.0 km) and is also home of Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. The city stretches about eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town. Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer, and is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot (20 m) wooden elephant, and of Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame.

Geography

Margate City had a total area of 1.631 square miles (4.225 km2), including 1.415 square miles (3.665 km2) of land and 0.216 square miles (0.560 km2) of water (13.25%). Margate City borders both Ventnor City and Longport.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 69
1910 129 87.0%
1920 249 93.0%
1930 2,913 1,069.9%
1940 3,266 12.1%
1950 4,715 44.4%
1960 9,474 100.9%
1970 10,576 11.6%
1980 9,179 −13.2%
1990 8,431 −8.1%
2000 8,193 −2.8%
2010 6,354 −22.4%
Est. 2015 6,237 −1.8%
Population sources:
1900-2000 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,354 people, 3,156 households, and 1,805 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,490.3 per square mile (1,733.7/km2). There were 7,114 housing units at an average density of 5,027.4 per square mile (1,941.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the city was 96.36% (6,123) White, 0.71% (45) Black or African American, 0.09% (6) Native American, 0.98% (62) Asian, 0.02% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.72% (46) from other races, and 1.12% (71) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% (175) of the population.

There were 3,156 households out of which 14.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the city, the population was spread out with 14.0% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 15.5% from 25 to 44, 34.1% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.9 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 87.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $66,667 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,735) and the median family income was $90,625 (+/- $6,808). Males had a median income of $81,759 (+/- $13,790) versus $61,179 (+/- $11,593) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $50,328 (+/- $7,450). About 8.4% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,193 people, 3,984 households, and 2,302 families residing in the city. The population density was 2, 243.5/km2 (5,825.4/sq mi). There were 7,006 housing units at an average density of 4,981.4 per square mile (1,918.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.73% White, 0.87% African American, 0.02% Native American, 1.56% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71% of the population.

There were 3,984 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.4% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,876, and the median income for a family was $63,917. Males had a median income of $48,152 versus $31,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,566. About 7.0% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Summer residency

Along with other spots on the Jersey Shore, Margate becomes a popular destination in the summer months. Many houses in Margate are second homes used during the summer, and a considerable number are owned by year-round residents. Unlike in other places, such as Cape May or Ocean City, where many visitors spend a few nights in a hotel, Margate has no hotels, so most of the people who choose this town are regulars. Unlike other area towns such as Ocean City and the municipalities on Long Beach Island, weekly house/condominium rentals are almost non-existent in Margate.

Beaches

Margate's beaches attract surfers, kayaking and hobie cat sailing.

The Margate beaches are narrower than beaches at many other places at the Jersey Shore. There are few dunes and those that do exist are artificial, having been created to protect beaches from nor'easters and hurricanes. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Margate voters will consider a referendum that would allow the city to participate in a program operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under which dunes would be constructed on the city's beaches, which would be intended to alleviate beach erosion and provide storm protection to Margate and to adjoining Ventnor City, which has already had a beach protection program in place for the past ten years, under which dunes have already been constructed.

Margate City Beach Patrol operates lifeguard stands and beach patrol operations for the Margate beaches. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months from 10 am to 6 pm, with more limited hours in the late Spring and early Autumn months.

Marinas and fishing

Margate is host to many bayside docks providing the casual fisherman hours of enjoyment and relaxation.Local charter boats offer sport and deep sea fishing. Margate's many marinas offer docks for lease, equipment rentals, fuel stations and fishing charters.

Attractions

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Lucy the Elephant

Margate is the home of Lucy the Elephant, the "largest elephant in the world" and is the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over 130 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of fans each year.

The Margate farmers' market is held every Thursday during summer months. Shoppers can purchase local produce and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 42.53 miles (68.45 km) of roadways, of which 39.98 miles (64.34 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.55 miles (4.10 km) by Atlantic County.

The Margate Bridge

The Margate bridge is a privately owned and operated toll-bridge which connects Margate to the mainland.

Public transportation

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

Popular culture

In the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer, Margate is the hometown of the male lead character, Tom Hansen, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Scott Neustadter, one of the screenplay's co-writers, grew up in Margate.

In the 1998 Nicolas Cage mystery/thriller film Snake Eyes, Margate is the main character's place of residence, alluded to as a pleasant suburban town, in contrast to the grittier Atlantic City, which forms the backdrop of the story.

In the third-season finale of Boardwalk Empire, "Margate Sands", the city is referenced as a site of gang violence between the forces of fictionalized Nucky Thompson and his rivals.

The movie Duane Hopwood was filmed at Eugene A. Tighe Middle School and at Maynards Cafe in 2004.


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