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North Wildwood, New Jersey
City
City of North Wildwood
North Wildwood beach at 3rd Avenue
North Wildwood beach at 3rd Avenue
North Wildwood City highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
North Wildwood City highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of North Wildwood, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of North Wildwood, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated June 13, 1885 as Borough of Anglesea
Reincorporated May 16, 1906 as Borough of North Wildwood
Reincorporated April 30, 1917 as City of North Wildwood
Area
 • Total 2.135 sq mi (5.528 km2)
 • Land 1.753 sq mi (4.539 km2)
 • Water 0.382 sq mi (0.988 km2)  17.88%
Area rank 399th of 566 in state
10th of 16 in county
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 4,041
 • Estimate (2015) 3,901
 • Rank 410th of 566 in state
7th of 16 in county
 • Density 2,305.8/sq mi (890.3/km2)
 • Density rank 266th of 566 in state
3rd of 16 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08260
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3400953490
GNIS feature ID 0885328
Website www.northwildwood.com

North Wildwood is a city located on the Jersey Shore in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 4,041, reflecting a decline of 894 (-18.1%) from the 4,935 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 82 (-1.6%) from the 5,017 counted in the 1990 Census. North Wildwood is home to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.

It was ranked the fourth-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. North Wildwood is one of five municipalities in the state that offer free public access to oceanfront beaches monitored by lifeguards, joining Atlantic City, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Upper Township's Strathmere section.

History

What is now North Wildwood City was originally incorporated as the borough of Anglesea on June 13, 1885, from portions of Middle Township, based on the results of a referendum held 11 days earlier. The borough was reincorporated on March 6, 1896, and again on May 4, 1897. On May 16, 1906, the Borough of North Wildwood was incorporated, replacing Anglesea Borough.

Legislation passed in April 1908 established a potential consolidation of North Wildwood and Holly Beach City into Wildwood, subject to approval of referendums in each of the three municipalities.

On April 30, 1917, the area was reincorporated as the City of North Wildwood, in turn replacing North Wildwood borough. The city's name comes from Wildwood, which in turn was named for the area's wild flowers.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 2.135 square miles (5.528 km2), including 1.753 square miles (4.539 km2) of land and 0.382 square miles (0.988 km2) of water (17.88%).

The borough borders the Cape May County municipalities of Stone Harbor Borough, Wildwood City, West Wildwood Borough, Middle Township, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 161
1900 161 0.0%
1910 833 417.4%
1920 807 −3.1%
1930 2,049 153.9%
1940 1,921 −6.2%
1950 3,158 64.4%
1960 3,598 13.9%
1970 3,914 8.8%
1980 4,714 20.4%
1990 5,017 6.4%
2000 4,935 −1.6%
2010 4,041 −18.1%
Est. 2015 3,901 −3.5%
Population sources:
1890-2000 1890-1920
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,041 people, 2,047 households, and 1,085 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,305.8 per square mile (890.3/km2). There were 8,840 housing units at an average density of 5,044.1 per square mile (1,947.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the city was 94.98% (3,838) White, 1.14% (46) Black or African American, 0.32% (13) Native American, 0.35% (14) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.26% (51) from other races, and 1.95% (79) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.03% (163) of the population.

There were 2,047 households out of which 12.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the city, the population was spread out with 13.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 30.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.9 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $45,041 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,807) and the median family income was $56,116 (+/- $10,273). Males had a median income of $60,068 (+/- $9,524) versus $35,879 (+/- $5,208) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,748 (+/- $5,814). About 10.6% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,935 people, 2,309 households, and 1,394 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,794.6 people per square mile (1,076.5/km2). There were 7,411 housing units at an average density of 4,196.7 per square mile (1,616.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.62% White, 0.81% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 2,309 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.2% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

WildwoodBoardwalkAbove
The boardwalk entrance seen from further away

The median income for a household in the city was $32,582, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $32,986 versus $22,064 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,656. About 9.9% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 35.57 miles (57.24 km) of roadways, of which 33.19 miles (53.41 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.42 miles (2.29 km) by Cape May County and 0.96 miles (1.54 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service in the borough on the 313/315 routes between Cape May and Philadelphia (with seasonal service on the 316 route), on the 319 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and on the 552 route between Cape May and Atlantic City.

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