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Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Stone Harbor
U.S. Life-Saving Station No. 35
U.S. Life-Saving Station No. 35
Stone Harbor Borough highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Stone Harbor Borough highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated April 28, 1914
Area
 • Total 1.962 sq mi (5.081 km2)
 • Land 1.398 sq mi (3.620 km2)
 • Water 0.564 sq mi (1.461 km2)  28.76%
Area rank 415th of 566 in state
11th of 16 in county
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 866
 • Estimate (2015) 836
 • Rank 541st of 566 in state
14th of 16 in county
 • Density 619.6/sq mi (239.2/km2)
 • Density rank 423rd of 566 in state
11th of 16 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08247
Area code(s) 609 Exchanges: 368, 967
FIPS code 3400971010
GNIS feature ID 0885410

Stone Harbor is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, that is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. It occupies the southern portion of Seven Mile Island together with its northern neighbor Avalon. It is a resort community for visitors enjoying beaches, sailing facilities and a thriving commercial center. The community attracts a large number of vacationers from the Mid-Atlantic region and Quebec. The borough has a summer population in excess of 20,000, and a year-round population of 866, according to the 2010 United States Census.

The New York Times describes Stone Harbor as a place of "gleaming McMansions and elegant shops", with an average single-family home selling for $2.5 million in 2008. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Stone Harbor (ZIP code 08247) as #191 on its list of the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States, based on median home sale prices after being ranked 47th in the magazine's 2006 listing. As of 2001, Worth magazine ranked Stone Harbor at 101 on its list of the Richest Towns in America, based on median annual real estate prices.

History

Development began in the late 19th century as a beach resort along the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad line. The community was marketed to wealthy residents of Philadelphia seeking a resort destination for a second home.

Stone Harbor was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 3, 1914, from portions of Middle Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 28, 1914. The borough gained a portion of Avalon on December 27, 1941. The borough is said to be made name for an English sea captain named Stone who sought shelter from a storm in the area.

In 2015, a contract was awarded to dredge adjacent bodies of water. In early 2016, during the dewatering stage of the operation, a total of three geotubes discharged a small quantity of sediment containing several contaminants. Dredging was halted pending development of a plan to prevent future such spills.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.962 square miles (5.081 km2), including 1.398 square miles (3.620 km2) of land and 0.564 square miles (1.461 km2) of water (28.76%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Seven Mile Beach.

Stone Harbor borders Avalon Borough, Middle Township, North Wildwood City and the Atlantic Ocean.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 159
1930 363 128.3%
1940 383 5.5%
1950 670 74.9%
1960 834 24.5%
1970 1,089 30.6%
1980 1,187 9.0%
1990 1,025 −13.6%
2000 1,128 10.0%
2010 866 −23.2%
Est. 2015 836 −3.5%
Population sources: 1920–2000
1920 1920–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 866 people, 441 households, and 256 families residing in the borough. The population density was 619.6 per square mile (239.2/km2). There were 3,247 housing units at an average density of 2,323.3 per square mile (897.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 97.11% (841) White, 1.62% (14) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.12% (1) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.69% (6) from other races, and 0.46% (4) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.35% (29) of the population.

There were 441 households out of which 10.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.54.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 10.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 11.8% from 25 to 44, 31.4% from 45 to 64, and 41.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60.6 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 84.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $69,286 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,969) and the median family income was $92,083 (+/- $19,643). Males had a median income of $55,417 (+/- $23,166) versus $70,208 (+/- $15,479) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $60,057 (+/- $10,700). About 2.8% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,128 people, 596 households, and 330 families residing in the borough. The population density was 796.1 people per square mile (306.7/km2). There were 3,428 housing units at an average density of 2,419.4 per square mile (932.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.76% White, 0.80% African American, 0.18% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 596 households out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.5% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.89 and the average family size was 2.50.

In the borough the population was spread out with 12.3% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 14.4% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 38.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $51,471, and the median income for a family was $67,250. Males had a median income of $52,500 versus $35,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $46,427. About 1.5% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 24.11 miles (38.80 km) of roadways, of which 21.38 miles (34.41 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.73 miles (4.39 km) by Cape May County.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers the 315 inter-city bus route that runs through the town three times a day and shuttles people to and from Philadelphia, and the 319 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Points of interest

Stoneharborwatertower
Water Tower in Stone Harbor, New Jersey

The Stone Harbor Water Tower pumping station, built in 1924, is the oldest municipal structure still in use in Stone Harbor. The tower, 133 feet (41 m) high, can be seen from almost anywhere on the island. It holds 500,000 US gallons (1,900,000 l; 420,000 imp gal) of water and is supplied by four individual fresh water wells 890 feet (270 m) deep that tap the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer. In 2005, artist Peter Max developed a plan to cover the water tower with a mural made up of digital version of his paintings and artworks that covered 30 by 170 feet (9.1 by 51.8 m) that would be glued to the tower from June through September, with facsimiles of the art sold through Ocean Galleries as a fundraiser to benefit The Wetlands Institute and other charities.

Stone Harbor attractions include The Wetlands Institute, the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary and the Stone Harbor Museum. The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, maintain the Villa Maria by the Sea convent, which opened in June 1937. The beach fronting the Villa is called Nun's Beach and is a well known surfing spot.

It was ranked the tenth-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.


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