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Villas, New Jersey
Judge Nathaniel Foster House
Judge Nathaniel Foster House
Map of Villas highlighted within Cape May County. Right: Location of Cape May County in New Jersey.
Map of Villas highlighted within Cape May County. Right: Location of Cape May County in New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Township Lower
Area
 • Total 3.909 sq mi (10.124 km2)
 • Land 3.883 sq mi (10.058 km2)
 • Water 0.026 sq mi (0.067 km2)  0.66%
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 • Total 9,483
 • Density 2,442.0/sq mi (942.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
08251
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3476010
GNIS feature ID 02390438

Villas, also known as the Villas, is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Lower Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 census, the CDP's population was 9,483.

Villas is the site of Blitz's Market, where one of the four winning Mega Millions lottery tickets was sold to a veteran with a disability on August 31, 2007.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 3.909 square miles (10.124 km2), including 3.883 square miles (10.058 km2) of land and 0.026 square miles (0.067 km2) of water (0.66%).

Demographics

Fishing Creek School
Fishing Creek Schoolhouse on Bayshore Drive is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,505
1980 2,734 81.7%
1990 8,136 197.6%
2000 9,064 11.4%
2010 9,483 4.6%
Population sources: 1970-1980
1990-2010 2000 2010

Census 2010

Villas FD Lower twp NJ
Villas Fire Department

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,483 people, 3,896 households, and 2,567 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,442.0 per square mile (942.9/km2). There were 5,849 housing units at an average density of 1,506.2 per square mile (581.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.49% (8,866) White, 1.95% (185) Black or African American, 0.17% (16) Native American, 0.33% (31) Asian, 0.06% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.76% (167) from other races, and 2.24% (212) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.18% (586) of the population.

There were 3,896 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 86.8 males.

Census 2000

At the 2000 census there were 9,064 people, 3,733 households, and 2,456 families in the CDP. The population density was 881.5/km2 (2,281.4/mi2). There were 5,694 housing units at an average density of 553.8/km2 (1,433.2/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.35% White, 1.19% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.41% of the population.

Of the 3,733 households 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.5% of households were one person and 15.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median household income was $33,563 and the median family income was $38,950. Males had a median income of $32,996 versus $21,723 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,696. About 8.3% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education

David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School
David C. Douglass Memorial School is in Villas
Lower Cape Branch Library NJ
Lower Township Library

As with other parts of Lower Township, it is served by Lower Township School District for primary grades and Lower Cape May Regional School District for secondary grades.

One of the Lower Township elementary school facilities, David C. Douglass Memorial Elementary School (pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten), is in Villas CDP. The other three elementary schools are in Cold Spring: Carl T. Mitnick (grades 1–2), Maud Abrams (grades 3–4), and Sandman Consolidated (grades 5–6). The LCMR schools (Richard Teitelman Middle and Lower Cape May Regional High School) are in the Erma area.

Students are also eligible to attend Cape May County Technical High School in Cape May Court House, which serves students from the entire county in its comprehensive and vocational programs, which are offered without charge to students who are county residents. Special needs students may be referred to Cape May County Special Services School District in the Cape May Court House area.

Wildwood Catholic Academy (PreK-12) in North Wildwood, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, is the closest Catholic school. Villas CDP had its own Catholic K-8 school, St. Raymond's School, until 2007, when it merged into Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Cape May. In 2010 that school merged into Cape Trinity Regional School (PreK – 8) in North Wildwood. That school in turn merged into Wildwood Catholic Academy in 2020.

Cape May County Library operates the Lower Township Library in Villas.

Notable people

Horseshoe crab with shells
Atlantic horseshoe crab on the beach by Delaware Bay in Villas.
See also (related category): People from Cape May County, New Jersey

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

  • Michael Linnington (born 1958), CEO of Wounded Warrior Project
  • Steven Rappaport, performer with The Ran-Dells, which was a one-hit wonder with the song "Martian Hop".
  • Joseph “Mike” Conroy, known for jumping Devils Hill in the summer of 1979 on his sisters reportedly stolen bike. The yellow ten speed exploded upon impact but he remained atop of it and rode away into the sunset of the Delaware Bay. He’s also known for the infamous Villas News Disaster of ‘81 where he quit his paper route leaving his brother, Jim Conroy, by himself to deliver all of the papers alone.
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