Atlantic City, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Atlantic City, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Atlantic City had a population of 39,693 as of July 1, 2016. Atlantic City ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Atlantic City is located at latitude 39.3773 and longitude -74.4511 in Atlantic County. The formal boundaries for the City of Atlantic City (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.75 sq. miles and a water area of 6.29 sq. miles. Atlantic County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The City of Atlantic City (GNIS ID: 885142) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Atlantic City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Atlantic City: Absecon Beach, Absecum Beach, Abseon Beach.

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Atlantic City, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 39,693
Population in Households 38,868
Population in Familes 28,536
Population in Group Qrtrs 825
Population Density1 3,693
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 15,441
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 8,475
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 20,654 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,904 (18.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,537 (55.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,213 (25.2%)
Median Home Value $206,994
Average Home Value $244,453


Median Household Income $29,239
Average Household Income $44,413
Per Capita Income $17,850
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.05% 0.27%
Households -0.07% 0.21%
Families -0.16% 0.18%
Median Household Income   0.39%
Per Capita Income   0.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Atlantic City, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Atlantic City to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 96th
Population Density1 # 179 67th
Diversity Index2 # 9 99th
Median Household Income # 540 1st
Per Capita Income # 532 3rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New Jersey Census Data Comparison Tool.