West Cape May, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Cape May, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of West Cape May had a population of 998 as of July 1, 2016. West Cape May ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Cape May is located at latitude 38.9422 and longitude -74.939 in Cape May County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of West Cape May (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.16 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Cape May County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Borough of West Cape May (GNIS ID: 885435) 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 West Cape May population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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West Cape May, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 998
Population in Households 998
Population in Familes 760
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 856
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 482
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 287
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,045 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 367 (35.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 115 (11.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 563 (53.9%)
Median Home Value $490,741
Average Home Value $497,758


Median Household Income $51,361
Average Household Income $78,928
Per Capita Income $37,218
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.41% -0.36%
Households -0.36% -0.29%
Families -0.38% -0.28%
Median Household Income   -0.78%
Per Capita Income   1.93%
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.

West Cape May, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Cape May 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 # 463 15th
Population Density1 # 446 18th
Diversity Index2 # 300 45th
Median Household Income # 468 14th
Per Capita Income # 281 49th

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