Cape May, NJ Profile: Facts & Data


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Cape May, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Cape May had a population of 3,650 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Cape May is located at latitude 38.9416 and longitude -74.9005 in Cape May County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cape May (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.34 sq. miles. Cape May County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The City of Cape May (GNIS ID: 885178) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cape May: Caep May, Cape Island, Cape May City, Cape May Town.

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Cape May, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 3,650
Population in Households 2,892
Population in Familes 2,118
Population in Group Qrtrs 758
Population Density2 1,518
Diversity Index3 39


Median Household Income $58,545
Average Household Income $98,201
Per Capita Income $44,580


Total Housing Units 4,629 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 827 (17.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 674 (14.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,128 (67.6%)
Median Home Value $682,692
Average Home Value $723,186


Total Households 1,501
Average Household Size 1.93
Family Households 802
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.14% -0.19%
Households 0.36% -0.17%
Families 0.29% -0.2%
Median Household Income   4.46%
Per Capita Income   3.79%

Cape May, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cape May to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 317 42nd
Population Density # 382 30th
Diversity Index # 296 46th
Median Household Income # 439 20th
Per Capita Income # 209 62nd

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