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 962 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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West Cape May, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 962
Daytime Population: Workers 347
Daytime Population: Residents 382
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 729
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.76
Population in Households 962
Population in Familes 734
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 826
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $50,895
Average Household Income $81,516
Per Capita Income $38,144


Total Housing Units 1,043 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 350 (33.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 113 (10.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 581 (55.7%)
Median Home Value $492,727
Average Home Value $501,214


Total Households 462
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 276
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.86% -0.85%
Households -0.89% -0.88%
Families -0.87% -0.89%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   3.23%

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, 2017 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 # 465 15th
Population Density # 448 18th
Diversity Index # 299 46th
Median Household Income # 473 13th
Per Capita Income # 277 49th

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