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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Old Cape May County Courthouse Building
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Cape May Court House is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 39°04′44″N 74°49′15″W / 39.07892°N 74.820866°W / 39.07892; -74.820866Coordinates: 39°04′44″N 74°49′15″W / 39.07892°N 74.820866°W / 39.07892; -74.820866
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyCape May
TownshipMiddle
Area
 • Total9.899 sq mi (25.639 km2)
 • Land8.926 sq mi (23.118 km2)
 • Water0.973 sq mi (2.520 km2)  9.83%
Elevation13 ft (4 m)
Population
 • Total5,338
 • Density598.0/sq mi (230.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
08210[4]
Area code(s)609
FIPS code3410300[1][5]
GNIS feature ID02389275[1][6]

Cape May Court House is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Middle Township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States.[7][8] It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 5,338.[3] It is the county seat of Cape May County[9] and serves as the principal administrative hub for the township.

Cape Regional Medical Center, known as Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital until April 2007, is the only hospital in Cape May County.[10] The Cape May County Park and Zoo is also located in Cape May Court House.[11]

History[edit]

Cape May Court House was laid out in 1703 by Jeremiah Hand and was first called Rumney Marsh and afterward Middleton before the adoption of its present name. The Court of Cape May County met in private homes and the First Baptist Church until 1764, when Daniel Hand set 1-acre (4,000 m2) of his own property to construct a court house and jail. It was replaced by the current structure in 1849.[12]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 9.899 square miles (25.639 km2), including 8.926 square miles (23.118 km2) of land and 0.973 square miles (2.520 km2) of water (9.83%).[1][13]

Parks and recreation[edit]

First United Methodist Church, next to the old courthouse

The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House provides free year-round admission to a collection of over 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres of exhibits. The zoo is located in the center of Cape May County's Central Park, and together the zoo and the park cover about 220 acres. The zoo began operation in 1978. Its principal exhibit areas are a 57-acre African Savanna, a free-flight aviary, and a reptile collection.[14]

The Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex includes basketball courts, soccer fields, and baseball fields.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19601,749
19702,06217.9%
19803,59774.4%
19904,42623.0%
20004,7046.3%
20105,33813.5%
Population sources:1960-1980[15]
1990-2010[7] 2000[16] 2010[3]

2010 Census[edit]

The 2010 United States census counted 5,338 people, 2,165 households, and 1,396 families in the CDP. The population density was 598.0 per square mile (230.9/km2). There were 2,603 housing units at an average density of 291.6 per square mile (112.6/km2). The racial makeup was 85.14% (4,545) White, 9.25% (494) Black or African American, 0.11% (6) Native American, 2.36% (126) Asian, 0.04% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.92% (49) from other races, and 2.17% (116) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.03% (162) of the population.[3]

Of the 2,165 households, 23.5% had children under the age of 18; 48.1% were married couples living together; 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 35.5% were non-families. Of all households, 29.4% were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.[3]

19.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.1 years. For every 100 females, the population had 88.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 83.4 males.[3]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,773 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,695) and the median family income was $73,618 (+/- $19,854). Males had a median income of $57,109 (+/- $11,100) versus $50,231 (+/- $6,373) for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $31,865 (+/- $4,296). About 0.9% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.[17]

2000 Census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[5] there were 4,704 people, 1,732 households, and 1,221 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 202.3/km2 (524.1/mi2). There were 2,086 housing units at an average density of 89.7/km2 (232.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.35% White, 10.88% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.70% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.[16]

There were 1,732 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.[16]

In the CDP the population was spread out, with 23.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.[16]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,902, and the median income for a family was $56,707. Males had a median income of $39,848 versus $28,043 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,541. About 5.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Education[edit]

Main branch of Cape May County Library

Middle Township Public Schools is the local school district for Middle Township: it operates Middle Township High School. All four schools and the district headquarters are in Cape May Court House CDP.[18][19]

The Cape May County Technical School District operates Cape May County Technical High School which has a CMCH address,[20] but is not within the CDP boundaries.[18] Special needs students may be referred to Cape May County Special Services School District in Cape May Court House.

Areas in Dennis Township with Cape May Court House postal addresses, which are not in the CDP, are in Dennis Township Public Schools for K-8.

There is a private Christian K-12 school in Middle Township, Cape Christian Academy. It is in the CMCH CDP and has a CMCH postal address.[21] Richard Degener of the Press of Atlantic City described it as being in Burleigh.[22]

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden operates Bishop McHugh Regional School, a Catholic K-8 school, in Ocean View, Dennis Township,[23] which has a Cape May Courthouse postal address.[24] The school is supported by four parishes in Cape May County including the Cape May Courthouse Church.[25]

Church Street Christian School, 18 months to preschool, is on the property of its sponsor, First United Methodist Church. It was formerly a Montessori school.[26]

Cape May County Library has its Cape May Court House branch in the CDP.[18][27]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The nearest YMCA is the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA in Vineland.[28]

Wineries[edit]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Cape May Court House include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gazetteer of New Jersey Places, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 21, 2016.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cape May Court House Census Designated Place, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Cape May Court House CDP, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Look Up a ZIP Code for Cape May Court House, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed May 1, 2012.
  5. ^ a b U.S. Census website , United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  6. ^ US Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  7. ^ a b New Jersey: 2010 - Population and Housing Unit Counts - 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH-2-32), United States Census Bureau, August 2012. Accessed November 29, 2012.
  8. ^ GCT-PH1 - Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for Middlesex County, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed November 29, 2012.
  9. ^ New Jersey County Map, New Jersey Department of State. Accessed July 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Ianieri, Brian. "Bye bye, Burdette: Hospital has new name / Switch to Cape Regional Medical Center reflects new services, officials say", The Press of Atlantic City, April 3, 2007. Accessed October 17, 2012. "Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital's name became history Monday morning, as Cape May County's only hospital changed its name abruptly to Cape Regional Medical Center."
  11. ^ Home Page, Cape May County Zoo. Accessed November 15, 2016.
  12. ^ Cape May County, getnj.com. Accessed September 6, 2007.
  13. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  14. ^ Parks, Cape May County Park & Zoo. Accessed November 15, 2016.
  15. ^ Staff. 1980 Census of Population: Number of Inhabitants United States Summary, p. 1-141. United States Census Bureau, June 1983. Accessed January 12, 2012.
  16. ^ a b c d e DP-1: Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data for Cape May Court House CDP, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 1, 2012.
  17. ^ DP03: Selected Economic Characteristics from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for Cape May Court House CDP, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 1, 2012.
  18. ^ a b c "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Cape May Court House CDP, NJ" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 23, 2020. - Pages: 1 and 2.
    Also in the 2000 U.S. Census: "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE CDP" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 23, 2020. - See pages: 1, 2, 3, and 4.
    Also identical in the 1990 U.S. Census: "1990 COUNTY BLOCK MAP (RECREATED): CAPE MAY County" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 23, 2020. - Cape May Court House CDP is on pages 22, 23, and 26.
  19. ^ All four district schools have CMCH addresses with the Zip code 08210: District HQ and Elementary #1 respectively: 216 South Main Street and 215 Eldredge Road, Elementary #2: "101 W. Pacific Ave." - Middle school: 300 E. Pacific Avenue, High school: 300 East Atlantic Avenue - Compare the school addresses to the CDP address.
  20. ^ "Home". Cape May County Technical School District. Retrieved September 23, 2020. 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House NJ 08210 - Compare to the CDP map.
  21. ^ "Home". Cape Christian Academy. Retrieved July 15, 2021. 10 Oyster Road Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 - See map of CDP from the 2010 U.S. Census - page 1 and page 2. In contrast it is across from but not in the Burleigh CDP: Seen here.
  22. ^ Degener, Richard (September 23, 1993). "PROPERTIED CLASS / CAPE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BUYS LAND FOR CENTRAL CAMPUS". The Press of Atlantic City. p. C1. - Available from Newsbank, ID# news/0EAEAA6D18083359.
  23. ^ Leach, Ben (September 10, 2010). "Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School in Ocean View opens doors to kindergartners, pre-K students". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved September 14, 2020. Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township
  24. ^ "Zoning Map" (PDF). Dennis Township. Retrieved September 14, 2020. - Compare to the address: "2221 Rt. 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210"
  25. ^ "About". Bishop McHugh Regional School. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  26. ^ Campbell, Al (September 10, 2010). "Church Street Christian School Rededicated". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  27. ^ "Cape May Court House". Cape May County Library. Retrieved September 14, 2020. 30 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
  28. ^ "Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA installs new board officers". The Daily Journal. February 28, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2021. Kathy Farinaccio, second vice president/secretary, commented, “The YMCA’s value is priceless for providing families in Cumberland, Cape May, and Atlantic Counties a healthy, active, and vibrant environment.”
  29. ^ Berg, Aimee. "Disabled Skier Designs His Way to Be a Daredevil", The New York Times, December 13, 2006. Accessed November 27, 2007. "These days, Bramble builds the 32-pound aluminum and steel contraptions in a converted woodshop behind the two-story home that he built for his parents in Cape May Court House, N.J., before the accident. He and his fiancée, Leslie, live in an apartment above the shop, which he reaches via an open-air elevator that he also engineered."
  30. ^ "Lockerbie victim's mom happy to see 'monster' Gadhafi gone". Times Herald-Record. October 21, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2021. Theo’s parents, Susan and Dan Cohen, moved from Port Jervis to Cape May Courthouse, N.J.,[...]
  31. ^ Spencer, Zac. "Former Middle soccer standout Joe Fala on Red Bulls 2 preseason roster", The Press of Atlantic City, February 20, 2020. Accessed March 8, 2020. "When Joe Fala went into college, he was a three-sport athlete at Middle Township High School.... The 22-year-old Cape May Court House resident has spent the past four years making a name for himself at NCAA Division III Ramapo College in Mahwah, Bergen County, where he’s now a senior."
  32. ^ "Recent Deaths". Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Massachusetts Medical Society. 156: 588. 1907.
  33. ^ Staff. "Maher Gets Over Five Years for Drunk Driving Death", Cape May County Herald, January 7, 2010. Accessed October 3, 2017. "A former Middle Township High School and Philadelphia Kixx soccer star was sentenced to 5 ½ years in state prison today (Thursday, Jan. 7) for a drunk driving crash that killed a Philadelphia man on March 7. Before being eligible for parole, Matthew Maher, 25, of Court House, must serve 85 percent of the sentence for aggravated manslaughter handed down by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio."
  34. ^ Pesice, Duane. "Szcz the Day: A Profile Of Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur", Bleedcubbieblue.com, April 12, 2016. Accessed July 21, 2017. "Matthew Francis Szczur was born on July 20, 1989 in Cape May Court House, an unincorporated community in central New Jersey."

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