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Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May is a city located in Cape May County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 4,034. The Cape May area is a world-famous location for the observation of migrating birds in autumn.


Cape May is located at 38°56'13" North, 74°54'40" West (38.936814, -74.911094)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 km² (2.8 mi²). 6.4 km² (2.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 11.43% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 4,034 people, 1,821 households, and 1,034 families residing in the city. The population density is 628.0/km² (1,623.7/mi²). There are 4,064 housing units at an average density of 632.7/km² (1,635.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.32% White, 5.26% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 3.79% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,821 households out of which 18.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% are married couples living together, 7.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% are non-families. 39.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 24.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.02 and the average family size is 2.69.

In the city the population is spread out with 16.3% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 47 years. For every 100 females there are 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $33,462, and the median income for a family is $46,250. Males have a median income of $29,194 versus $25,842 for females. The per capita income for the city is $29,902. 9.1% of the population and 7.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.0% are under the age of 18 and 10.9% are 65 or older.