North Wildwood, N.J.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
City
City of North Wildwood

North Wildwood beach at 3rd Avenue

North Wildwood City highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of North Wildwood, New Jersey

Coordinates: 39.004328°N 74.799458°WCoordinates: 39.004328°N 74.799458°W[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated June 13, 1885 as Borough of Anglesea
Reincorporated May 16, 1906 as Borough of North Wildwood
Reincorporated April 30, 1917 as City of North Wildwood
Government[6]
 • Type City
 • Mayor William J. Henfey (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Administrator Louis M. Belasco[4]
 • Clerk Janet H. Harkins[5]
Area[2]
 • Total 2.135 sq mi (5.528 km2)
 • Land 1.753 sq mi (4.539 km2)
 • Water 0.382 sq mi (0.988 km2)  17.88%
Area rank 399th of 566 in state
10th of 16 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 4,041
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 3,989
 • Rank 410th of 566 in state
7th of 16 in county[12]
 • Density 2,305.8/sq mi (890.3/km2)
 • Density rank 266th of 566 in state
3rd of 16 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08260[13]
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3400953490[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0885328[16][2]
Website http://www.northwildwood.com

North Wildwood is a city located on the Jersey Shore in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 4,041,[8][9][10] reflecting a decline of 894 (-18.1%) from the 4,935 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 82 (-1.6%) from the 5,017 counted in the 1990 Census.[17] North Wildwood is home to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.[18]

What is now North Wildwood City was originally incorporated as the borough of Anglesea on June 13, 1885, from portions of Middle Township, based on the results of a referendum held eleven days earlier. The borough was reincorporated on March 6, 1896, and again on May 4, 1897. On May 16, 1906, the Borough of North Wildwood was incorporated, replacing Anglesea Borough. On April 30, 1917, the area was reincorporated as the City of North Wildwood, in turn replacing North Wildwood borough.[19]

It was ranked the fourth-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.[20]

Geography

North Wildwood is located at 39°00′16″N 74°47′58″W (39.004328,-74.799458). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 2.135 square miles (5.528 km2), of which, 1.753 square miles (4.539 km2) of it is land and 0.382 square miles (0.988 km2) of it (17.88%) is water.[1][2]

The borough borders Stone Harbor Borough, Wildwood City, West Wildwood Borough, Middle Township, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 161
1900 161 0%
1910 833 417.4%
1920 807 −3.1%
1930 2,049 153.9%
1940 1,921 −6.2%
1950 3,158 64.4%
1960 3,598 13.9%
1970 3,914 8.8%
1980 4,714 20.4%
1990 5,017 6.4%
2000 4,935 −1.6%
2010 4,041 −18.1%
Est. 2012 3,989 [11] −1.3%
Population sources:
1890-2000[21] 1890-1920[22]
1890-1910[23] 1910-1930[24]
1930-1990[25] 2000[26][27] 2010[8][9][10]

Census 2010

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,041 people, 2,047 households, and 1,085 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,305.8 inhabitants per square mile (890.3 /km2). There were 8,840 housing units at an average density of 5,044.1 per square mile (1,947.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.98% (3,838) White, 1.14% (46) Black or African American, 0.32% (13) Native American, 0.35% (14) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.26% (51) from other races, and 1.95% (79) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.03% (163) of the population.[8]

There were 2,047 households of which 12.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.64.[8]

In the city, 13.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 30.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.9 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.[8]

The Census Bureau’s 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $45,041 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,807) and the median family income was $56,116 (+/- $10,273). Males had a median income of $60,068 (+/- $9,524) versus $35,879 (+/- $5,208) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,748 (+/- $5,814). About 10.6% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.[28]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 4,935 people, 2,309 households, and 1,394 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,794.6 people per square mile (1,076.5/km2). There were 7,411 housing units at an average density of 4,196.7 per square mile (1,616.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.62% White, 0.81% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.[26][27]

There were 2,309 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.73.[26][27]

In the city the population was spread out with 17.2% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.[26][27]

The boardwalk entrance seen from further away

The median income for a household in the city was $32,582, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $32,986 versus $22,064 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,656. About 9.9% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.[26][27]

Government

Local government

North Wildwood has a mayor-council form of government under the Faulkner Act The mayor serves a four-year term of office while six councilmembers are elected from wards for three-year terms on a staggered basis and one at large councilmember is elected for a two-year term. Under this form of government, the council functions as a legislative body: it must pass ordinances and approve the appointments of the mayor. The mayor, as executive, is responsible for administrative functions and appointment of all officials.[6][29]

As of 2013, the mayor is William J. Henfey (term ends December 31, 2013). Members of the city council are Council President Patrick T. Rosenello (2015, 2nd Ward), Margaret “Peggy” A. Bishop (2013, 1st Ward), David J. Del Conte (2014, 1st Ward), James F. Kane (2015, 1st Ward), Edwin W. Koehler (2013, at-large), Kellyann Tolomeo (2014, 2nd Ward) and Salvatore T. Zampirri, Sr. (2013, 2nd Ward).[30]

The city has its own police department.[31]

Federal, state and county representation

North Wildwood is located in the 2nd Congressional District[32] and is part of New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District.[9][33][34]

New Jersey’s Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[35] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)[36][37] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[38][39]

The 1st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jeff Van Drew (D, Dennis Township) and in the General Assembly by Nelson Albano (D, Vineland) and Bob Andrzejczak (D, Middle Township).[40] Matthew W. Milam (D, Vineland) resigned from his seat in the Assembly as of February 28, 2013,[41] and was replaced by Andrzejczak who was sworn into office in March after being selected by Democratic committee members from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.[42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

Cape May County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year; At an annual reorganization held each January, the freeholders select one member to serve as Director and another to serve as Vice-Director.[45] As of 2013, Cape May County’s Freeholders are Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton (Middle Township, term ends December 31, 2013),[46] Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio (Sea Isle City, 2015),[47] Kristine Gabor (Upper Township, 2014)[48] and Will Morey (Wildwood Crest, 2014),[49] along with the vacant seat of M. Susan Sheppard expiring in 2013 that was vacated after Sheppard was sworn in as County Surrogate.[45][50] The county’s constitutional officers are Sheriff Gary Schafer (Ocean City, 2014),[51][52] Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard (Ocean City, 2015)[53] and County Clerk Rita Fulginiti (Ocean City, 2013).[54]

Politics

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,279 registered voters in North Wildwood, of which 528 (16.1%) were registered as Democrats, 1,640 (50.0%) were registered as Republicans and 1,111 (33.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[55]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 58.0% of the vote here (1,415 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 39.6% (967 votes), with 2,441 ballots cast among the city’s 3,263 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.8%.[56] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 56.4% of the vote here (1,556 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry, who received around 42.0% (1,158 votes), with 2,760 ballots cast among the city’s 4,001 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 69.0.[57]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 57.7% of the vote here (987 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 32.9% (563 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 5.7% (98 votes), with 1,711 ballots cast among the city’s 3,336 registered voters, yielding a 51.3% turnout.[58]

Education

The North Wildwood School District serves students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Margaret Mace School. The school had an enrollment of 324 students in the 2010-11 school year.[59]

For grades 9-12, public school students from North Wildwood attend Wildwood High School in Wildwood as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Wildwood Public School District.[60] Public school students may also attend Cape May County Technical High School in Cape May Court House, a public technical school that works on an application/acceptance program.[61]

Private schools include Cape Trinity Catholic Elementary School and Wildwood Catholic High School, private Catholic schools that operate under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.[62]

Commerce

North Wildwood boardwalk at night.

Portions of North Wildwood are part of a Joint Wildwoods Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide) at eligible merchants.[63][64]

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of North Wildwood include: