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Atco is an unincorporated area in Waterford Township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, in the Philadelphia-Camden metropolitan area, located 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Camden at 39.769 North, -74.887 West. The town is at the western edge of Wharton State Forest and the Pine Barrens. Atco is the home of the Atco Raceway, and served as the location for movie, Eddie and the Cruisers in 1983. An episode of Viva La Bam was shot at the raceway. The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP Code 08004.

As of the United States 2000 Census, the population for ZIP Code Tabulation Area 08004 was 14,299.



The area gets its name from the Atlantic Transport Company, though other possible derivations have been offered, one of which is from the Indian word for," Land of many deer."[1] The Atlantic Transport Company of West Virginia placed a major order with the New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey for four big ships launched 1902-3, which may have something to do with the choice of the name Atco at this time. Camden and Atlantic Railroad was founded in 1854; it crossed the Pinelands from Camden to Atlantic City. The Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad was established soon after, linking Atco to communities such as Toms River, Waretown, Atsion and Vineland.


Atco is the site of Assumption School, an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.[2] Atco public schools serve K-6 grade. Atco Elementary (grades to 1-2), Thomas Richards Elementary (grades 3-4) and Waterford Elementary (K, and grades 5-6) serve students from Atco. Junior high school and high school students from Atco are served by Hammonton Public Schools or parochial schools of their choice.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Atco include:

  • Sally Starr, Actress who had a popular kids cartoon TV show in the fifties and sixties that broadcast in and over the Delaware Valley.[3]
  • Jamie Rooney, Bike Polo player and Leader of the Rebel Alliance against John Corzine
  • Brad Rosenheim, formerly the fastest human on Linden Avenue and currently a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans.


  1. ^ Beck, Henry Charlton. "Jersey Genesis: The Story of the Mullica River", via Google Books, p. 291. "More pertinent to us is the fact that Atco, in the same neighborhood, took its name from the Atlantic Transportation Company..."
  2. ^ Camden County Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed July 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia: Sally Starr, accessed November 26, 2006

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