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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
—  CDP  —
Map of Cape May Court House CDP in Cape May County
Coordinates: 39°4′50″N 74°49′28″W / 39.08056°N 74.82444°W / 39.08056; -74.82444Coordinates: 39°4′50″N 74°49′28″W / 39.08056°N 74.82444°W / 39.08056; -74.82444
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Cape May
 - Total 9.1 sq mi (23.6 km2)
 - Land 9.0 sq mi (23.2 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,704
 - Density 524.1/sq mi (202.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08210
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 34-10300[1]
GNIS feature ID 0875191[2]

Cape May Court House is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Middle Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 4,704. It is the county seat of Cape May County and serves as the principal administrative hub for the township.

Cape Regional Medical Center is located at 2 Stone Harbor Boulevard in Cape May Court House, and is the only hospital in Cape May County. The Cape May County Park and Zoo is also located in Cape May Court House.



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 of his own property to construct a court house and jail. It was replaced by the current structure in 1849.[3]


Cape May Court House is located at 39°04′50″N 74°49′28″W / 39.080425°N 74.824428°W / 39.080425; -74.824428 (39.080425, -74.824428).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 23.6 km2 (9.1 mi2). 23.3 km2 (9.0 mi2) of it is land and 0.4 km2 (0.1 mi2) of it (1.54%) is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1990 4,426
2000 4,704 6.3%
source: [5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Popular culture

Cape May Court House is mentioned in the regionally famous song On the Way to Cape May. (Lyrics: If you want to be my spouse, better head for that Court House...)

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Cape May Court House include:

  • Kevin Bramble (1972-), disabled ski racer, freeskier, and monoski designer/builder.[6]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Cape May County, Accessed September 6, 2007.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ "Population Finder: Cape May Court House CDP, New Jersey". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-03-18.  
  6. ^ 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."

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