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Atlantic County

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Population

The population of Atlantic County raised 8.71 percent from 2000 to 2010, growing from 252,552 to 274,549

Race and Ethnicity

  • White – 58.6 percent
  • Black – 14.9 percent
  • Asian – 7.4 percent
  • Hispanic – 16.8 percent
  • Two or more races – 1.9 percent
  • Other (American Indian & Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders, and some other races) – 0.4 percent

Voting record

Atlantic County has 179 election districts, and 65.8 percent of ballots were cast in the 2012 Election out of its 172,204 registered voters.

Employment by Sector

  • Construction – 5.5 percent
  • Manufacturing – 4.4 percent
  • Retail and wholesale trade – 12.4 percent
  • Transportation and utilities – 4.6 percent
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate – 4.9 percent
  • Professional and technical services – 9.4 percent
  • Education and health care – 23.3 percent
  • Arts, entertainment, and accommodation – 24.8 percent
  • Public administration – 4.3 percent
  • Other services – 6.5 percent

Unemployment Rate

Atlantic County’s unemployment rate more than doubled from 2007 until 2012, going from 5.9 percent to 13.2. The rate spiked between 2008 until 2009 (from 7.0 in 2008 to 11.8 percent in 2009) as did New Jersey and the national trends. Atlantic County’s unemployment rate stayed above that of New Jersey (9.3 percent in 2012) every year from 2005 until 2012.

Poverty Rate

The poverty rate in Atlantic County has jumped from 8.9 percent in 2005 to 14.6 percent in 2012. It started off slightly above of that of New Jersey (8.7 percent in 2005 and 10.8 percent in 2012) but jumped to 12.8 percent in 2007 and stayed in double-digits since.

Median Household Income (in current dollars)

The median household income for Atlantic County has stayed fairly flat from 2005 until 2012, starting at $50,377 in 2005, rising to $55,767 in 2007, but dropping back down to $51,191 by 2012. This was always far less than the median household income in New Jersey ($61,672 in 2005 and $69,667 in 2012), which never fell below $60,000 in that span.

Median Housing Price

The median housing price in Atlantic County started at $221,800 in 2005, raised to $273,000 by 2008, but then fell all the way down to $226,000 in 2012. The price in New Jersey remained much higher, following a similar pattern, but starting at $333,900 in 2005, raising to $372,300 in 2007, and falling to $311,600 in 2012.

Housing Occupancy

As of 2012, there are 127,361 housing units in Atlantic County, 51 percent of which are owner-occupied, 27.6 percent are renter-occupied, and 21.4 percent are vacant.