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Atlantic County, New Jersey

Atlantic County is a county located in the U.S. State of New Jersey. As of 2000, the population is 252,552. Its county seat is Mays Landing6.

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History All of what is known today as Atlantic County was once called Egg Harbor[?], the eastern half of the original County of Gloucester. Named as an official district as early as 1693, when the area was known as the province of West Jersey, it was bounded on the north by the Little Egg Harbor River[?] (now known as the Mullica River[?]), and on the south by the Great Egg Harbor River[?] and its southern branch the Tuckahoe River[?]. Its eastern boundary was the Atlantic Ocean but the western boundary in the South Jersey[?] interior was not fixed until 1761.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,739 km² (671 mi²). 1,453 km² (561 mi²) of it is land and 286 km² (110 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 16.44% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 252,552 people, 95,024 households, and 63,190 families residing in the county. The population density is 174/km² (450/mi²). There are 114,090 housing units at an average density of 79/km² (203/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 68.36% White, 17.63% African American, 0.26% Native American, 5.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 6.06% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. 12.17% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 95,024 households out of which 31.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.50% are married couples living together, 14.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% are non-families. 27.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.59 and the average family size is 3.16.

In the county the population is spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $43,933, and the median income for a family is $51,710. Males have a median income of $36,397 versus $28,059 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,034. 10.50% of the population and 7.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.80% are under the age of 18 and 10.50% are 65 or older.

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