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Welcome to Cape May ...

The coastal city of Cape May is located in Cape May County<1> and is the County Seat for Cape May County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Cape May has a population of 3,422 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Cape May.

Cape May is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Cape May lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Cape May is located in the (609) area code.

The ZIP code for Cape May: 08204<4>

Websites for Cape May ...

Official Website:   www.capemaycity.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.capemaycountychamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Cape May had an population of 3,422 people. This is a decrease of 5.13% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 15.17% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Cape May had a population of 3,607 people. This makes Cape May the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Cape May represents 0.04% of the population of New Jersey (which has 8,791,894 people), making it the state's 64th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,607 people, the population of Cape May decreased 10.59% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,034 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Cape May.

Communities near Cape May ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Cape May.

  • Wildwood [Cape May County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wildwood
    • Wildwood [Cape May County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the northeast of Cape May
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,916 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wildwood have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wildwood
  • North Wildwood [Cape May County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Wildwood
    • North Wildwood [Cape May County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Cape May
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,739 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Wildwood have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Wildwood
  • Lewes [Sussex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewes
    • Lewes [Sussex County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Cape May
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,417 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewes have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewes
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewes<7>
  • Sea Isle City [Cape May County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sea Isle City
    • Sea Isle City [Cape May County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northeast of Cape May
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,019 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sea Isle City
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Rehoboth Beach [Sussex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rehoboth Beach
      • Rehoboth Beach [Sussex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Cape May
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,592 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rehoboth Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rehoboth Beach<7>
    • Dewey Beach [Sussex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dewey Beach
      • Dewey Beach [Sussex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Cape May
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 411 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dewey Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dewey Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dewey Beach<7>
    • Henlopen Acres [Sussex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Henlopen Acres
      • Henlopen Acres [Sussex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Cape May
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 148 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Henlopen Acres have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henlopen Acres
    • North Cape May [Cape May County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Cape May
      • North Cape May [Cape May County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Cape May
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Cape May have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Cape May
    • Rio Grande [Cape May County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Grande
      • Rio Grande [Cape May County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the north of Cape May
      • Former name for Rio Grande:
      • Crandol Town
      • Rio Grande has also been known as:
      • Hildreth
      • Leamings
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Grande
    • Villas [Cape May County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Villas
      • Villas [Cape May County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the north of Cape May
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Villas have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Villas

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Cape May. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Cape May.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Cape May. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Cape May.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Cape May. See our Newspapers Page for Cape May.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Cape May ...

Looking for more information about Cape May? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Cape May, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Cape May.

Adding Cape May to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Cape May in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Cape May was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Cape May on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1905).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Cape May on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of New Jersey

About Cape May County

About New Jersey

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Cape May: www.capemaycity.com/

The official website for Cape May County: www.co.cape-may.nj.us/

The official website for State of New Jersey: https://www.state.nj.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Jersey's counties, including Cape May, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Cape May.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Cape May - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Cape May). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Cape May or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cape May) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cape May. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cape MayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cape May. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9377, Longitude: -74.9078    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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