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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Giralo

Perspective/ Atlantic County Clerk

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This month I want to talk about some very interesting things about Atlantic County. Atlantic County has much to offer, plenty to see and do as well. The first non-Native American settlement took place in 1679. The County was established by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in February 1837.

The first Freeholder (now County Commissioner) Board was established in May of 1837. Mays Landing was chosen as the county seat. The county seat was the center for government.

Today Atlantic County has a population of 274,549 and has a population density of 494.1 persons per square mile.

The median age is 39.9 years old. Atlantic County covers 555.7 square miles and is the third largest in area for New Jersey. There are 23 municipalities within the county. The largest area wise is Hamilton Twp. (111.26 square miles) which is the largest in the State of New Jersey. The municipality with the largest population is Egg Harbor Twp. (47,842). The smallest municipality area wise is Longport (0.38 square miles). The municipality with the smallest population is Corbin City (472). When it comes to elevation the highest municipality is Buena Boro at an elevation of 124 feet above sea level. The average temperature is 31 in January, 77 in July and 67 in September. Atlantic County is home to three major rivers Mullica River, Great Egg Harbor River and the Tuckahoe River. They all have been designated Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers. There is also no shortage of open Space here either.

We are home to 19,522 acres of federal open space, 66,725 acres of state open space while the county has 7,435 acres of open space. Atlantic County has 14 miles of beaches and 5.75 miles of Boardwalk, by the way we have the longest Boardwalk in the country. There are several principal industries that operate in the county.

They include, casino gaming, health care, aviation testing and engineering, professional and business services and agriculture. When it comes to hospitals and health care Atlantic County has AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, in Atlantic City, Pomona and Hammonton. We also have Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

When it comes to higher education we are home to Atlantic Cape Community College with a main campus in Mays Landing and a satellite in Atlantic City. We also have Stockton University with the main campus Pomona, and satellites in Hammonton and Atlantic City. Getting around Atlantic County is easy because there many miles of roads that run thru our county.

State highways total 165 miles, County highways are 373 miles, the Garden State Parkway which (toll) has 21.5 miles and lastly the Atlantic City Expressway(toll) has 29.6 miles which runs thru our County. We are also home to major highways like, U.S. Routes 9,30,40,206, and 322 and State Routes 49,50,52,87, and 152. Lastly we are served by NJ Transit with stops in Atlantic City Absecon, Egg Harbor City and Hammonton.

We are served by the Atlantic City International Airport and the Hammonton Municipal Airport.

When thinking about it we live in a very beautiful county that has the beach as well as open aired parks. The days are getting longer and the weather is expected to get better….take time to enjoy our county. As always if you need the Clerk’s office we can be reached at (609) 625-4011.

Joseph J. Giralo

Atlantic County Clerk

Mays Landing


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