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SJTPO Region

The SJTPO Region is made up of New Jersey’s four southernmost counties including Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem. The region is 1,662.25 square miles. Atlantic County is the densest but is followed by Cape May, Cumberland, then Salem. With a population density of about 363.26 persons per square mile, 589,300 residents (2021-ACS-1 Year) call the Region home, with over half of the population living in the Region’s largest cities and towns. There are 316,667 housing units in the region. Regional employment is 258,588.

Major Roadways that traverse the Region include Interstate 295, the New Jersey Turnpike, The Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City Expressway, US Routes 9, 30, 40, 130, 206, and 322. Major State Routes include 45, 47, 49, 50, 54, 55, 56, and 77.

Information About Our Counties

Regional Statistics

Population Summer Population Annual Employment
Current – 274,966 Summer Weekend: Residents, Visitors, and Non-Resident Employed – 753,977 Current – 124,817
Projected (2050) – 279,268 Projected (2050) – 163,469

Atlantic County includes 23 municipalities and features a total population of 274,966. Its county seat is Mays landing and its most populous place is Egg Harbor Township with over 47,733 residents. This county forms the Atlantic City-Hammonton Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the Delaware Valley Combined Statistical Area.

As of the 2021 American Community Survey, the population density of Atlantic County was 494.98 per square mile and the housing unit average density was 238.03 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 56.10 percent white, 14.12 percent Black or African American, 0.42 percent Native American, 7.73 percent Asian, 0.10 percent Pacific Islander, 9.54 percent from other races, and 11.99 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino persons of any race were 19.91 percent of the population. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00. Employment for the county is 124,817.

As of 2021, the county had a total of 1,986 miles of roadways maintained by various entities: 1,398 miles by local municipalities, 369 miles by Atlantic County, 143 miles by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, 59 miles by either the New Jersey Turnpike Authority or South Jersey Transportation Authority, 7 miles that are inside parks and are maintained by the state or local entities, and 10 miles that are categorized as Federal Agency, FWS, NPS, or Military. Major roadways include the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.

Draft Plan Statistics

Population Summer Population Annual Employment
Current – 95,661 Summer Weekend: Residents, Visitors, and Non-Resident Employed 699,342 Current – 43,188
Projected (2050) – 91,958 Projected (2050) – 62,324

Cape May County includes 16 municipalities and is the southernmost county in New Jersey. The county population is 95,661. Its county seat is Cape May Court House and its most populous municipality is Lower Township with a population of 22,094. Most of the county lies on a peninsula that juts into the Delaware Bay.

As of the 2021 American Community Survey, the population density of Cape May County was 380.33 per square mile and the housing unit average density was 395.57 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 84.98 percent White, 4.10 percent Black or African American, 0.06 percent Native American, 1.11 percent Asian, 0.00 percent Pacific Islander, 3.36 percent from other races, and 6.39 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino persons of any race were 8.41 percent of the population. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.32.

A consistently popular summer destination with 30 miles of beaches, Cape May attracts vacationers from New Jersey and surrounding states with the summer occupants far exceeding the year-round population. Tourism generates annual revenues of $5.3 billion, making it the county’s single largest industry, with leisure and hospitality being Cape May’s largest employment category. The commercial fishing industry is also important in Cape May County. County employment is 43,188.

As of 2021, the county had a total of 1,046 miles of roadways maintained by various entities: 724 miles by local municipalities, 210 miles by Cape May County, 74 miles by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and 31 miles by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 8 miles that are inside parks and are maintained by the state or local entities. The southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway, known as Exit Zero, is in the county. The parkway passes through the length of the county, heading north to Egg Harbor Township in Atlantic County.

Draft Plan Statistics

Population Summer Population Annual Employment
Current – 153,627 Summer Weekend: Residents, Visitors, and Non-Resident Employed – 217,175 Current – 61,892
Projected (2050) – 164,285 Projected (2050) – 74,626

Cumberland County includes 14 municipalities and is part of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Delaware Valley Combined Statistical Area. Its county seat is Bridgeton. Four public-use airports are located in Cumberland County. The total population of the county is 153,627. Vineland has the county’s highest municipal population of 61,156.

As of the 2021 American Community Survey, the population density of Cumberland County was 317.83 per square mile and the housing unit average density was 118.36 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 46.30 percent White, 19.85 percent Black or African American, 0.77 percent Native American, 1.50 percent Asian, 0.10 percent Pacific Islander, 9.45 percent from other races, and 22.03 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino persons of any race were 32.97 percent of the population. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.16.

As of 2021, the county had a total of 1,317 miles of roadways, of which 685 miles were maintained by the local municipality, 534 miles by Cumberland County 89 miles by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and 9 miles that are inside parks and are maintained by the state or local entities.

Draft Plan Statistics

Population Summer Population Annual Employment
Current – 65,046 Summer Weekend: Residents, Visitors, and Non-Resident Employed – 75,223 Current – 28,691
Projected (2050) – 55,475 Projected (2050) – 23,482

Salem County includes 15 municipalities and has a population of 65,046. Its most populous place is Pennsville Township with 12,626 residents. Its western boundary is formed by the Delaware River and it has the eastern terminus of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, connecting to New Castle, Delaware. Its county seat is Salem.

As of the 2021 American Community Survey, the population density of Salem County was 196.00 per square mile and the housing unit average density was 83.57 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 72.00 percent White, 15.85 percent Black or African American, 0.00 percent Native American, 0.75 percent Asian, 0.00 percent Pacific Islander, 4.01 percent from other races, and 7.39 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino persons of any race were 10.55 percent of the population. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.24. County employment is 28,691.

As of 2021, the county had a total of 888 miles of roadways, of which 430 miles were maintained by the local municipality, 356 miles by Salem County, 86 miles by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, 9 miles by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 6 miles that are inside parks and are maintained by the state or local entities, and 1 mile that is categorized as Federal Agency, FWS, NPS, Military. Salem is served by many different roads including both major county routes and limited access routes, as well as the Delaware Memorial Bridge, a set of twin suspension bridges crossing the Delaware River connecting New Castle, Delaware, and Pennsville Township.

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