Cape May County, NJ

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Population

94,549

0.896% decline

Median Age

48.7


Median Household Income

$62,332

5.05% growth

Poverty Rate

10.6%


Number of Employees

42,170

1.56% decline

Median Property Value

$295,500

0.203% decline

About

In 2017, Cape May County, NJ had a population of 94.5k people with a median age of 48.7 and a median household income of $62,332. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cape May County, NJ declined from 95,404 to 94,549, a -0.896% decrease and its median household income grew from $59,338 to $62,332, a 5.05% increase.

The population of Cape May County, NJ is 85.6% White Alone, 7.35% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.47% Black or African American Alone. 9.88% of the people in Cape May County, NJ speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Cape May County, NJ is $295,500, and the homeownership rate is 77.5%. Most people in Cape May County, NJ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Cape May County, NJ is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Cape May County, NJ employs 42.2k people. The largest industries in Cape May County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,817 people), Retail Trade (5,546 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,965 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,780), Public Administration ($61,159), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,485).

Median household income in Cape May County, NJ is $62,332. Males in Cape May County, NJ have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $61,412. The income inequality in Cape May County, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,332

2017 value

± $1,965

5.05%

1 Year Growth

± 4.01%

Households in Cape May County, NJ have a median annual income of $62,332, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $59,338 in 2016, which represents a 5.05% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,632

Average Male Salary

± $1,612

$61,412

Average Female Salary

± $1,170

In 2017, full-time male employees in Cape May County, NJ made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Cape May County, NJ by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $79,679 ± $3,060

  2. White

    $67,619 ± $1,158

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $52,154 ± $45,004

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Cape May County, NJ workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.18 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cape May County, NJ is from New Jersey.

0.493

2017 Wage GINI

0.491

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.437% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New Jersey was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New Jersey in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Jersey across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 203.02

  2. Census Tract 209.02

  3. Census Tract 210.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cape May County, NJ was Census Tract 203.02 with a value of $85,188, followed by Census Tract 209.02 and Census Tract 210.01, with respective values of $83,523 and $82,230.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Cape May County, NJ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cape May County, NJ (9.8k out of 92.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    8,172 ± 632

  2. Hispanic

    1,987 ± 354

  3. Black

    684 ± 211

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cape May County, NJ is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

42.2k

2017 Value

± 1,256

-1.56%

1 Year decline

± 4.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cape May County, NJ declined at a rate of -1.56%, from 42.8k employees to 42.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cape May County, NJ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,498 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,002 people), and Management Occupations (4,211 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cape May County, NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cape May County, NJ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,498 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,002 people), and Management Occupations (4,211 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cape May County, NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.3 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.68 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cape May County, NJ, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($84,969), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($80,227), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,688).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

42.2k

2017 Value

± 1,256

-1.56%

1 Year decline

± 4.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cape May County, NJ declined at a rate of -1.56%, from 42.8k employees to 42.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cape May County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,817 people), Retail Trade (5,546 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,965 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cape May County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Cape May County, NJ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cape May County, NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,817 people), Retail Trade (5,546 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,965 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cape May County, NJ has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.96 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.65 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cape May County, NJ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($78,780), Public Administration ($61,159), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,485).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $36.5B

  3. $35.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $48.1B, followed by Electronics with $36.5B and Motorized vehicles and $35.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Jersey products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$467B

2015 Value

$734B

Projected 2045 Value

57.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Jersey trade was $467B. This is expected to increase 57.1% to $734B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Jersey trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $70.5B

  2. $48.9B

  3. $16.6B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $70.5B, followed by Pennsylvania with $48.9B and California and $16.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Jersey shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.3% of the population of Cape May County, NJ has health coverage, with 45.3% on employee plans, 12.5% on Medicaid, 18.9% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 1.41% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cape May County, NJ was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in Cape May County, NJ see 1722 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.93% increase from the previous year (1673 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1782 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1073 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.1%). Additionally, Cumberland County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1722 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Cape May County, NJ see an average of 1722 patients per year. This represents a 2.93% increase from the previous year (1673 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cape May County, NJ in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,859

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,081

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,049

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,614

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.72%

Uninsured

45.3%

Employer Coverage

12.5%

Medicaid

18.9%

Medicare

15.2%

Non-Group

1.41%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cape May County, NJ declined by 11% from 7.55% to 6.72%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cape May County, NJ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.1% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 12.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cape May County, NJ is home to a population of 94.5k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.83% of Cape May County, NJ residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Cape May County, NJ is composed of 81k White Alone residents (85.6%), 6.95k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.35%), 4.23k Black or African American Alone residents (4.47%), 1.38k Two or More Races residents (1.46%), 903 Asian Alone residents (0.955%), 63 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0666%), 37 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0391%), and 28 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0296%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cape May County, NJ are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,888 speakers), Italian (583 speakers), and Polish (547 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

49

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cape May County, NJ was 48.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 49, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Cape May County, NJ are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cape May County, NJ residents was 48.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.83%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.96%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.83% of Cape May County, NJ residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cape May County, NJ was 4.96%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. India

    251,165 ± 12,131 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    162,243 ± 9,799 people

  3. Mexico

    124,109 ± 8,589 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Cape May County, NJ was India, the natal country of 251,165 Cape May County, NJ residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 162,243 and Mexico with 124,109.

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Citizenship

97.6%

2017 Citizenship

97.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.6% of Cape May County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cape May County, NJ was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    81k ± 60

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.95k ± 632

  3. Black or African American Alone

    4.23k ± 283

In 2017, there were 11.6 times more White Alone residents (81k people) in Cape May County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.95k Hispanic or Latino and 4.23k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cape May County, NJ as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,888 speakers (5.35%)

  2. Italian

    583 speakers (0.638%)

  3. Polish

    547 speakers (0.599%)

9.88% of Cape May County, NJ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Cape May County, NJ was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 5.35% of the overall population of Cape May County, NJ are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.638% speak Italian and 0.599% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,905 ± 247

  2. Korea

    832 ± 128

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    750 ± 210

Cape May County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cape May County, NJ was $295,500 in 2017, which is 1.36 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $296,100 to $295,500, a 0.203% decrease. The homeownership rate in Cape May County, NJ is 77.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cape May County, NJ have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cape May County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$62,332

Median Household Income

± $1,965

39.9k

Number of Households

± 1,176

In 2017, the median household income of the 39.9k households in Cape May County, NJ grew to $62,332 from the previous year's value of $59,338.

The following chart displays the households in Cape May County, NJ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$295,500

2017 Median

± $5,401

$296,100

2016 Median

± $5,720

In 2017, the median property value in Cape May County, NJ declined from to $295,500 from the previous year's value of $296,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cape May County, NJ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cape May County, NJ the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cape May County, NJ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cape May County, NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

77.5%

2017 Homeownership

76.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.5% of the housing units in Cape May County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cape May County, NJ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cape May County, NJ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cape May County, NJ have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cape May County, NJ have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.65% of the workforce in Cape May County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.3%

  2. Carpooled

    6.14%

  3. Walked

    5.11%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cape May County, NJ was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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