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Ocean City is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 11,701,[11] reflecting a decline of 3,677 (-23.9%) from the 15,378 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 134 (-0.9%) from the 15,512 counted in the 1990 Census.[21] In summer months, with an influx of tourists and second homeowners, there are estimated to be 115,000 to 130,000 within the city's borders.[22][23]

Ocean City, New Jersey
City of Ocean City
The sun rising over an Ocean City beach
The sun rising over an Ocean City beach
Motto(s): "America's Greatest Family Resort"[1]
Ocean City highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Ocean City highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ocean City, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Ocean City, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°15′49″N 74°36′17″W / 39.263596°N 74.604605°W / 39.263596; -74.604605Coordinates: 39°15′49″N 74°36′17″W / 39.263596°N 74.604605°W / 39.263596; -74.604605[2][3]
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated May 3, 1884 (as borough)
Reincorporated March 25, 1897 (as city)
 • Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 • Body City Council
 • Mayor Jay A. Gillian (term ends June 30, 2018)[4][5]
 • Administrator Jim Mallon[6][7]
 • Municipal clerk Melissa Bovera[8]
 • Total 10.797 sq mi (27.964 km2)
 • Land 6.333 sq mi (16.402 km2)
 • Water 4.464 sq mi (11.562 km2)  41.35%
Area rank 202nd of 566 in state
5th of 16 in county[2]
Elevation[10] 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)[11][12][13]
 • Total 11,701
 • Estimate (2016)[14] 11,340
 • Rank 207th of 566 in state
4th of 16 in county[15]
 • Density 1,847.7/sq mi (713.4/km2)
 • Density rank 300th of 566 in state
5th of 16 in county[15]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08226[16]
Area code(s) 609 Exchanges: 391, 398, 399, 525, 814[17]
FIPS code 3400954360[2][18][19]
GNIS feature ID 0885332[2][20]
Ocean City Music Pier

Ocean City originated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 3, 1884, from portions of Upper Township, based on results from a referendum on April 30, 1884, and was reincorporated as a borough on March 31, 1890. Ocean City was incorporated as a city, its current government form, on March 25, 1897.[24][25] The city is named for its location on the Atlantic Ocean.[26][27]

Known as a family-oriented seaside resort, Ocean City has prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages within its limits since its founding in 1879,[28][29] offering miles of guarded beaches, a boardwalk that stretches for 2.5 miles (4.0 km), and a downtown shopping and dining district.[30]

The Travel Channel rated Ocean City as the Best Family Beach of 2005.[31] It was ranked the third-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.[32] In the 2009 Top 10 Beaches Contest, Ocean City ranked first.[33]



Before Ocean City was established, local Native Americans set up camps on the island for fishing in the summer months.[34] In 1633, Dutch navigator David Pietersz. de Vries referred to "flat sand beaches with low hills between Cape May and Egg Harbor", possibly the earliest reference to the island that became Ocean City. In 1695, Thomas Budd surveyed the land on behalf of the West Jersey Society. Around 1700, John Peck used the island as a base of operation for storing freshly hunted whales, and subsequently the land became known as Peck's Beach. The first record of a house on Peck's Beach was in 1752. During the 18th century, cattle grazers brought cows to the island, where plentiful trees, weeds, brush, and seagrass provided suitable condition. Parker Miller was the first resident permanent resident of Peck's Beach in 1859.[35]

Originally purchased by the Somers family, the island was formerly named Peck's Beach, believed to have been given the name for a whaler named John Peck.[36] In 1700, whaler John Peck began using the barrier island as a storage place for freshly caught whales. The island was also used as cattle-grazing area, and mainlanders would boat over for a picnic or to hunt.[37] On September 10, 1879, four Methodist ministers – Ezra B. Lake, James Lake, S. Wesley Lake, and William Burrell – chose the island as a suitable spot to establish a Christian retreat and camp meeting on the order of Ocean Grove. They met under a tall cedar tree, which stands today in the lobby of the Ocean City Tabernacle. Having chosen the name "Ocean City", the founders incorporated the Ocean City Association, and laid out street and lots for cottages, hotel, and businesses. The Ocean City Tabernacle was built between Wesley and Asbury Avenues and between 5th and 6th Streets. Camp meetings were held by the following summer and continue uninterrupted to this day.[38]

In 1881, the first school on the island opened.[34] The first bridge to the island was built in 1883, and the West Jersey Railroad opened in 1884.[39] Based on a referendum on April 30, 1884, the borough of Ocean City was formed from portions of Upper Township, following an act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 3, 1884.[24]

The ship Sindia joined other shipwrecks on the beach on December 15, 1901, on its way to New York City from Kobe, Japan, but has since sunk below the sand. A salvage attempt to retrieve treasures believed to have been on the ship was most recently launched in the 1970s, all of which have been unsuccessful.[40] In 1920, the Chamber of Commerce adopted the slogan "America's Greatest Family Resort".[41][35] A large fire in 1927 caused $1.5 million in damage and led the city to move the boardwalk closer to the ocean, which resulted in the greater potential for damage from saltwater.[42]

As a result of its religious origins, the sale or public drinking of alcoholic beverages in Ocean City was prohibited.[43] In 1881, the Ocean City Association passed a set of blue laws – laws designed to enforce religious standards. The town banned the manufacturing or sale of alcohol in 1909.[44] Promoting water instead of drinking alcohol, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union donated a public fountain, dedicated on Memorial Day in 1915.[45] Despite the prohibition of alcohol within the municipality, illegal saloons operated within Ocean City, and in 1929, prosecutors raided 27 speakeasies.[46] In 1951, the town banned the consumption of alcohol on the beach, and banned all public alcohol consumption in 1958. During the campaign for a 1986 referendum to repeal the blue laws, ads in the local paper suggested that the repeal could be next.[44] In May 2012, 68.8% of voters rejected a ballot initiative for BYOB – bring your own bottle.[47] As of 2016, Ocean City was one of 32 dry towns in New Jersey.[48] Despite the prohibition in the city, 18.3% of adults in Ocean City metropolitan statistical area (which includes all of Cape May County) drink alcohol heavily or binge drink, the highest percentage of any metro area in the state; USA Today listed Ocean City as the state's most drunken city on its 2017 list of "The drunkest city in every state".[49]


Aerial view of Ocean City beach, before (left) and after (right) a beach nourishment project

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 10.797 square miles (27.964 km2), including 6.333 square miles (16.402 km2) of land and 4.464 square miles (11.562 km2) of water (41.35%).[2][3] The island is about 8 miles (13 km) in length.[50]

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the city include Peck Beach.[51]

Ocean City is situated on a barrier island bordered by the Strathmere section of Upper Township to the south, the Marmora section of Upper Township to the west, and Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township across the Great Egg Harbor Bay to the north. The eastern side of Ocean City borders the Atlantic Ocean.

Since 1951, the beach has been replenished more than 40 times, potentially the most of any beach in the country. This is due to erosion caused by storms, and in an extreme of erosion, a $5 million replenishment project in 1982 had largely disappeared within two and a half months. During the 1960s and 1970s, the city owned its own dredge, but ceased replenishment projects when it could not secure permits for dredging the lagoons.[52] Since 1992, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has handled responsibility for beach nourishment projects, periodically adding 1.1 million cubic yards (841,000 cubic meters), roughly every three years, using the shoal area about 5,000&nsp;ft (1,525 m) offshore the Great Egg Harbor Inlet. The project and funding was authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 1986,[50] and the most recent replenishment was completed in December 2017.[53] After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Army Corps completed the city's largest beach replenishment since 1993, adding 1.8 million yd3 (1.4 million m3) of sand to replenish the eroded beaches.[50]


Census Pop.
1890 452
1900 1,307 189.2%
1910 1,950 49.2%
1920 2,512 28.8%
1930 5,525 119.9%
1940 4,672 −15.4%
1950 6,040 29.3%
1960 7,618 26.1%
1970 10,575 38.8%
1980 13,949 31.9%
1990 15,512 11.2%
2000 15,378 −0.9%
2010 11,701 −23.9%
Est. 2016 11,340 [14][54] −3.1%
Population sources:
1890-2000[55] 1890-1920[56]
1890[57] 1890-1910[58] 1910-1930[59]
1930-1990[60] 2000[61][62] 2010[11][12][13]

2010 CensusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,701 people, 5,890 households, and 3,086 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,847.7 per square mile (713.4/km2). There were 20,871 housing units at an average density of 3,295.7 per square mile (1,272.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.05% (10,771) White, 3.50% (410) Black or African American, 0.13% (15) Native American, 0.71% (83) Asian, 0.03% (3) Pacific Islander, 1.91% (224) from other races, and 1.67% (195) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.50% (643) of the population.[11]

There were 5,890 households out of which 14.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% were non-families. 42.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.68.[11]

In the city, the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 29.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53.6 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 86.4 males.[11]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $55,202 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,710) and the median family income was $79,196 (+/- $11,239). Males had a median income of $48,475 (+/- $5,919) versus $41,154 (+/- $12,032) for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,864 (+/- $3,899). About 5.1% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.[63]

2000 CensusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census[18] there were 15,378 people, 7,464 households, and 4,008 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,222.8 people per square mile (858.0/km2). There were 20,298 housing units at an average density of 2,934.0 per square mile (1,132.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.57% White, 4.31% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.99% of the population.[61][62]

There were 7,464 households out of which 16.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.3% were non-families. 40.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.71.[61][62]

In the city, the population was spread out with 16.4% under age 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.4 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 82.8 men.[61][62]

The median income for a household in the city was $44,158, and the median income for a family was $61,731. Males had a median income of $42,224 versus $31,282 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,217. About 4.3% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.[61][62]


Ferris Wheel on the Boardwalk


First approved in 1976, beach tags are a major source of revenue for the city, with the $4.1 million in revenue generated in the 2016 season the most of any municipality in the state.[64] In the 2017 budget, the projected $4.1 million in fees for beach tag and $3 million for parking were two of the city's biggest revenue sources, accounting for almost 9% of the city's annual budget of almost $80 million.[65]

From early June through Labor Day, Ocean City requires individuals age 12 and up to purchase a beach tag to access its beaches.[66] For the 2018 season (from June 2, 2018 through September 3, 2018), a one-day pass cost $5, a weekly pass was $10, and a seasonal pass for the full summer season will be $25. Beach tag revenue is used by the city to cover the costs of maintaining and cleaning the beaches, as well as providing lifeguards.[67]


Ocean City Boardwalk with the Music Pier in the background

The Ocean City boardwalk is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the resort. It is also one of the most well-known boardwalks in the world.[citation needed] It is 2.5-mile (4.0 km) long and runs north from 23rd Street to St. James Place, with mile markers for people who are exercising.[68]

The boardwalk was first built in 1880 from the Second Street wharf to Fourth Street and West Avenue. In 1885, plans to extend the boardwalk along the entire beach were made as the city's first amusement house, a pavilion on the beach at 11th street called "The Excursion" opened. A second amusement park, the "I.G. Adams pavilion", at Ninth Street and the boardwalk, opened soon after but was destroyed by fire in 1893. Following a second catastrophic fire in 1927, the boardwalk and its businesses were rebuilt 300 feet (91 m) closer to the ocean on concrete pilings, with parking created for cars in the space where the buildings and boardwalk once stood.[69] The Ocean City Music Pier partially opened one year later, with work completed in time for the 1929 season.[70]

In 2007 controversy emerged about the city's proposed use of ipê, a type of wood, to re-deck parts of the boardwalk. Environmental activists protested against the city's use of the wood, but the plan went ahead.[71]

In Fall 2013, the city began a $10 million project to rebuild the 85 year old boardwalk from 5th to 12th Streets. This replaced the concrete substructure from 1928 with wooden supports and pine decking, and included the removal of 12,000 yd3 of sand. Originally intended to be a seven-year project, the work is two years ahead of schedule, and is scheduled to be completed in March 2018.[72][73][74]


In 1965, the Wonderland Amusement Park opened on the boardwalk at 6th Street, which is now known as "Gillian's Wonderland Pier". Runaway Train, a steel twister, is the only major coaster that operates there.[75] Playland's Castaway Cove, is located on the boardwalk at 10th Street. Two major roller coasters operated there, which were the Python, a looping coaster, and the Flitzer, a wild mouse coaster. A new major shuttle coaster at Castaway Cove, Storm, was planned to be finished in summer 2013.[76] The two older coasters (Python and Flitzer) were removed and for the 2016 summer season, a new ride called "GaleForce" is under construction, which will be a high thrill roller coaster with three linear synchronous motor launches reaching speeds of 64 miles per hour (103 km/h) and a 125-foot (38 m) beyond vertical drop. The new "Wild Waves" ride will be a family-oriented coaster, with a height of 50 feet (15 m), that will wrap around the GaleForce coaster. The new "Whirlwind" ride is a figure eight kiddie coaster with spinning cars.[77]

There is also a water park located on the boardwalk called "OC Waterpark", open during the summer months.[78]

Today, there are bike and surrey rentals available along many boardwalk cross streets, but bikes and surreys can only be ridden on the boardwalk before noon during the summer. Attractions along the boardwalk include two family amusement parks with rides and games, an arcade, the Music Pier, a water park and various themed miniature golf courses. The Ocean City boardwalk has a wide variety of dining options, from sit-down restaurants to funnel cake.


During the summer months, frequent episodes of high humidity occur. Occasionally, heat index values exceed 95 °F (35 °C). During most summer afternoons, a sea breeze dominates the coastline keeping high temperatures several degrees cooler compared to areas farther inland. During most nights, relatively mild ocean waters keep the coastline several degrees warmer than areas farther inland. On average, July is the annual peak for thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, wind chill values occasionally fall below 0 °F (-18 °C). On average, the snowiest month of the year is February which corresponds with the annual peak for nor'easter activity.

Climate data for Ocean City Beach, New Jersey (1981 – 2010 averages).
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 41.3
Average low °F (°C) 26.0
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.31
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.4
Source: PRISM[79]
Climate data for Atlantic City, New Jersey (Ocean Water Temperature).
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °F (°C) 37
Source: NOAA [80]


Parks and recreationEdit

Across from the Ocean City Airport is the Howard Stainton Wildlife Refuge, a 16 acres (6.5 ha) area of wetlands established in 1997. There are no trails, but there is a viewing platform accessible from Bay Avenue.[82] Adjacent to the airport is the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course, a 12–hole course run by the city and open to the public.[83]

At the southern end of the island is Corson's Inlet State Park, which was established in 1969 to preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the oceanfront. The park is accessible by Ocean Drive (New Jersey) (Cape May County Route 619), which bisects the park.[84]


Local governmentEdit

The City of Ocean City was incorporated on March 25, 1897. Since July 1, 1978, the city has operated within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the mayor–council system of municipal government. The mayor, the chief executive of the community, is chosen at-large for a four-year term at the municipal election in May and serves part-time for a yearly salary. The mayor neither presides over, nor has a vote on the council. The mayor has veto power over ordinances, but any veto can be overridden by a vote of two-thirds of the Council. The City council is the legislative body and has seven members. Four members represent individual wards and three are elected at-large. Each council person serves a staggered four-year term. The three at-large seat and the mayoral seat are up for election together, followed by the four ward seats which are voted upon two years later.[9]

As of 2018, the mayor of Ocean City is Jay A. Gillian, whose term of office ends June 30, 2018.[4] He is seeking re-election in 2018.[85] Members of the city council are Council President Peter Madden (2018; At Large), Council Vice President Anthony P. Wilson (2016; Third Ward), Robert S. "Bobby" Barr (2020; Fourth Ward), Karen A. Berman (2018; At Large, elected to serve an unexpired term), Michael DeVlieger (2020; First Ward), Keith Hartzell (2018; At Large) and Antwan L. McClellan (2020; Second Ward).[86][87][88][89][90][91]

In September 2015, Councilman Michael Allegretto resigned from his seat expiring in December 2018 to take a position as the city's Director of Community Services. As the council could not reach agreement on a successor in the month following the resignation, the position will remain vacant until a successor is chosen in the May 2016 municipal election to serve the balance of the term of office.[92]

Federal, state and county representationEdit

Ocean City is located in the 2nd Congressional District[93] and is part of New Jersey's 1st state legislative district.[12][94][95]

New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[96] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021)[97] and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).[98][99]

For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 1st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jeff Van Drew (D, Dennis Township) and in the General Assembly by Bob Andrzejczak (D, Middle Township) and R. Bruce Land (D, Vineland).[100][101] The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township).[102] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).[103]

Cape May County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year; At an annual reorganization held each January, the freeholders select one member to serve as Director and another to serve as Vice-Director.[104] As of 2018, Cape May County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton (R, Middle Township; term ends December 31, 2019),[105] Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio (R, Sea Isle City; 2018),[106] Jeffrey L. Pierson (R, Upper Township; 2017),[107] E. Marie Hayes (R, Ocean City; 2019),[108] and Will Morey (R, Wildwood Crest; 2017).[109] The county's constitutional officers are Sheriff Robert Nolan (R, Lower Township; 2020),[110] Surrogate Dean Marcolongo (R, Upper Township; 2022),[111] and County Clerk Rita Fulginiti (R, Ocean City; 2020).[112]


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 8,810 registered voters in Ocean City, of which 1,747 (19.8%) were registered as Democrats, 3,776 (42.9%) were registered as Republicans and 3,282 (37.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties.[113]

In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 58.1% of the vote (3,841 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 41.1% (2,721 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (54 votes), among the 6,658 ballots cast by the city's 9,272 registered voters (42 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 71.8%.[114][115] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 56.0% of the vote (3,949 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 42.2% (2,982 votes), with 7,058 ballots cast among the city's 8,683 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.3%.[116] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 59.0% of the vote (4,431 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry, who received 39.2% (2,945 votes), with 7,516 ballots cast among the city's 10,310 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 72.9.[117]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 75.7% of the vote (3,436 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 22.9% (1,038 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (62 votes), among the 4,638 ballots cast by the city's 8,926 registered voters (102 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 52.0%.[118][119] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 58.2% of the vote (2,894 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 34.3% (1,707 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 6.1% (306 votes), with 4,976 ballots cast among the city's 9,008 registered voters, yielding a 55.2% turnout.[120]

Sunrise from North St. Beach in 2015


Ocean City High School

The Ocean City School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its three schools had an enrollment of 1,390 students and 190.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.3:1.[121] Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[122]) are Ocean City Primary School[123] (K-3; 384 students), Ocean City Intermediate School[124] (4-8; 507 students) and Ocean City High School[125] (9-12; 1,262 students).[126][127]

Students from Corbin City, Longport, Sea Isle City and Upper Township attend Ocean City High School for ninth through twelfth grades as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective school districts.[128][129]

St. Augustine Regional School, a coeducational Catholic school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, was closed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden in June 2008.[130]


Ocean City Transportation Center, a former train station that is now a bus station used by NJ Transit

In 2009, the Ocean City metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranked as the sixth highest in the United States for percentage of commuters who walked to work (8.4 percent).[131]

Adjacent to the marshes of the Great Egg Harbor Bay is Ocean City Airport, officially known as Clarke Field. The airport was built in 1935 on what was previously a landfill, funded by the Works Progress Administration. The airport is still open to the public, operating at an annual loss of $150,000 for the city as of 2016.[132]

Roads and highwaysEdit

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 126.07 miles (202.89 km) of roadways, of which 114.85 miles (184.83 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.31 miles (14.98 km) by Cape May County and 1.91 miles (3.07 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[133] Ocean City has bridge connections to the Marmora section of Upper Township by the 34th Street (Roosevelt Boulevard) Bridge, Egg Harbor Township by the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, Somers Point by the 9th Street Bridge (Route 52), and the Strathmere section of Upper Township by the Corson's Inlet Bridge.

Public transportationEdit

NJ Transit provides bus service from the Ocean City Transportation Center to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 319 route and to Atlantic City on the 507 and 509 routes.[134][135]

The Great American Trolley Company operates trolley service in Ocean City during the summer months, with a route providing daily service on evenings from points between 59th Street and Battersea Road to the boardwalk.[136]

Ocean City formerly had passenger rail service at the Tenth Street Station (now the Ocean City Transportation Center) and the 34th Street Station. Rail service was originally provided by the Ocean City Railroad, which built the 34th Street Station in 1885 and the Tenth Street Station in 1898. The Ocean City Railroad was acquired by the Atlantic City Railroad in 1901, and later by the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines. Trains last served Ocean City in August 1981, when service was cancelled due to poor track conditions and limited funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[137]


Media publications in Ocean City include its two newspapers, The Ocean City Sentinel[138] and The Gazette. Ocean City also has a seasonal publication, The Ocean City Sure Guide, and a lifestyle magazine known as Ocean City Magazine.[139]

Notable peopleEdit

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ocean City include:

Historic placesEdit



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