Cape May County

Cape May County is the southernmost county in New Jersey. It is the peninsula that hangs off the southern portion of the state. It's most well known for its shore/beach towns that extend up the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. The total area is approximately 620 square miles (1,607 km²). 255 square miles (661 km²) of it is land and 365 square miles (946 km²) of it (58.86%) is water.

There are several major roadways that lead into the area. If you are coming from the north (North Jersey and New York area), the Garden State Parkway runs the entire Atlantic coastline and directly into the county. If you are coming from the west (Philadelphia area), you can take the Atlantic City Expressway, U.S. Route 322, or State Route 55. All three roadways lead into the Garden State Parkway. And there is always the Cape May Lewes Ferry if you are coming from the south.

The county is made up of the following municipalities

  • Cape May Point
  • Cape May City
  • Dennis Township
  • Lower Township
  • Middle Township
  • North Wildwood
  • Ocean City
  • Sea Isle City
  • Stone Harbor
  • Upper Township
  • West Cape May
  • West Wildwood
  • Wildwood Crest
  • Wildwood City
  • Woodbine

    Of the above mention municipalities Avalon, Cape May City, Cape May Point, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Wildwood Crest, and Wildwood City all border the Atlantic Ocean and are tourist destinations. The westerly side borders the Delaware Bay. Thus, most of the coastline is developed and the interior portions are less densely populated.

    County Seat

    The county seat is in Cape May Court House within Middle Township. The address for the building is:

    County Administration Building
    4 Moore Road
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1601
    Tel: 609-465-1065
    Fax: 609-465-6189

    Within this building you will be able to locate various local services including any administration.

    Education/Schooling Districts

    Most of the municipalities offer their own schooling district; however, most of these districts only include elementary and middle schools. The districts are listed below:

  • Avalon Elementary
  • Cape May City Elementary
  • Cape May County Special Services
  • Cape May County Technical
  • Dennis Township School District
  • Lower Cape May Regional School District
  • Middle Township School District
  • North Wildwood School District
  • Ocean City School District
  • Stone Harbor School District
  • West Cape May School District
  • Wildwood School District
  • Wildwood Crest School District
  • Woodbine School District

    The High Schools are as follows:

  • Lower Cape May Regional H.S.
  • Middle Township H.S.
  • Ocean City H.S.
  • Wildwood H.S.
  • Wildwood Catholic H.S.

    For information regarding the Cape May County Library click here

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