Atlantic County, New Jersey

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Atlantic County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2000 Census, the population is 252,552. Its county seat is Mays Landing.[1]

This county is associated with (though not officially a part of) the Delaware Valley area as well as the Atlantic CityHammonton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

All of what is known today as Atlantic County was once called Egg Harbor Township, the eastern half of the original County of Gloucester. Named as an official district as early as 1693, it was bounded on the north by the Little Egg Harbor River (now known as the Mullica River), and on the south by the Great Egg Harbor River and its southern branch the Tuckahoe River. Its eastern boundary was the Atlantic Ocean, but the western boundary in the South Jersey interior was not fixed until 1761.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 671 square miles (1,737.9 km2), of which 561 square miles (1,453.0 km2) is land and 110 square miles (284.9 km2) (16.44%) is water.

Topographically, much of Atlantic County is low-lying and flat. The highest elevation, approximately 150 feet (50 m) above sea level, is found at two areas next to the NJ Transit passenger rail line just east of Hammonton. Sea level is the lowest point.

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