North Cape May, New Jersey

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North Cape May is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Lower Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, in the United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 3,618. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry departs from here. It is also home to the Cape May Lighthouse and the Cape May Harbor, one of the busiest fishing ports on the East Coast.

North Cape May had existed as an independent borough, formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 19, 1928, from portions of Lower Township. The borough remained independent until April 30, 1945, when it was returned to Lower Township.[3]



North Cape May is located at 38°58′47″N 74°57′06″W / 38.979680°N 74.951643°W / 38.979680; -74.951643 (38.979680, -74.951643).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 km2 (1.5 mi2). 3.6 km2 (1.4 mi2) of it is land and 0.2 km2 (0.1 mi2) of it (4.76%) is water.

Driving distances

Driving distances to areas south of the N.J. nautical state line along the Delaware Bay are a short to medium distance away. North Cape May is the closest of all New Jersey municipalities to these following places:

  • To the Delmarva at the nautical state line between New Jersey and Delaware at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal is 10 miles away. This is approximately a 20-30 minute ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (approx. 1 hour on the entire Ferry route).

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