Cape May, NJ
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Cape May is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 3,514 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Cape May is the 372nd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Cape May are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Cape May, employing 22.75% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Accommodation and Retail industries employ 16.85% and 16.85% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

Also of interest is that Cape May has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Another notable thing is that Cape May is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.

One of the nice things about Cape May is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Cape May is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.90 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

As is often the case in a small city, Cape May doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Cape May are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.65% of adults in Cape May have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Cape May in 2010 was $35,502, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,008 for a family of four. However, Cape May contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Cape May home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cape May residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cape May include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Cape May is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.