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Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Template:Redirect Atlantic City is a city located in Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 40,517. It is a resort community located on Absecon Island, just off the coast of New Jersey. Other towns on the island are Ventnor, Margate, and Longport.

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Atlantic City is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government. The current Mayor of Atlantic City is the Honorable Lorenzo Langford. However, Mayor Langford's administration became a Lame Duck on June 7, 2005 when he lost the Democratic primary to Bob Levy who will face Republican Tim Mancuso in the November General Election. The city is an anchor city for the Delaware Valley metropolitan area.

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History

Atlantic City has always been primarily a resort town. Its location in southern New Jersey, hugging the Atlantic Ocean between marshlands and islands, presented itself as prime real estate for developers. The city was incorporated in 1854, the same year in which train service began, linking this remote parcel of land with the more populated, urban centers of New York and Philadelphia. Atlantic City became a popular beach destination because of its proximity to Philadelphia.

In 1870 the first boardwalk was built along a portion of the beach to help hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. The idea caught on, and the boardwalk was expanded and modified several times in the following years. Today, it is several miles long and sixty feet wide, reinforced with steel and concrete.

Although a small city, it had been plagued with many large city problems, especially poverty and crime. The neighborhood known as the "inlet" was particularly impoverished. In an effort at revitalizing the city, New Jersey voters in 1976 approved casino gambling for the city of Atlantic City. Resorts International then became the first legal casino in the eastern United States when it opened on May 26, 1978. Many other casinos were opened up along the boardwalk as a result. The introduction of gambling did not, however, eliminate many of the urban problems that plagued Atlantic City. Many have argued that it only served to magnify those problems, as evidenced in the stark contrast between tourism-intensive areas and the adjacent impoverished working-class neighborhoods. In addition, Atlantic City has played second-fiddle to Las Vegas, Nevada as a gambling mecca.

It is also has been the home of the Miss America pageant, which has been held here since 1921. The streets of Atlantic City are also used in the American version of the boardgame Monopoly.

Atlantic City in popular culture

Atlantic City has been a rather frequent subject in popular culture. A 1981 movie, Atlantic City, starring Burt Lancaster, is named for the city. Atlantic City is cited as the Sundance Kid's birthplace in the 1969 classic western film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A popular Bruce Springsteen song, "Atlantic City," depicting a young couple's escape to the city, appears on Springsteen's 1982 album Nebraska.

More recently, several episodes of Donald Trump's television show The Apprentice have been based and filmed in Atlantic City.

Many landmarks in Atlantic City are featured in the original version of Monopoly.

Geography

Atlantic City is located at 39°21'54" North, 74°26'21" West (39.364966, -74.439034)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.9 km² (17.4 mi²). 29.4 km² (11.4 mi²) of it is land and 15.5 km² (6.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 34.58% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 40,517 people, 15,848 households, and 8,700 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,378.3/km² (3,569.8/mi²). There are 20,219 housing units at an average density of 687.8/km² (1,781.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 26.68% White, 44.16% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 10.40% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 13.76% from other races, and 4.47% from two or more races. 24.95% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 15,848 households out of which 27.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.8% are married couples living together, 23.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% are non-families. 37.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.26.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $26,969, and the median income for a family is $31,997. Males have a median income of $25,471 versus $23,863 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,402. 23.6% of the population and 19.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 29.1% of those under the age of 18 and 18.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Casino resorts

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The Borgata
  • Atlantic City Hilton (http://www.hiltonac.com/) (Second Property), Boston Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Bally's Atlantic City (http://www.ballysac.com/), Park Place & The Boardwalk
  • The Borgata, One Borgata Way or 1501 MGM Mirage Boulevard
  • Caesars Atlantic City (http://www.caesarsac.com/), Pacific Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Claridge Casino at Bally's Atlantic City, Indiana Avenue & Park Place
  • Harrah's Atlantic City (http://www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/atl/), 777 Harrah's Boulevard
  • Resorts Atlantic City (http://www.resortsac.com/), North Carolina Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Sands (http://www.acsands.com/), Indiana Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Showboat (http://www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/sac/), South States Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Tropicana, Brighton Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Trump Marina (http://www.trumpmarina.com/), Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard
  • Trump Plaza (http://www.trumpplaza.com/), Mississippi Avenue & The Boardwalk
  • Trump Taj Mahal, Virginia Avenue & The Boardwalk

Former and closed casino/resorts

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The Trump Taj Mahal, as seen from the Atlantic City boardwalk
  • Atlantic City Hilton Casino/Hotel (First Property) - Casino license denied. Renamed Trump Castle Casino/Hotel.
  • Atlantis Casino/Hotel - Casino license revoked on 04/07/1989. Renamed Trump Regency (Non-Casino)
  • Bally's Park Place Casino/Hotel - Renamed Bally's Atlantic City Casino/Hotel.
  • Bally's Grand Casino/Hotel - Renamed The Grand Casino/Hotel.
  • Boardwalk Regency Hotel/Casino - Renamed Caesars Boardwalk Regency Casino/Hotel.
  • Brighton Casino/Hotel - Renamed Sands Casino/Hotel Atlantic City.
  • Caesars Boardwalk Regency Casino/Hotel - Renamed Caesars Atlantic City Casino/Hotel.
  • Claridge Casino/Hotel - Renamed Claridge at Bally's Atlantic City Casino/Hotel.
  • Del Webb's Claridge Hotel and Hi-Ho Casino - Renamed Del Webb's Claridge Casino/Hotel.
  • Del Webb's Claridge Hotel/Casino - Renamed Claridge Casino/Hotel.
  • Golden Nugget Casino/Hotel - Renamed Bally's Grand Casino/Hotel.
  • Harrah's Marina Casino/Hotel - Renamed Harrah's Atlantic City Casino/Hotel.
  • Harrah's at Trump Plaza Casino/Hotel - Renamed Trump Plaza Casino/Hotel.
  • Merv Griffin's Resorts Casino/Hotel - Renamed Resorts International Casino/Hotel.
  • Park Place Casino/Hotel - Renamed Bally's Park Place Casino/Hotel.
  • Playboy Casino/Hotel - Permanent casino license denied. Renamed Atlantis Casino/Hotel.
  • Resorts International Casino/Hotel - Renamed Resorts Atlantic City Casino/Hotel.
  • The Grand Casino/Hotel - Renamed Atlantic City Hilton Casino/Hotel.
  • Tropicana Casino Resort - Renamed TropWorld Casino Resort
  • TropWorld Casino Resort - Reverted back to Tropicana Casino Resort name.
  • Trump Castle Casino/Hotel - Renamed Trump Marina Casino/Hotel.
  • Trump Regency Hotel (Non Casino) - Renamed Trump World's Fair Casino at Trump Plaza.
  • Trump World's Fair Casino at Trump Plaza - Closed and demolished in 2000. Property now an empty lot.

Media outlets

Only media outlets that serve or are licensed in the city of Atlantic City are listed.
Media outlets listed without a link currently do not have an Internet website or email address.

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Radio stations

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Transportation

Atlantic City is connected to Philadelphia from the Atlantic City Rail Terminal by way of New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Line. Atlantic City also has a New Jersey Transit bus terminal and free jitney service.

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