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SOUTH JERSEY

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CULTURE: Culturally South Jersey is defined as the area of New Jersey within the influence of the Philadelphia metropolitan area (also known as the Delaware Valley) in contrast to the rest of New Jersey in the New York metropolitan area. South Jersey includes seven counties: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County and Salem County. Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties have several older streetcar towns, and many residents commute to Philadelphia. Salem County and to lesser extents, lower Gloucester County and upper Cumberland County serve as residential communities for the industries (mainly petro-chemical) in New Castle County, Delaware. Atlantic Shore areas, in particular Atlantic City and Cape May, have a distinct economy centered on tourism.

CLIMATE: South Jersey has a humid, sub-tropical climate. Compared to northern parts of New Jersey, South Jersey has slightly higher temperatures and receives less annual precipitation. Along the Jersey Shore, temperatures are moderated by land breezes and sea breezes.

In 2005 Money Magazine named Moorestown “the best place to live in the United States,” although they stated that a number of nearby municipalities could have just as easily been given the distinction.

COLLEGES: The following Colleges and Universities are located in South Jersey:  (1) Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; (2) Georgian Court University; (3) Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; (4) Rowan University; (5) Rutger’s University-Camden; and (6) Rutger’s School of Law-Camden. The following Community Colleges are located in South Jersey: (1) Atlantic Cape Community College; (2) Burlington County College; (3) Camden County College; (4) Cumberland County College; (5) Gloucester County College; (6) Ocean County College; and (7) Salem Community College.

PUBLIC EDUCATION: The 19th edition of the Report Card on American Education is a comprehensive overview of education is a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The Report Card details state-by-state grades in the following categories:  (1) State Academic Standards; (2) Private School Choice Programs; (3) Charter Schools; (4) Teacher Quality; (5) Online Learning; and (6) Home School Regulation Burdens. In the education rankings by state, New Jersey is currently ranked #2 nationally. (Source: American Legislative Exchange Council www.alec.org/.../report-card-on-American-Education)

SPORTS: While most South Jerseyans root for Philadelphia teams such as the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and 76ers, others generally root for the nearby New York teams, such as the Mets/Yankees, Jets/Giants, NJ Devils/ Rangers/Islanders, Knicks/Nets. South Jersey is home to the minor league baseball team, the Camden Riversharks.

BEACHES: South Jersey’s regional commercial centers include:  Cherry Hill, Camden and Atlantic City, with its resort casinos, boardwalk, shopping and beaches. Other South Jersey Seaside resorts include:  (1) Avalon; (2) Barnegat; (3) Brigantine; (4) Cape May; (5) Lacey; (6) Long Beach Island; (7) Longport; (8) Manahawkin; (9) Margate; (10) North Wildwood; (11) Ocean City; (12) Sea Isle City; (13) Stone Harbor; (14) Wildwood; (15) Wildwood Crest;  and (16) Ventnor. New Jersey beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Source: South Jersey (Wikipedia)

 

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