Absecon is a city located in Atlantic County. It is considered a suburb of Atlantic City, which is only seven miles away. Though it is designated as a city, Absecon has a population of just over 8,000 people, giving it a small-town feel. Residents can enjoy the many parks there are in the area, the boardwalk, and its proximity to other large metropolitan areas like Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
Climate and Geography
The climate in Absecon is classified as humid continental. Summer temperatures can reach the mid-80s and winter temperatures may fall as low as the mid-20s. Absecon gets an average of 42 inches of rain, 13 inches of snow, and about 201 sunny days each year.
Absecon is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Absecon Bay—part of the Intracoastal Waterway—and several barrier islands. The city is also near the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Some of the top things to do in Absecon include visiting the Absecon 9-11 Memorial, Heritage Park, Church of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Dr Johnathan Pitney Park, Cobweb Corner Antiques, Smithville Peanut Butter Company, and Black Cat Bar & Grill.
Residents who want to explore other options outside of Absecon will enjoy the close proximity to Atlantic City, a popular oceanside resort and casino destination. New York City can also be reached in just under two hours, providing easy access to even more opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Absecon is well below the state and national average. Utility costs and groceries are the only indexes above the average, while health care, transportation, and housing are all below. The cost of homes and housing is extremely low compared to the rest of the state, and is even 30 percent lower than the national average.
New Jersey has an effective tax rate of 1.53 percent for single filers and 3.37 percent for joint filers. While Social Security benefits are exempt from income tax in the state, all other forms of retirement income are taxable, however residents who are aged 62+ may qualify for a large deduction if their income is less than $100,000. Property taxes in New Jersey are the highest in the U.S., but there are property tax programs for retired homeowners to alleviate some of the cost.
The Absecon community is serviced by hospitals including the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey, and Shore Medical Center. Other options include AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center, which are both recognized as high performing in various procedures and condition by U.S. News.