A Historical Look at Brigantine, NJ

The car accident lawyers in Brigantine, NJ at Garden State Justice Group invite you to discover the history of the coastal neighborhood.


Brigantine is a city also referred to as The Island. The city is situated in the eastern section of Atlantic County in the state of New Jersey. The island covers 6,950.4 acres, but only 4,172.8 acres is land; the rest of the 39.98% is water. Some of the neighboring towns across the water are Atlantic City, Venice Park, and Absecon. The only road into the city is Brigantine Boulevard that crosses the bridge.


Although the city's name has changed many times over the years, it has always been named after the several shipwrecks in the area. A brigantine is a sailing rig that consists of two masts and a fully square-rigged foremast. The vessel includes a minimum of two sails on the mainmast that consists of a gaff sail behind the mast and a square topsail. 

The area was initially incorporated into a borough in 1890 and reincorporated into a city in 1897. Finally, on March 16, 1924, the area was incorporated into a city with the name that it is called today. In 2008, the city was ranked as the 36th "Best Places to Live" in the state by the New Jersey Monthly magazine. 


The island town has much to offer its residents and guests. The Brigantine Lighthouse, located at the roundabout in Brigantine Boulevard, was built in 1926 by the  Island Development Real Estate Company. Although the construction did not allow for its actual use as a lighthouse, it has served the community as a museum, gift shop, and as the headquarters for the Police Department. 

Further down the avenue is the Brigantine Beach Historical Museum that opened in 1992. The museum has a massive collection of photos that date back to the 19th century and many artifacts. 

As you continue to travel west, you will find the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. The center offers community marine rescue and rehabilitation resources. It is open to the public for the following:

  • educational resources
  • summer programs
  • a museum
  • a gift shop 


The city was home to 9,450 residents in 2010. This count included 4,294 households and 2,521 families. The racial makeup of the townspeople included the following:

  • 87.33% white 
  • 2.91% African American
  • 6.88% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.17% Native American
  • 4.72% Asian
  • 0.03% Pacific Islander
  • 2.51% other races
  • 2.33% two or more races

The income median for the residents was $62,212 in 2010. A family income averaged $79,318. Men averaged a yearly income of $55,595 while the women averaged $42,622. The occupational makeup for the city residents was as follows: 

  • 12.53% office and administrative support roles
  • 12.42% foodservice professions
  • 10.97% management and executive positions

To learn more about the surrounding area: Learn All About Venice Park, NJ

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