American City: Atlantic City

Atlantic City

 

Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558. Located on Absecon Island, it was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. The city borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, West Atlantic City and the Atlantic Ocean.

Map of Atlantic City in Atlantic County

Map of Atlantic City in Atlantic County

 

Atlantic City was the inspiration for the original version of the board game Monopoly, especially the street names. Since 1921, Atlantic City has been the location for the Miss America pageant.

 

In an effort at revitalizing the city, New Jersey voters in 1976 passed a referendum, approving casino gambling for Atlantic City; this came after a 1974 referendum on legalized gambling failed to pass. Immediately after the legislation passed, the owners of the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel began converting it into the Resorts International. It was the first legal casino in the eastern United States when it opened on May 26, 1978. Other casinos were soon constructed along the Boardwalk and, later, in the marina district for a total of eleven today.

 

Atlantic City Beach Panorama

Atlantic City Beach Panorama