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Wildwood is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey. It is part of the Ocean City metropolitan statistical area and is a popular summer resort destination along the Jersey Shore. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city's year-round population was 5,325,[17][18][19] reflecting a decline of 111 (−2.0%) from the 5,436 counted in the 2000 census, which had in turn increased by 952 (+21.2%) from the 4,484 counted in the 1990 census.[20] With visitors, the population can swell to 250,000 during the summer months.[21] Wildwood was the first city in New Jersey to have a female mayor, Doris W. Bradway, who was ousted in a 1938 recall election.[22]

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Wildwood, New Jersey
City of Wildwood
Sunrise in Wildwood, August 2016
Map of Wildwood in Cape May County. Inset: Location of Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wildwood, New Jersey
Location in Cape May County
Location in New Jersey
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38.988914°N 74.819824°W / 38.988914; -74.819824[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Cape May
IncorporatedMay 1, 1895 (as borough)
January 1, 1912 (as city)
  TypeWalsh Act
  BodyBoard of Commissioners
  MayorPete Byron (term ends December 31, 2023)[4][5]
  Municipal clerkChristopher H. Wood[6]
  Total1.65 sq mi (4.28 km2)
  Land1.54 sq mi (3.99 km2)
  Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)  6.79%
  Rank434th of 565 in state
12th of 16 in county[1]
Elevation7 ft (2 m)
  Rank367th of 566 in state
6th of 16 in county[10]
  Density3,346.53/sq mi (1,292.30/km2)
   Rank151st of 566 in state
1st of 16 in county[10]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s)609 exchanges: 522, 523, 729, 846[13]
FIPS code3400981170[1][14][15]
GNIS feature ID0885444[1][16]

The Wildwoods is used as a collective term for the four communities located on Wildwood island that have "Wildwood" as part of the municipality name—the Borough of Wildwood Crest, City of Wildwood, Borough of West Wildwood and the City of North Wildwood—together with Diamond Beach, a portion of Lower Township situated on the island.[4][23] The city, and the surrounding communities that share the name, derives its name from the wild flowers found in the area.[24]