In the heart of Atlantic County is Absecon, a town of 7.3 square miles and 8,400 residents. Absecon is close enough to the Jersey Shore towns to enjoy a day in the Atlantic or an evening gambling in Atlantic City, but it's not congested or overrun with tourists during the summer months. People who live here typically have put down roots to stay for good or are transplants looking to be close to the shoreline without being saddled with a beachfront mortgage or the potential of a damaging hurricane.
Absecon is governed by a city form of government consisting of a mayor and a seven-member City Council. Six City Council members serve three-year terms on a staggered basis so that each election year, a Council seat becomes available. The seventh member of the Council and the mayor are both elected at-large to four-year terms. Children who live in town are served by the Absecon Public School District. Those in kindergarten through fifth grades attend H. Ashton Marsh Elementary School. Emma C. Attales Middle School serves students in sixth through eighth grades. Public school students in the higher grades attend Pleasantville High School. Absecon is a fisherman's haven, and anyone who goes out with the intention of bringing in something fresh goes to Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. The center, which opened in 1985, offers fishing safaris, fishing tournaments, bait and tackle for the most experienced fisher of the seas to the novice. For the kids and those who enjoy a brisk walk, Heritage Park on Mill Road has a playground and a walking path. In the summertime, the park is the setting for Sunday night concerts. If a quiet, reserved place sounds like heaven, then Absecon is a great location for a second home or to spend retirement.