Atlantic City Facts

Settled in 1783, Atlantic City today has a year-round population of 39,551. Atlantic City is just 11.92 square miles long but boasts many historic firsts, such as being the site of the world's first Boardwalk and salt-water taffy's first development. The famed Monopoly board's streets are named after Atlantic City's.

In 1976 New Jersey voters approved casino gambling for Atlantic City; this came after a referendum to legalize gambling failed to pass in 1974. 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. The casinos that opened after Resorts are as follows:


Caesars Atlantic City — June 26, 1979
Bally's Atlantic City — December 29, 1979
Harrah's Atlantic City — November 27, 1980
Tropicana — November 26, 1981
Trump Plaza — May 26, 1984
Showboat — April 2, 1987
Trump Taj Mahal — April 2, 1990
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa — July 2, 2003
Golden Nugget - May 24, 2011
Revel Casino & Hotel — April 2, 2012
  • Atlantic City casino resorts continue to be one of the largest economic engines in the state, attracting over 26 million visitors per year and generating almost twenty percent of all tourism dollars spent in the Garden State.
  • Atlantic City is the second largest gaming destination in the United States generating about $3 billion in gaming revenue per year.
  • Atlantic City is 60 miles from Philadelphia, 125 miles from New York, and 175 miles from Washington, DC. Roughly 60 million adults reside within a tank of gas of Atlantic City.
  • Atlantic City is transforming from a gaming dominant locale to a diversified beachfront destination, where gambling is one of the many amenities attracting visitors to this seaside resort.
  • Revenue from the luxury tax - a tax primarily on entertainment, beverages and rooms - has increased 25 percent in the last three years, which further proves that Atlantic City’s economy is diversifying.
  • New Jersey's gaming industry generates about $1 billion a year in taxes and fees paid to state and local governments. The largest portion of taxes generated by our casinos come from the Gross Gaming Revenue Tax, which benefits New Jersey's seniors and disabled citizens throughout New jersey, including medical, social, and transportation programs.
  • Atlantic City casinos are diversifying and are a vital economic engine to the Garden State’s economy, supporting over 76,000 jobs and generating approximately $1 billion in nongaming revenue.
  • The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) was established in 1984 and since then has reinvested over $1.8 billion of funds provided by New Jersey's casinos in over 400 projects across the state. In Atlantic City alone, they have reinvested over $1.5 billion. The only agency of its kind nationwide — the CRDA has used casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide. In doing so, the CRDA has dramatically changed Atlantic City's residential, commercial, cultural, and social landscape, while financially supporting quality-of-life improvement efforts throughout New Jersey.
  • CRDA started with a substantial commitment to housing in Atlantic City. Over the years, it has reinvested over $350 million in housing and neighborhood development. It has developed over 1500 housing units and has transformed the Northeast Inlet section of the City.
  • Where else in the world can you swim in the Atlantic Ocean, take a walk on the longest, oldest and most famous boardwalk, eat in a five-star restaurant and then enjoy top notch entertainment?

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