Camden, NJ


The Short Camden NJ Ghetto Story

The Camden NJ ghetto, a city that is east of the Delaware River from Philadelphia, has been constantly label as one of the most troubled cities in the country.

Camden’s problems include the corruption within the local police department and the local government, the lack of resources and finances, and the amount of poverty and crime that all occurs in the Camden NJ ghetto.

A small city that is in the southern part of New Jersey has over 75,000 people residing in the city with African-Americans and Latinos making up the majority of the city’s population.

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The city of Camden has an average income of $22,000, compared to the $58,000 that people in the surrounding cities of Camden County earn, and an average home value of $86,000, which is the total opposite of the $325,000 state average.


The city’s black population began to arrive in the city during the 1930s, while the Latino community of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans followed right after, both for the job opportunities in the city.*

The black community was mostly based in South Camden, around Broadway and later in the Centerville neighborhood along Ferry Avenue, while North Camden would later claim its home to the Hispanic community.*

Starting in the 1950s and 60s, especially after the building of the Cherry Hill mall that is one of the largest shopping areas on the East Coast, the city of Camden began to slowly decline as people were taking their business outside of the city, which was the beginning of the Camden NJ ghetto.*

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With most of the businesses gone and families with enough money having the ability to leave the city, the Camden NJ ghetto has been on the decline for the past generations.

A city that some once looked at as a blue collar city, with a number of ethnic groups that included the Irish, Polish, and Italians, as well as African-Americans in their segregated part of South Camden, has now a negative look to many of the outsiders.


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Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research.  Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.

 Source of Camden History*Gillette, Howard. “Camden After the Fall”. University of Pennsylvania Press. 2005