The City of Somers Point is in the eastern part of Atlantic County, southwest of Atlantic City.
Somers Point was originally incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 24, 1886, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held five days earlier. The borough was reincorporated on April 2, 1890, based on the previous day's referendum. Somers Point was incorporated as a city on April 9, 1902, from all of Somers Point borough and additional portions of Egg Harbor Township.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.4 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (22.05%) is water.
There were 4,920 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,222, and the median income for a family was $51,868. Males had a median income of $39,650 versus $28,691 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,229. About 5.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
The City Council consists of seven members. There are three members from each of two wards, elected for staggered three-year terms, and one at large representative, elected four years. The Council elects one of its members as President to chair the Council meetings and perform the other duties of a presiding officer. The City Council is the governing body of the City. They enact ordinances. The Council is responsible for adopting the annual budget, and setting other policy for the municipality.
As of 2008, the Mayor of Somers Point is John L. Glasser, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2011. The members of the City Council are Council President Francis X. Cosgrove (2009), Councilmember-At-Large Carl D’Adamo (2008), Ward One Councilmembers Patrick Bingham (2008), Sean McGuigan (2010) and Francis X. Cosgrove (2009); and Ward Two Councilmembers John DiMaria (2008), Bobby Donovan (2009) and David Parker (2010).
In elections held on November 6, 2007, Republican Party mayoral candidate John L. (Jack) Glasser, Jr. (1,445 votes) defeated Ward 2 Councilmember Democrat John DiMaria (868). Republican Sean McGuigan (865) defeated Democrat Genevieve L. DeVito (523) in Ward 1, while Democrat David C. Parker (465) was re-elected in Ward 2 over Republican challenger Christopher Marshall (431).