Margate is a charming island community in Atlantic County. The city has a total area of 1.6 square miles, and a population over 8,000. It is located on 8.1-mile long Absecon Island, along with Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. With a beach to one side, a bay to the other, and Atlantic City just 5.3 miles away, Margate offers residents and many opportunities for world class dining, entertainment and outdoor adventures. The town's historic charm and uniqueness, combined with its ideal location, quality schools and strong community spirit, make Margate an attractive place to live. It is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer. The beaches attract surfers, kayaking and sailing, and the bayside docks provided fisherman hours of enjoyment and relaxation. There are local charter boats, which offer sport and deep sea fishing. Margate City is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a large wooden elephant, 65 feet tall, over 124 years old, and is the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States.