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Snapshot of Camden

Camden, New Jersey is an urban city of approximately 80,000 residents. Situated directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Camden is one of the most underserved cities in the nation. Camden was recently designated by 2005 census data as the poorest city in the United States with a population under 65,000. And, for the last 2 years, Camden has been declared the most dangerous City in the United States by Morgan Quitno.

With a total population of approximately 80,000, 34.6% (27,674) of Camden residents are under the age of 18 and 33.5% of the total population (26,786) lives below the federal poverty level. With poverty has come an array of health problems including high rates of injuries, HIV, diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease, and mental illness. In recent years, hospital emergency departments have seen a significant increase in the number of admissions relating to primary care conditions. Without timely access to consistent care, diseases and illnesses often go undiagnosed, treatment options are delayed, and the rates of negative health outcomes continue to remain elevated in poor urban areas.

U.S. Census 2000 (www.census.gov)