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Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County , New Jersey , United States, known for its casinos, boardwalks , and beaches. In 2010 , it had a population of 39,558.      The city was incorporated on May 1, 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township.  It borders Absecon , Brigantine , Pleasantville , Ventnor City , West Atlantic City , and the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic City inspired the American version of the board game Monopoly , especially the street names. Since 1921, Atlantic City has been the home of the Miss America pageant. In 1976, New Jersey voters legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City. The first casino opened two years later.
Because of its location in South Jersey , hugging the Atlantic Ocean between marshlands and islands, Atlantic City was viewed by developers as prime real estate and a potential resort town. In 1853, the first commercial hotel, the Belloe House, was built at the intersection of Massachusetts and Atlantic Avenues.