Ocean View, DE
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Living in Ocean View


Ocean View is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 2,636 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ocean View is the 23rd largest community in Delaware. Much of the housing stock in Ocean View was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Ocean View economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Ocean View, where the median household income is $75,852.00.

Unlike some towns, Ocean View isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ocean View are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ocean View is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean View who work in sales jobs (20.47%), healthcare (9.75%), and teaching (9.26%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.22% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Ocean View is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

Because of many things, Ocean View is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Ocean View really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Ocean View perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One of the nice things about Ocean View is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The education level of Ocean View ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ocean View, 42.35% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Ocean View in 2018 was $44,210, which is upper middle income relative to Delaware, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $176,840 for a family of four. However, Ocean View contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ocean View home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean View residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Ocean View include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Ocean View is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.