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 2,190 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ocean View is the 25th largest community in Delaware. Ocean View has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Ocean View, where the median household income is $85,417.00.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ocean View is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ocean View is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean View who work in sales jobs (23.51%), management occupations (11.75%), and office and administrative support (8.49%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.48% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Ocean View’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Ocean View has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Ocean View a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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.
One downside of living in Ocean View is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Ocean View, the average commute to work is 30.26 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
The education level of Ocean View ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ocean View, 43.86% 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 $48,959, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $195,836 for a family of four.
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, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Ocean View is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.