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 2,076 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ocean View is the 25th 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 $72,070.00.
Housing costs in Ocean View are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Delaware.
Ocean View is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ocean View is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean View who work in sales jobs (16.18%), management occupations (15.17%), and office and administrative support (11.35%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.01% 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 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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ocean View has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ocean View has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ocean View than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ocean View may be for you.
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.
Even though Ocean View is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The population of Ocean View is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.28% of adults in Ocean View have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Ocean View in 2010 was $43,800, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,200 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, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Ocean View is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.