Ocean City is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 6,944 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ocean City is the 104th largest community in Maryland.
Housing costs in Ocean City 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 Maryland.
Ocean City is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.46% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean City is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean City who work in sales jobs (19.42%), food service (18.78%), and office and administrative support (12.44%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.96% 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 City is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
One of the nice things about Ocean City 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 City is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Ocean City is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.24% of adults in Ocean City have a college degree.
The per capita income in Ocean City in 2018 was $42,371, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $169,484 for a family of four. However, Ocean City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Ocean City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ocean City include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Ocean City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.