Ocean City, MD
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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 7,055 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ocean City is the 104th largest community in Maryland.

Ocean City is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.45% 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 (14.71%), management occupations (14.06%), and food service (13.62%).

Another notable thing is that Ocean City 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 City’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Ocean City is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of Ocean City citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.07% of adults in Ocean City have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ocean City in 2010 was $42,049, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $168,196 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 German, English, Italian, and Russian.

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

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