Ocean City, MD

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Living in Ocean City

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 6,844 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ocean City is the 104th largest community 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%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.96% 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 City 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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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.

The education level of Ocean City citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.24% of adults in Ocean City have at least a bachelor's 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.

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