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 85.49% 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 management occupations (15.01%), sales jobs (13.71%), and food service (12.22%).

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.

In Ocean City, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Ocean City is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other 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: 33.52% of adults in Ocean City have a college degree.

The per capita income in Ocean City in 2010 was $53,397, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,588 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, Italian, English, and Polish.

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

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