Rock Hall is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 1,312 people and just one neighborhood, Rock Hall is the 214th largest community in Maryland.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rock Hall is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rock Hall is a town of professionals, managers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rock Hall who work in management occupations (15.42%), food service (11.08%) and office and administrative support (8.68%).
Of important note, Rock Hall is also a town of artists. Rock Hall has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rock Hall’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.28% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Rock Hall 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, Rock Hall’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Rock Hall 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 Rock Hall is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.