Ocean Springs is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 17,682 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ocean Springs is the 24th largest community in Mississippi.
Ocean Springs real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Ocean Springs house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ocean Springs is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ocean Springs is a city of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Springs who work in management occupations (11.29%), teaching (9.91%), and food service (9.55%).
Ocean Springs 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 population of Ocean Springs is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.01% of adults in Ocean Springs have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Ocean Springs in 2010 was $29,167, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,668 for a family of four. However, Ocean Springs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Ocean Springs is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ocean Springs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean Springs residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ocean Springs include German, English, Irish, French, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Ocean Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.