Bath is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 249 people and just one neighborhood, Bath is the 533rd largest community in North Carolina.
Occupations and Workforce
Bath is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bath is a town of managers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bath who work in business and financial occupations (14.40%), management occupations (13.60%) and office and administrative support (13.60%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.38% 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
Bath is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Bath enrolled in college, Bath has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Another notable thing is that Bath is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Bath is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bath’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Bath is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Bath is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.