Ocean Isle Beach 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 614 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ocean Isle Beach is the 474th largest community in North Carolina.
Ocean Isle Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Ocean Isle Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Ocean Isle Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.23% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean Isle Beach is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Isle Beach who work in sales jobs (20.20%), management occupations (18.24%), and office and administrative support (12.70%).
Also of interest is that Ocean Isle Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.56% 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.
Another notable thing is that Ocean Isle Beach 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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Ocean Isle Beach has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Ocean Isle Beach a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Ocean Isle Beach 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Ocean Isle Beach doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
If knowledge is power, Ocean Isle Beach is a pretty powerful place. 51.69% of the adults in Ocean Isle Beach have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Ocean Isle Beach in 2010 was $53,447, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,788 for a family of four.
The people who call Ocean Isle Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean Isle Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ocean Isle Beach include Irish, German, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Ocean Isle Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.