Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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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 89.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean Isle Beach is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Isle Beach who work in management occupations (23.15%), sales jobs (21.48%), and healthcare (12.42%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.93% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 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, Ocean Isle Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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, Ocean Isle Beach is worth considering.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.93 minutes getting to work every day.

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. 56.23% 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 $58,762, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $235,048 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 German, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Ocean Isle Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.



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