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 631 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 95.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean Isle Beach is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Isle Beach who work in management occupations (27.92%), sales jobs (24.73%), and healthcare (9.19%).

A relatively large number of people in Ocean Isle Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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.

One of the nice things about Ocean Isle Beach 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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ocean Isle Beach. 56.92% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ocean Isle Beach in 2010 was $62,281, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $249,124 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 English, 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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