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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.93% 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 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.

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.

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.

Ocean Isle Beach is a small town, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Ocean Isle Beach, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 93.96% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.

Ocean Isle Beach is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ocean Isle Beach. 56.23% 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 $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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