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 597 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 88.24% 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, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Isle Beach who work in management occupations (23.88%), sales jobs (21.80%), and office and administrative support (9.34%).
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: 9.03% 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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ocean Isle Beach has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ocean Isle Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ocean Isle Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ocean Isle Beach may be for you.
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.
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.
The education level of Ocean Isle Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ocean Isle Beach, 48.87% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Ocean Isle Beach in 2010 was $54,870, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,480 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, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Ocean Isle Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.