Oriental 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 895 people and just one neighborhood, Oriental is the 411th largest community in North Carolina.
Real Estate Prices
Oriental real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Oriental house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Oriental is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.37% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oriental is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oriental who work in sales jobs (16.89%), office and administrative support (15.26%) and management occupations (13.90%).
Of important note, Oriental is also a town of artists. Oriental has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Oriental’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Oriental is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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, Oriental is worth considering.
Oriental 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, Oriental doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.