Ocean City, NJ
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Ocean City is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 11,355 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Ocean City is the 173rd largest community in New Jersey.

Ocean City home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Ocean City real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Ocean City is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean City is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean City who work in teaching (12.63%), management occupations (12.59%), and sales jobs (12.39%).

Another notable thing is that Ocean City is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

Ocean City 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.

The education level of Ocean City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ocean City, 46.08% 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 City in 2010 was $42,629, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,516 for a family of four. However, Ocean City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ocean City is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ocean City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ocean City include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Ocean City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Serbo-Croatian.