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 11,041 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 86.92% 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 management occupations (12.50%), sales jobs (11.57%), and office and administrative support (11.27%).
Also of interest is that Ocean City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Ocean City telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.09% 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 City is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.
One of the nice things about Ocean City 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.
The education level of Ocean City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ocean City, 48.65% 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 $46,522, 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 $186,088 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Ocean City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.