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 11,206 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Ocean City is the 173rd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Ocean City are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.09% 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 City is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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 City’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.

Ocean City is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.65% of adults in Ocean City have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.