Ocean Grove is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 3,316 people and just one neighborhood, Ocean Grove is the 378th largest community in New Jersey. Ocean Grove has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Ocean Grove 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.
Occupations and Workforce
Ocean Grove is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean Grove is a town of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Grove who work in sales jobs (21.03%), office and administrative support (12.04%) and business and financial occupations (10.94%).
Also of interest is that Ocean Grove has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Ocean Grove is also a town of artists. Ocean Grove has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ocean Grove’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Ocean Grove is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Ocean Grove 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.
Even though Ocean Grove is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.