Seaside Heights is a very small coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 2,896 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Seaside Heights is the 393rd largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Seaside Heights 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.
Seaside Heights is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Seaside Heights is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Seaside Heights who work in food service (21.53%), office and administrative support (17.21%), and personal care services (8.44%).
Another notable thing is that Seaside Heights is a major vacation destination. Much of the borough’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, Seaside Heights’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
One of the nice things about Seaside Heights 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.
For a small borough, Seaside Heights has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Seaside Heights exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The citizens of Seaside Heights are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.16% of adults in Seaside Heights have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Seaside Heights in 2010 was $26,404, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $105,616 for a family of four. However, Seaside Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Seaside Heights is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Seaside Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Seaside Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Native Hawaiian. Seaside Heights also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 33.91% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Seaside Heights include Irish, Scottish, German, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Seaside Heights's cultural character, accounting for 24.09% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Seaside Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.