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.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Seaside Heights is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the borough 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 borough.
Seaside Heights 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Seaside Heights, even though it is a small borough, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, borough who have a need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of adults in Seaside Heights with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 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.
In addition, Seaside Heights has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.09%).
The most common language spoken in Seaside Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.