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 2,892 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Seaside Heights is the 393rd largest community in New Jersey.
Seaside Heights home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Seaside Heights real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
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 (23.90%), personal care services (13.33%), and office and administrative support (12.29%).
Another notable thing is that Seaside Heights is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the borough’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
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.
Despite the fact that it is a small borough, Seaside Heights has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the borough for affordable transportation.
In Seaside Heights, just 12.27% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Seaside Heights in 2010 was $17,793, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,172 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 Asian. 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 37.12% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Seaside Heights include Irish, English, Scottish, and Greek.
In addition, Seaside Heights has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.49%).
The most common language spoken in Seaside Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.