Wildwood 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 5,149 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Wildwood is the 308th largest community in New Jersey. Wildwood has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities, Wildwood isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Wildwood are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wildwood is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wildwood who work in sales jobs (12.72%), office and administrative support (11.70%), and personal care services (11.70%).
Another notable thing is that Wildwood is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city 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 city.
Wildwood 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.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.47 minutes getting to work every day.
For a small city, Wildwood 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 Wildwood exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Wildwood rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.91% of adults 25 and older in Wildwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Wildwood in 2010 was $21,826, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,304 for a family of four. Wildwood also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.26% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Wildwood is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wildwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wildwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wildwood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wildwood include Italian, German, English, and Hungarian.
In addition, Wildwood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.83%).
The most common language spoken in Wildwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.