Wildwood, NJ
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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. Much of the housing stock in Wildwood was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wildwood is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 office and administrative support (12.23%), sales jobs (12.05%), and food service (11.00%).

Another notable thing is that Wildwood is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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, Wildwood’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 Wildwood 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.

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 18.26 minutes getting to work every day.

Wildwood, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of adults in Wildwood with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.36% of adults in Wildwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Wildwood in 2010 was $22,812, 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 $91,248 for a family of four. However, Wildwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wildwood is an extremely 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 23.31% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wildwood include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Wildwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Gujarathi.

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