Wildwood Crest 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 3,198 people and just one neighborhood, Wildwood Crest is the 381st largest community in New Jersey.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Wildwood Crest 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.
Occupations and Workforce
Wildwood Crest is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 91.90% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wildwood Crest is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wildwood Crest who work in management occupations (16.20%), sales jobs (14.20%) and office and administrative support (13.23%).
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Wildwood Crest 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, Wildwood Crest’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
In addition, Wildwood Crest is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Wildwood Crest 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.