Oak Harbor, WA

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Living in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 23,401 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Oak Harbor is the 46th largest community in Washington.

Oak Harbor is a military town: the armed forces employs 9.54% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Public Service and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 17.37% and 15.39% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Oak Harbor 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In terms of college education, Oak Harbor is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.84% of adults 25 and older in Oak Harbor have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oak Harbor in 2010 was $24,566, which is lower middle income relative to Washington, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,264 for a family of four. However, Oak Harbor contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oak Harbor is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oak Harbor home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Harbor residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Oak Harbor also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.55% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oak Harbor include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Oak Harbor is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.