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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Oak Harbor, employing 9.84% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Public Service and Healthcare industries employ 16.72% and 15.81% 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.
The population of Oak Harbor overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Oak Harbor, 22.20% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Oak Harbor in 2010 was $25,860, 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 $103,440 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 14.40% 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.