Oak Harbor, WA
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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 22,693 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Oak Harbor is the 46th largest community in Washington.

8.09% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Oak Harbor. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Public Service and Healthcare industries respectively employ 17.98% and 16.37% of the civilian workforce.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oak Harbor spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.45 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Oak Harbor citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.22% of adults in Oak Harbor have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oak Harbor in 2010 was $23,204, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,816 for a family of four. However, Oak Harbor contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oak Harbor is a very 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 12.20% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oak Harbor include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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