Ocean Park, WA


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Ocean Park is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 1,557 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ocean Park is the 208th largest community in Washington.

Ocean Park is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ocean Park is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Park who work in sales jobs (29.73%), personal care services (12.43%), and office and administrative support (7.57%).

Of important note, Ocean Park is also a town of artists. Ocean Park has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ocean Park’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.19% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Ocean Park is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’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, Ocean Park’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Ocean Park is worth considering.

Ocean Park 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.

As is often the case in a small town, Ocean Park doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Ocean Park are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.98% of adults in Ocean Park having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ocean Park in 2010 was $19,282, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,128 for a family of four.

The people who call Ocean Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean Park residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Ocean Park include English, Irish, Swedish, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Ocean Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Japanese.

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