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 (22.33%), personal care services (18.14%), and office and administrative support (15.81%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Ocean Park telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.84% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Ocean Park has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Ocean Park a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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

Being a small town, Ocean Park does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The overall education level of Ocean Park is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.38% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ocean Park in 2010 was $17,632, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,528 for a family of four. Ocean Park also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.42% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 Irish, English, Swedish, and Norwegian.

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

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