Ocean Shores is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 5,628 people and just one neighborhood, Ocean Shores is the 124th largest community in Washington.
Occupations and Workforce
Ocean Shores is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ocean Shores is a city of service providers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Shores who work in teaching (12.89%), food service (12.44%) and sales jobs (10.82%).
Also of interest is that Ocean Shores has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.11% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Ocean Shores is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’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.
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ocean Shores has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ocean Shores has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ocean Shores than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ocean Shores may be for you.
Ocean Shores 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 city, Ocean Shores doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.