Ocean View, DE
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Living in Ocean View


Ocean View is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 2,636 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ocean View is the 23rd largest community in Delaware. Ocean View has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Ocean View, where the median household income is $75,852.00.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ocean View is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ocean View is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocean View who work in sales jobs (20.47%), healthcare (9.75%), and teaching (9.26%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.22% 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 View 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 View’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Because of many things, Ocean View is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Ocean View really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Ocean View perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Ocean View 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 education level of Ocean View ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ocean View, 42.35% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Ocean View in 2018 was $44,210, which is upper middle income relative to Delaware, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $176,840 for a family of four. However, Ocean View contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ocean View home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocean View residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Ocean View include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Ocean View is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.