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Overview
Population:96,987
Pop. Change:-3%
State: New Jersey
Metro Area:Ocean City Metro Area
County:Cape May
City:Lower Township, Middle Township, ... 25 total
Zip Code:08204, 08210, ... 15 total
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Ocean City's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
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Ocean City Metro Area

Profile: Beach resort town

Location: Southeastern New Jersey,10 miles south of Atlantic City

Elevation: 19

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

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Pleasant summers Cost of living
Calm ambienceTourist impact
Beach areasDependence on tourism

Ocean City is just south of the bustling and quite-different Atlantic City and has been an established family-oriented resort and tourist destination for years. Unlike Atlantic City, it isn’t on the national and international radar but is mostly enjoyed by vacationers from nearby East Coast cities, the nearest of which is Philadelphia.

Ocean City itself sits on an easily-accessed barrier island and has a waterfront boardwalk characteristic of the region. Boating, beach and water activities dominate, and music and live entertainment is usually readily available. It has resisted the development of ugly sprawl, high-rise buildings, and in-your-face beach tourism common in many other so-called “beach towns.” Cost of living and especially housing are high but not unreasonable for a coastal area. In keeping with the low-growth character of the area, future job growth is fairly weak while current employment is healthy.

Surrounding terrain is mainly treeless and sandy near the shore, with numerous tidal marshes. Most vegetation consists of grass and low underbrush, transitioning to farmland and some wooded areas away from shore. For the region, the year-round climate is quite pleasant, with Atlantic waters moderating both summer heat and winter cold. Sea breezes keep summer morning and afternoon temperatures in the 80’s. Precipitation is evenly distributed through the year, but there is some hurricane and tropical storm risk in late summer and fall. “Noreasters” traveling up the coast can bring heavy rain all seasons and some snow. Snow accumulations are far more likely inland. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.

Interesting Facts about the Ocean_City, New Jersey Metro Area

As of 2014, Ocean City Metro Area's population is 96,987 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -2.74 percent.

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The median home cost in Ocean City Metro Area is $309,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.30 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Ocean City Metro Area's cost of living is 34.00% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Ocean City Metro Area public schools spend $22,270 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 10.3 students per teacher in Ocean City Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Ocean City Metro Area is 11.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ocean City Metro Area jobs have Increased by 5.03 percent.


Ranked #4 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Large Metro Areas)
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Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Ocean City Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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