Ocean City, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ocean City, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Ocean City had a population of 11,656 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Ocean City is located at latitude 39.2637 and longitude -74.6079 in Cape May County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ocean City (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.34 sq. miles and a water area of 4.46 sq. miles. Cape May County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The City of Ocean City (GNIS ID: 885332) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ocean City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ocean City: New Brighton, Pecks Beach, Peck's Beach, Peter's Beach, Pet's Beach.

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Ocean City, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 11,656
Population in Households 11,592
Population in Familes 8,222
Population in Group Qrtrs 64
Population Density1 1,839
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 5,865
Average Household Size 1.98
Family Households 3,063
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 21,132 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,454 (16.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,411 (11.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 15,267 (72.2%)
Median Home Value $620,012
Average Home Value $658,157


Median Household Income $57,402
Average Household Income $91,871
Per Capita Income $46,260
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.06% -0.12%
Households -0.07% -0.14%
Families -0.12% -0.17%
Median Household Income   -1.24%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ocean City, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ocean City to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 115 79th
Population Density1 # 344 37th
Diversity Index2 # 369 33rd
Median Household Income # 417 24th
Per Capita Income # 156 72nd

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