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 11,364 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 11,364
Daytime Population: Workers 6,630
Daytime Population: Residents 4,590
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,220
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.99
Population in Households 11,301
Population in Familes 8,028
Population in Group Qrtrs 63
Population Density2 1,793
Diversity Index3 30


Median Household Income $59,226
Average Household Income $94,128
Per Capita Income $47,156


Total Housing Units 21,300 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,312 (15.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,377 (11.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 15,611 (73.3%)
Median Home Value $612,893
Average Home Value $660,583


Total Households 5,689
Average Household Size 1.99
Family Households 2,969
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.4% -0.6%
Households -0.48% -0.64%
Families -0.54% -0.66%
Median Household Income   1.46%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

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, 2017 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 # 122 78th
Population Density # 349 36th
Diversity Index # 362 34th
Median Household Income # 412 25th
Per Capita Income # 159 71st

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