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Ocean City, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Town of Ocean City had a population of 7,095 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Ocean City is located at latitude 38.3365 and longitude -75.0849 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Ocean City encompass a land area of 4.41 sq. miles and a water area of 4.97 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Ocean City (GNIS ID: 2391341) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Ocean City is located within District 7, Ocean City, a minor civil division (MCD) of Worcester County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ocean City: Sinepuxent Beach, The Ladies Resort to the Ocean.


Ocean City, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 7,095 (100%)
Population in Households 7,077 (99.7%)
Population in Families 4,219 (59.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 18 ( 0.3%)
Population Density 1,566
Diversity Index2 27


Median Household Income $57,603
Average Household Income $88,164
% of Income for Mortgage4 24%
Per Capita Income $48,082
Wealth Index5 116


Total HU (Housing Units) 31,477 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,437 ( 7.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,432 ( 4.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 27,608 (87.7%)
Median Home Value $325,282
Average Home Value $398,420
Housing Affordability Index3 95


Total Households 3,869
Average Household Size 1.83
Family Households 1,744
Average Family Size 2
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.01% -0.52%
Households 0.04% -0.45%
Families -0.22% -0.64%
Median Household Income   0.76%
Per Capita Income   2.04%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.33%


Ocean City, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ocean City to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 163 69th
Population Density # 231 56th
Median Household Income # 392 25th
Housing Affordability Index # 71 14th
Per Capita Income # 132 75th
Diversity Index # 355 32nd

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