West Ocean City, MD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Ocean City, Maryland - Basic Facts

The West Ocean City Census Designated Place had a population of 4,438 as of July 1, 2017. West Ocean City ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maryland. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Ocean City is located at latitude 38.3473 and longitude -75.1112 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the West Ocean City Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.78 sq. miles and a water area of 2.84 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The West Ocean City Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2390485) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The West Ocean City Census Designated Place is located within District 3, Sinepuxent, a minor civil division (MCD) of Worcester County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West 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.

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West Ocean City, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,438
Daytime Population: Workers 2,922
Daytime Population: Residents 2,014
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,936
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 4,417
Population in Familes 3,530
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density2 1,175
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $70,587
Average Household Income $92,332
Per Capita Income $38,208


Total Housing Units 2,937 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,458 (49.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 381 (13.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,098 (37.4%)
Median Home Value $338,338
Average Home Value $407,802


Total Households 1,839
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 1,226
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 0.2% -0.02%
Households 0.09% -0.04%
Families -0.01% -0.15%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   2.31%

West Ocean City, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Ocean City to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland 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 # 207 60th
Population Density # 277 47th
Diversity Index # 397 23rd
Median Household Income # 243 53rd
Per Capita Income # 177 66th

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