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Ocean Shores, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Ocean Shores had a population of 5,391 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Ocean Shores is located at latitude 46.9692 and longitude -124.1526 in Grays Harbor County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ocean Shores (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.51 sq. miles and a water area of 3.89 sq. miles. Grays Harbor County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 13 feet.

The City of Ocean Shores (GNIS ID: 2411300) 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.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Ocean Shores is located within Ocean Shores Division of Grays Harbor County.

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

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Ocean Shores, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,391
Population in Households 5,387
Population in Familes 3,961
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density1 634
Diversity Index2 27


Total Households 2,599
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 1,580
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,758 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,896 (39.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 703 (14.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,159 (45.4%)
Median Home Value $185,328
Average Home Value $221,363


Median Household Income $51,592
Average Household Income $62,857
Per Capita Income $30,310
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.52% -0.41%
Households -0.65% -0.51%
Families -0.76% -0.56%
Median Household Income   1.52%
Per Capita Income   1.56%
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 Shores, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ocean Shores to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington 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 # 184 71st
Population Density1 # 384 39th
Diversity Index2 # 417 34th
Median Household Income # 353 44th
Per Capita Income # 227 64th

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