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Ocean Shores, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Ocean Shores had a population of 5,305 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Ocean Shores, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,305
Daytime Population: Workers 1,505
Daytime Population: Residents 3,522
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,027
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.95
Population in Households 5,301
Population in Familes 3,890
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 624
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $54,508
Average Household Income $66,761
Per Capita Income $32,198


Total Housing Units 4,758 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,866 (39.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 693 (14.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,199 (46.2%)
Median Home Value $185,855
Average Home Value $221,733


Total Households 2,559
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 1,557
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 -0.67% -0.14%
Households -0.77% -0.24%
Families -0.85% -0.28%
Median Household Income   3.97%
Per Capita Income   3.63%

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, 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 # 186 70th
Population Density # 390 38th
Diversity Index # 416 34th
Median Household Income # 344 45th
Per Capita Income # 223 65th

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