Introduction to Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester county, is 79 miles S ofVineland, New Jersey and 106 miles SE ofBaltimore, MarylandThe town’s population is 7,173.

Ocean City History

The earliest settlements began in this area in 1869, with Isaac Coffin, a businessman, building the first boarding house in the area to accomodate paying guests. During those times, people often visited the area to fish on the shore, collect sea shells, or simply to spend some relaxing time on the beach. Others slowly came in large numbers attracted by this barrier Island, and built hotels and resorts. Before 1870, the area was known as "The Ladies' Resort to the Ocean". Ocean City is in Worcester County, which was occupied by the Eastern Shore Virginians during the last part of the 17th century.

Ocean City and nearby Attractions

  • Life-Saving Station Museum
  • Poplar Hill Mansion
  • Assateague State Park
  • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
  • Assateague Island National Seashore

Things To Do In Ocean City

A number of Museums are located in and around Ocean City, including the Calvin B Taylor House Museum, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum. Local parks include the Bayside North Park, the Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Sunset Park.

Ocean City Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Atlantic City International Airport.

Ocean City Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Delaware Technical and Community College, Salisbury State University, the University of Maryland- Eastern Shore and Delaware State University.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ocean City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles SE of Baltimore, Maryland
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 21842
P.O. Box Zip Codes 21843
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.336
Longitude -75.085

Ocean City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SNOW HILL 4 N
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 68 to 84 F
Oct Temp 51 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43 inches
Distance 28.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ocean City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Ocean City (21842)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berlin 4,520 $68,158
Pittsville 1,426 $52,708
Snow Hill 2,343 $50,313
Willards 999 $52,361

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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