West Ocean City, Maryland

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West Ocean City, Maryland
Location of West Ocean City, Maryland
Location of West Ocean City, Maryland
West Ocean City is located in Maryland
West Ocean City
West Ocean City
West Ocean City is located in the US
West Ocean City
West Ocean City
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 38°20′6″N 75°6′45″W / 38.33500°N 75.11250°W / 38.33500; -75.11250Coordinates: 38°20′6″N 75°6′45″W / 38.33500°N 75.11250°W / 38.33500; -75.11250
Country United States
State Maryland
County Worcester
 • Total 6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Land 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Water 2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,311
 • Density 822.4/sq mi (317.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21842
Area code(s) 410, 443
FIPS code 24-83225
GNIS feature ID 0591524

West Ocean City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 3,311 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.


West Ocean City is located at 38°20′6″N 75°6′45″W / 38.33500°N 75.11250°W / 38.33500; -75.11250 (38.335010, -75.112474).[1] It is located across the Sinepuxent Bay from Ocean City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which, 4.0 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) of it (39.22%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, West Ocean City has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,311 people, 1,425 households, and 967 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 822.4 people per square mile (317.2/km²). There were 2,075 housing units at an average density of 515.4/sq mi (198.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.04% White, 1.60% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 1,425 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,279, and the median income for a family was $51,111. Males had a median income of $30,444 versus $27,222 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,132. About 3.0% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.


West Ocean City is located along U.S. Route 50 across the Harry W. Kelley Memorial Bridge over the Sinepuxent Bay from the beach resort town of Ocean City. The area is home to fishing charters, boating, marinas, and the Tanger Outlets Ocean City.[4]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for West Ocean City, Maryland
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Ocean City Maps". Ocean City, Maryland - Tourism. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 

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