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What Ocean City town is like for active adults

Ocean City, Maryland (year round population 7,100) is a popular resort and retirement community for active adults who enjoy the beach, fishing, boating and a family oriented setting. This beach community in southeastern Maryland has been a popular family resort since the late 1800’s. In May and June graduating seniors come here by the thousands to celebrate their release from school. In 2001 it was designated an All-America City.

The town offers 11 miles of sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, stretching all the way to Delaware. There is a long boardwalk lined with amusement parks and commercial establishments. Golf has become very important here with more than a dozen golf clubs in the area. There are hotels, motels, homes, and condominiums by the thousands. There are also a number of charitable and fraternal organizations that can be joined. The beach setting guarantees visiting grandchildren will want to come here.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

One of the attractions for active adults 55+ is the ability to live near Maryland's beaches. The average age of the year round residents is 47+, reflecting its popularity as a retirement community.  There are many high rise condos on the beach and active adult communities elsewhere. Many of the latter are golf-oriented. suggests the average home price in late 2014, was just about $240,000. These prices can be somewhat misleading as prices will vary dramatically by location and type of unit.

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What is special about this retirement community

World famous Maryland beaches; "White Marlin Capital of the World"; Ocean City Tennis Center has 9 courts, 6 hard and 3 clay; Eagle's Landing Golf Course is rated in Top 75 Public Courses; 13 Golf Clubs, some with more than 1 course; more than a dozen city parks with all types of facilities; every type of housing is available, and it is easy to rent here

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What is not special about this retirement community
Summer crowds and senior week. You have to want to live in a popular resort town if you choose to live near the beach. The city’s official crime rate is quite high, but this is mostly property crime associated with beach visitors.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Ocean City attracts a community of retirees who want to live in a bustling beach resort, or in an active adults community near one.
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Local economy is driven by
The economy is driven by tourism. The Roland E. Powell Convention Center boasts 45,400 sq. ft. of exhibition space. There are 10,000 hotel rooms and 25,000 ocean or bay view rental condominiums.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Ocean City is located on a barrier spit. The Inlet was formed by a 1933 hurricane and separates Ocean City from Assateague Island. The inlet eventually helped make Ocean City a famous fishing port. The sands and land keep shifting; numerous beach erosion projects have attempted to protect existing buildings from the relentless ocean.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cultural life is very low key. There are frequent concerts on the Beach during the summer. The Ocean City Art League has its home at Little Salisbury Park. Art's Alive, Ocean City's Annual Fine Art Show, is a 2 day annual event.

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The crime rate in Ocean City is very high.
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Medical facilities
Atlantic General Hospital is 10 miles away in Berlin.
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Salisbury-Ocean City Airport is 31 mile and. Atlantic City International is 81 Miles; Ocean City's municipal bus travels along Coastal Highway 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; The Boardwalk Tram runs along the boardwalk; The Trolley travels to the Convention Center; There is a Park and Ride, and disabled patrons can take advantage of the ADA Paratransit Curb-to-Curb Service; Ocean city is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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  • State: MD
  • Environment: Coastal,Boating Community,Golf Community,Resort Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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