Oak Harbor, WA

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Living in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 23,565 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Oak Harbor is the 46th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Oak Harbor are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Oak Harbor, employing 9.76% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Public Service industries employ 15.41% and 12.63% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

One of the nice things about Oak Harbor is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The citizens of Oak Harbor are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.60% of adults in Oak Harbor having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oak Harbor in 2018 was $27,856, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,424 for a family of four. However, Oak Harbor contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oak Harbor is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oak Harbor home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Harbor residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Oak Harbor also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oak Harbor include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Oak Harbor is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.