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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Ocean Shores is a town in Washington with a population of 5,814. Ocean Shores is in Grays Harbor County. Living in Ocean Shores offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ocean Shores there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Ocean Shores and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$219,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,011
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Ocean Shores Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    117.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    702.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,238.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    66.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    2%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    7%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    25%
  • 65+ years
    36%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    44%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Ocean Shores

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,641
National
$55,322

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Ocean Shores Reviews

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We love it here! Nice small town with strong sense of community. Safe, clean, friendly, roads well maintained, plenty of things to do, yet nice and quiet. Summer time weekends get a bit over busy but nice to see the visitors and then embrace the quiet times when they all leave.

May not be for all - everyone should really evaluate all things before considering moving here. Probably not ideal for younger people living, or older people with support needs. We are in our 50's and 60', healthy & active - it's perfect for us. For us it really is the best of all world's.

Small area but a real difference between east side, west side, jetty area or near marina - something different for everyone. Oceanfront, wooded, lake front or bay front - each a real difference in their own way.

Living here allows to detach from all the external crap and breath fresh air in a moderate climate. Lots are small if you are looking for elbow room, homes can be fairly close together.
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I like the lower taxes. Bought here 3 years ago because we were able to get a bigger house for less $$. Nearest Costco is 80 miles away. I'm retired, but now my spouse passed away so that changes things. I miss shopping. A decent grocery store with better prices than the dumpy IGA that's here. No doctor's, no dentists, no hospital. Poor healthcare is still a 30 minute drive. I'm just not sure I want to stay here. Decent place for anything is in Olympia, 1 hour and 20 minutes away. Restaurants here just don't impress me. We used to head south for the winters but now I probably will not do that alone. One pharmacy that doesn't go the extra mile for you. Summer traffic here is awful. Full of RV's, trailers, and kids. They all litter the beaches and don't pick up after themselves. If you can handle all that, come on down!
Moved from the Seattle area to Ocean Shores and glad we made the change. We work remote and wanted to get away from the city to be around nature. We chose OS primarily because of the miles of walkable beaches, fresh water lakes/canals, lower traffic/density and affordability. There is a great home town feel where people look out for one another. We had not experienced that in any of the areas we lived previous.

Other important criteria were high-speed internet, restaurants, entertainment and accessibility to healthy food. While certainly not like living in an urban area, we find we have everything we want or it is a short drive to get. We still go into the city to see friends, family, concerts or Dr's, but it is always nice to come back to OS.

Lastly, as for the weather, it is much better than we thought it would be. When it rains, it rains! Not like Seattle where you have days upon days of drizzle. Rain storms blow in and out quickly. Temperatures are also much more moderate.