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Approximately how many people visit Ocean City every year? What is your (the Insiders) favorite time of year to visit? 
Submitted by Lisa B, Ocean City, Maryland January 8, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

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The total number of visitors is estimated 8,000,000 per year with up to 320,000 to 350,000 people in town on weekends in the summer. The number of visitors can vary quite a bit year to year, often based on how often rain is predicted for weekends in the summer. You can get some great OC stats here.

My favorite time of year is September, right after Labor Day. Almost everything is still open, the beach and water are warm (and guarded) and the crowds and prices are down!


Ocean City, MD

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 10, 2019

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Millions of people each year and hundreds of thousands of people every weekend during the summer! Needless to say, it can get a little crowded. I live here full-time, so I get to enjoy both ends of the spectrum. My favorite time of the year though is easily September/October because it is often hot enough to still enjoy the beach and the water without the large crowds. But whatever time you choose to visit, the Insiders will help make sure you make the most out of it! 


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

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I do not have exact number either, but I do know Ocean City becomes the third most populated city in Maryland from June to August.  During the rest of the year, I believe it is somewhere around the 25th most populated city.  

My favorite time is the summer.  July and August are my favorite months, with May and June very close.  I love laying on the beach and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean!


Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

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Hey Lisa, I'd say OC has over thousands of different people that visit each year.  My favorite time of the year is the end of June or August when i usually come to visit. I love OC and i'll also go no matter how old i get.


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 8, 2019

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Anytime in Ocean City is best but I tend to favor July for warm waters of the ocean and the hot sun.

During peak summer months Ocean City is the second most populated city in Maryland behind Baltimore.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 8, 2019

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July and August are the busiest times of the year for tourism in OC with 86% occupancy in 2018. As for actual numbers, it's in the hundreds of thousands I'm sure.  As for my personal favorite time of year, it's usually the last week of August and the first few weeks of September. But any time of  year is a great time to visit depending on what you want to do.  You can find a schedule of events year round for Ocean City at http://www.ococean.com/events .