Bowie, MD
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Bowie is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 58,025 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Bowie is the 14th largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in Bowie 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 Maryland.

Bowie is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bowie is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bowie who work in management occupations (16.13%), office and administrative support (13.43%), and computer science and math (8.32%).

Also of interest is that Bowie has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Bowie is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bowie’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Bowie is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bowie, the average commute to work is 36.25 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bowie use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bowie‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Bowie is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.83% of adults in Bowie have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Bowie in 2010 was $43,171, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $172,684 for a family of four.

Bowie is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bowie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bowie residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bowie include Irish, English, Italian, and African.

The most common language spoken in Bowie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.