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 88.91% 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 (15.67%), office and administrative support (13.28%), and computer science and math (8.22%).

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.

Because of many things, Bowie is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Bowie a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Bowie has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Bowie’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Bowie, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.92 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Bowie is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Bowie, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Bowie are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.99% of adults in Bowie have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bowie in 2010 was $42,544, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,176 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.