Chevy Chase, MD
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Chevy Chase is a very small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 2,989 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Chevy Chase is the 168th largest community in Maryland. Chevy Chase has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Chevy Chase home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Chevy Chase real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Chevy Chase is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 100.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chevy Chase is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chevy Chase who work in management occupations (23.19%), legal occupations (15.28%), and art, media, and design (10.35%).

Of important note, Chevy Chase is also a town of artists. Chevy Chase has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Chevy Chase’s character.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Chevy Chase has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.10% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Chevy Chase is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Chevy Chase is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Chevy Chase 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 town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Chevy Chase has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Chevy Chase’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Chevy Chase, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.08 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite being a small town, Chevy Chase has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Chevy Chase is a pretty powerful place. 93.46% of the adults in Chevy Chase have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Chevy Chase in 2010 was $128,316, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $513,264 for a family of four.

The people who call Chevy Chase home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chevy Chase residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Chevy Chase include German, English, Italian, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Chevy Chase is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.