College Park, MD
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College Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 32,275 people and six constituent neighborhoods, College Park is the 36th largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in College Park 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.

College Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, College Park is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in College Park who work in teaching (16.53%), office and administrative support (10.93%), and management occupations (7.90%).

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

In addition, College Park is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local College Park culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. College Park really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In College Park every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and College Park. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. College Park benefits directly from this.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in College Park use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of College Park‘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.

College Park is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.34% of adults in College Park 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 College Park in 2010 was $20,799, which is low income relative to Maryland, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,196 for a family of four. However, College Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

College Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call College Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of College Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. College Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in College Park include Irish, Italian, European, and Polish.

In addition, College Park has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.05%).

The most common language spoken in College Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.