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.

Because College Park has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local College Park lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in College Park is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In College Park people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

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

The citizens of College Park are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.34% of adults in College Park 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 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of College Park's cultural character, accounting for 23.05% of the city’s population.

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