College Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 32,163 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (17.24%), office and administrative support (9.31%), and food service (7.84%).
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.
College Park is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in College Park have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. College Park’s economy is one such example of this.
College Park, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
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 education level of College Park ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in College Park, 46.64% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in College Park in 2018 was $22,844, 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 $91,376 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 14.25% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in College Park include German, Irish, European, Italian, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of College Park's cultural character, accounting for 23.52% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in College Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.