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 89.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, College Park is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in College Park who work in teaching (15.50%), office and administrative support (12.99%), and sales jobs (9.64%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, College Park is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the College Park area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of College Park ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in College Park, 49.45% 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 2010 was $18,058, 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 $72,232 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 10.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in College Park include Irish, Italian, English, and European.

In addition, College Park has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.08%).

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