Damascus, MD
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Living in Damascus


Damascus is a medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 16,100 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Damascus is the 63rd largest community in Maryland.

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

Damascus is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Damascus is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Damascus who work in management occupations (15.88%), office and administrative support (13.27%), and sales jobs (9.56%).

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

Because of many things, Damascus is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Damascus really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Damascus perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Damascus, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.54 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Damascus is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Damascus is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.47% of adults in Damascus 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 Damascus in 2010 was $42,196, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $168,784 for a family of four.

Damascus is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Damascus home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Damascus residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Damascus also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.52% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Damascus include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Damascus is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.