Damascus, MD
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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 88.85% 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 (14.71%), office and administrative support (12.33%), and teaching (10.26%).

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.

Damascus is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Damascus’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Damascus, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.06 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.

The education level of Damascus ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Damascus, 47.95% 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 Damascus in 2010 was $41,773, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $167,092 for a family of four. However, Damascus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 12.10% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Damascus include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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