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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Damascus a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Damascus has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Damascus’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Damascus, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.54 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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 citizens of Damascus are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.47% of adults in Damascus 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 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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