Fort Meade, MD


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Fort Meade is a somewhat small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 9,738 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Fort Meade is the 84th largest community in Maryland. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Fort Meade, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Fort Meade, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Fort Meade’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Fort Meade does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $61,462.00.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Fort Meade, employing 30.48% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Public Service and Healthcare industries employ 45.41% and 13.55% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

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

Of important note, Fort Meade is also a town of artists. Fort Meade has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fort Meade’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.11% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Fort Meade, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Fort Meade provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.35 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Fort Meade is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.19% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fort Meade in 2010 was $21,263, 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 $85,052 for a family of four. However, Fort Meade contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fort Meade is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fort Meade home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Meade residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Meade also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.63% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Meade include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Fort Meade is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.