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. Fort Meade has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Fort Meade, where the median household income is $64,518.00.
Fort Meade is a military town: the armed forces employs 30.27% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Public Service and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the town’s largest civilian employers, employing 46.68% and 11.39% 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.
Fort Meade is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Fort Meade enrolled in college, Fort Meade has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Meade spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.48 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Fort Meade citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.09% of adults in Fort Meade have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fort Meade in 2010 was $22,326, which is low income relative to Maryland, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,304 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 13.68% 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.