Fort Washington, MD

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Living in Fort Washington

Fort Washington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 24,931 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Washington is the 46th largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in Fort Washington are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.

Fort Washington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.81% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fort Washington is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Washington who work in management occupations (12.83%), office and administrative support (11.22%), and business and financial occupations (9.87%).

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

One downside of living in Fort Washington, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 42.12 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Fort Washington is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fort Washington area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Fort Washington is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.89% of adults in Fort Washington 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 Fort Washington in 2018 was $45,738, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $182,952 for a family of four.

Fort Washington is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fort Washington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Washington residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by Asian. Fort Washington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.31% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Washington include African, English, German, Nigerian, and Irish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fort Washington's cultural character, accounting for 19.80% of the town’s population.

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