Germantown, MD
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Germantown is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 91,167 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Germantown is the third largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in Germantown 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.

Germantown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Germantown is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Germantown who work in management occupations (14.81%), office and administrative support (12.84%), and sales jobs (8.79%).

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

In Germantown, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.44 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Germantown use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Germantown‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Germantown are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.90% of adults in Germantown 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 Germantown in 2010 was $36,755, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,020 for a family of four. However, Germantown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Germantown is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Germantown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Germantown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Germantown also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.57% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Germantown include Irish, English, African, and Italian.

In addition, Germantown has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (36.91%).

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