Greenbelt, MD
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Greenbelt is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 24,272 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Greenbelt is the 48th largest community in Maryland.

Unlike some cities, Greenbelt isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Greenbelt are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Greenbelt is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Greenbelt who work in office and administrative support (13.83%), teaching (10.67%), and sales jobs (8.32%).

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

One downside of living in Greenbelt is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Greenbelt, the average commute to work is 33.96 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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

The citizens of Greenbelt are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.63% of adults in Greenbelt 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 Greenbelt in 2010 was $31,963, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,852 for a family of four. However, Greenbelt contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Greenbelt is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Greenbelt home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Greenbelt residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Greenbelt also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Greenbelt include Irish, African, English, and Nigerian.

In addition, Greenbelt has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.32%).

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