Greenbelt is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 23,909 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Greenbelt is the 48th largest community in Maryland.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Greenbelt is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.72%), teaching (9.51%), and computer science and math (8.26%).
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.79 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 city are by private automobile, Greenbelt is somewhat unusual for a city 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 Greenbelt area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Greenbelt are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.44% 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 $33,310, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,240 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 15.56% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Greenbelt include African, Irish, Nigerian, and English.
Greenbelt also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.23%.
The most common language spoken in Greenbelt is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.