Greenbelt, MD
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Greenbelt is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 23,489 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Greenbelt is the 48th largest community in Maryland.

Greenbelt is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Greenbelt, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

In Greenbelt, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.79 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.

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 education level of Greenbelt ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Greenbelt, 43.44% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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 German, African, Irish, Nigerian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Greenbelt's cultural character, accounting for 30.23% of the city’s population.

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