Joppa, MD
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Joppa is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 16,816 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Joppa is the 58th largest community in Maryland.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Joppa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Joppa is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Joppa who work in sales jobs (11.79%), office and administrative support (11.67%), and management occupations (9.67%).

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

Joppa is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Joppa is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Joppa, the average commute to work is 32.76 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Joppa is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.44% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Joppa in 2010 was $31,507, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,028 for a family of four. However, Joppa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Joppa is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Joppa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Joppa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Joppa include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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