Kensington, MD
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Kensington is a very small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 2,379 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Kensington is the 183rd largest community in Maryland.

Kensington home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Kensington real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Kensington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kensington is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kensington who work in management occupations (20.19%), office and administrative support (10.78%), and teaching (9.71%).

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

Of important note, Kensington is also a town of artists. Kensington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Kensington’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.43% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Kensington is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

One downside of living in Kensington, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.47 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.

In Kensington, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Kensington is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Kensington. 76.01% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Kensington in 2010 was $63,829, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $255,316 for a family of four.

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

Kensington also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.99%.

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