Kensington, MD
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Kensington is a very small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 2,330 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 94.63% 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 (21.71%), office and administrative support (9.91%), and teaching (9.69%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Kensington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.89% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Kensington is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Kensington’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Kensington is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Kensington, the average commute to work is 31.46 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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. 77.69% 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 $65,063, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $260,252 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, Russian, and Scots-Irish.

Kensington also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.19%.

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