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 96.64% 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 (21.08%), teaching (10.87%), and sales jobs (9.30%).

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.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Kensington has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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 7.87% 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 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.

In Kensington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.72 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.

Even though Kensington is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Kensington, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Kensington is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 77.45% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Kensington in 2010 was $63,415, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $253,660 for a family of four.

Kensington is a somewhat 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kensington include German, English, Russian, and Italian.

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