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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.89% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In Kensington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.46 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.

Despite being a small town, Kensington has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Kensington is a pretty powerful place. 77.69% of the adults in Kensington have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Kensington's cultural character, accounting for 17.19% of the town’s population.

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