Lanham, MD
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Lanham is a somewhat small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 10,677 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Lanham is the 81st largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in Lanham are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.

Unlike some towns, Lanham isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lanham are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lanham is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lanham who work in office and administrative support (10.78%), sales jobs (10.63%), and management occupations (10.47%).

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

One downside of living in Lanham, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.60 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 Lanham, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Lanham is a relatively small town. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

In terms of college education, Lanham is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.59% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Lanham in 2010 was $28,754, which is lower middle income relative to Maryland, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,016 for a family of four. However, Lanham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lanham is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lanham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lanham residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Lanham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.95% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lanham include German, Sierra Leonean, European, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Lanham's cultural character, accounting for 30.30% of the town’s population.

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