Mount Rainier is a somewhat small city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 8,475 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Mount Rainier is the 96th largest community in Maryland.
Housing costs in Mount Rainier 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 cities, Mount Rainier isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mount Rainier are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mount Rainier is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Rainier who work in office and administrative support (12.14%), food service (10.06%), and management occupations (7.47%).
In Mount Rainier, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.08 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. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Even though Mount Rainier is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The overall education level of Mount Rainier is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.03% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Mount Rainier in 2010 was $24,510, which is lower middle income relative to Maryland, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,040 for a family of four. However, Mount Rainier contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Mount Rainier is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mount Rainier home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mount Rainier residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Mount Rainier also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Rainier include African, German, English, and Jamaican.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Mount Rainier's cultural character, accounting for 36.87% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Mount Rainier is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.