Olney, MD
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Olney is a medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 35,713 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Olney is the 27th largest community in Maryland.

Olney home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Olney real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Olney is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Olney is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olney who work in management occupations (15.65%), office and administrative support (12.16%), and teaching (10.05%).

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

Olney 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, Olney’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Olney, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.27 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Olney is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Olney area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Olney is a pretty powerful place. 61.78% of the adults in Olney 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 Olney in 2010 was $50,780, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $203,120 for a family of four.

Olney is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Olney home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Olney residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Olney also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.04% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Olney include German, English, Italian, and Polish.

In addition, Olney has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.80%).

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