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.

Because of many things, Olney is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Olney really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Olney perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Olney, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.27 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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Olney. 61.78% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.