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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Olney a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Olney has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Olney’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Olney is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Olney, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.

Olney also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.80%.

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