Preston is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 673 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Preston is the 243rd largest community in Maryland. Preston has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Preston is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Preston is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Preston who work in office and administrative support (9.54%), personal care services (8.46%), and art, media, and design (6.94%).
Of important note, Preston is also a town of artists. Preston has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Preston’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Preston telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.83% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Preston 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, Preston’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
Preston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Preston is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Preston, the average commute to work is 30.49 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Preston is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The citizens of Preston are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.04% of adults in Preston having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Preston in 2018 was $29,517, 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 $118,068 for a family of four. However, Preston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Preston is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Preston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Preston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Preston include English, Irish, German, Lebanese, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Preston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.