Salisbury is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 32,899 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Salisbury is the 37th largest community in Maryland.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Salisbury is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salisbury is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Salisbury who work in office and administrative support (12.10%), sales jobs (10.56%), and food service (9.32%).
In addition, Salisbury is a college town. There are a lot of students in Salisbury attending college, and as a result Salisbury provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Salisbury 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.
In terms of college education, Salisbury is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.78% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Salisbury in 2010 was $21,763, which is low income relative to Maryland, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,052 for a family of four. However, Salisbury contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Salisbury also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.72% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Salisbury is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salisbury home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Salisbury residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Salisbury include English, German, Italian, and Haitian.
The most common language spoken in Salisbury is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.