Silver Spring is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 81,015 people and 63 constituent neighborhoods, Silver Spring is the fifth largest community in Maryland.
Silver Spring home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Silver Spring real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Also of interest is that Silver Spring has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Silver Spring has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Silver Spring is also a town of artists. Silver Spring has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Silver Spring’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.55% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
One thing noticeable about Silver Spring, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Silver Spring is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Silver Spring a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One downside of living in Silver Spring is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Silver Spring, the average commute to work is 35.04 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Silver Spring, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Silver Spring is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 58.58% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Silver Spring in 2018 was $49,261, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $197,044 for a family of four. However, Silver Spring contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Silver Spring is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Silver Spring home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Silver Spring residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Silver Spring also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.60% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Silver Spring include Irish, Ethiopian, German, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Silver Spring's cultural character, accounting for 34.49% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Silver Spring is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.