Silver Spring, MD
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Silver Spring is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 75,398 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Silver Spring is the fourth 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.

Silver Spring is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.83% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Silver Spring is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Silver Spring who work in management occupations (11.56%), office and administrative support (9.05%), and teaching (8.08%).

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.

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.

In Silver Spring, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.29 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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

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 53.84% 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 2010 was $38,698, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,792 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 28.81% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Silver Spring include Irish, English, Ethiopian, and African.

In addition, Silver Spring has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (37.42%).

The most common language spoken in Silver Spring is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.