Silver Spring, MD
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Living in Silver Spring


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.

Housing costs in Silver Spring are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.

Silver Spring is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.47% 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 (11.95%), office and administrative support (8.22%), and teaching (7.77%).

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.

One thing that you will notice about Silver Spring is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Silver Spring a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One downside of living in Silver Spring, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.06 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Silver Spring use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Silver Spring‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Silver Spring. 55.73% 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 Silver Spring in 2018 was $42,773, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $171,092 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 25.81% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Silver Spring include German, Irish, Ethiopian, English, and African.

In addition, Silver Spring has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.91%).

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