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.

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 85.10% 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 (12.12%), office and administrative support (8.57%), and teaching (7.19%).

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.

In Silver Spring, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.89 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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Silver Spring. 54.12% 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 2010 was $40,909, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,636 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 28.15% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Silver Spring include German, Irish, English, Ethiopian, and Italian.

Silver Spring also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 36.96%.

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