Takoma Park, MD
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Living in Takoma Park


Takoma Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 17,765 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Takoma Park is the 57th largest community in Maryland.

Takoma Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Takoma Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Takoma Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Takoma Park is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Takoma Park who work in management occupations (11.18%), teaching (9.10%), and office and administrative support (8.84%).

Of important note, Takoma Park is also a city of artists. Takoma Park has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Takoma Park’s character.

Also of interest is that Takoma Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Takoma Park is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Takoma Park, the average commute to work is 38.27 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

In Takoma Park, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Takoma Park is a relatively small city. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Takoma Park is a pretty powerful place. 54.15% of the adults in Takoma Park have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Takoma Park in 2010 was $41,141, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $164,564 for a family of four. However, Takoma Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Takoma Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Takoma Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Takoma Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Takoma Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Takoma Park include Irish, Ethiopian, English, and African.

Takoma Park also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.42%.

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