Takoma Park, MD
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Takoma Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 17,713 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 88.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Takoma Park is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Takoma Park who work in management occupations (11.72%), teaching (9.02%), and office and administrative support (8.74%).

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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.46% 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 downside of living in Takoma Park, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.23 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

Even though Takoma Park is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Takoma Park is a pretty powerful place. 56.73% 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 $42,821, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $171,284 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 13.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Takoma Park include Irish, English, Ethiopian, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Takoma Park's cultural character, accounting for 30.26% of the city’s population.

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