Towson is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 56,698 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Towson is the 13th largest community in Maryland.
Housing costs in Towson 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.
Towson is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.83% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Towson is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Towson who work in management occupations (14.23%), sales jobs (12.90%), and office and administrative support (11.33%).
Of important note, Towson is also a town of artists. Towson has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Towson’s character.
Also of interest is that Towson has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.36% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Towson is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Towson enrolled in college, Towson has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Towson is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Towson, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Towson, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Towson is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.89% 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 Towson in 2010 was $40,235, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $160,940 for a family of four. However, Towson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Towson is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Towson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Towson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Towson include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Towson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.