Towson, MD
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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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Towson 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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Towson area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Towson is a pretty powerful place. 61.89% of the adults in Towson 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 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.