University Park is a very small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 2,653 people and just one neighborhood, University Park is the 177th largest community in Maryland.
Real Estate Prices
University Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but University Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
University Park is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, University Park is a town of professionals, managers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in University Park who work in teaching (22.10%), computer science and math (11.44%) and management occupations (10.50%).
Also of interest is that University Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, University Park is also a town of artists. University Park has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape University Park’s character.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that University Park has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.04% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, University Park is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
University Park is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, University Park’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In University Park, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.59 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. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Despite being a small town, University Park has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.