Silver Spring, MD
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Living in Silver Spring


Silver Spring is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 81,015 people and 63 constituent neighborhoods, Silver Spring is the fifth largest community in Maryland.

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

Silver Spring is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Silver Spring is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Silver Spring who work in management occupations (12.68%), teaching (8.10%), and business and financial occupations (7.46%).

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

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

A relatively large number of people in Silver Spring telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.15% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Another interesting thing about Silver Spring, despite not being a huge town, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In Silver Spring, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.52 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.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Silver Spring. 57.77% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Silver Spring in 2018 was $47,206, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $188,824 for a family of four. However, Silver Spring contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Silver Spring is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Silver Spring home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Silver Spring residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Silver Spring also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.01% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Silver Spring include Irish, Ethiopian, German, English, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Silver Spring's cultural character, accounting for 34.75% of the town’s population.

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