Towson is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 59,553 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Towson is the 13th largest community in Maryland.
Towson is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.06% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Towson is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Towson who work in management occupations (12.60%), teaching (10.95%), and sales jobs (10.21%).
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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.55% 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.
In addition, Towson is a college town. There are a lot of students in Towson attending college, and as a result Towson provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Not only is Towson a town with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Towson is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Towson a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Towson use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Towson‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Towson. 65.81% 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 Towson in 2018 was $49,758, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $199,032 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Towson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.