Silver Spring, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

Introduction to Silver Spring, Maryland

Silver Spring is a large unincorporated municipality located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Lying only 7 miles north of Washington, D.C., Silver Spring is a major business hub which is also not far from Baltimore (35 miles to the northeast). The community got its name from an 1840 discovery of a spring flowing with chips of mica, located in what is now the Acorn Park section of downtown Silver Spring. Francis Preston Blair, advisor to President Andrew Jackson and the first United States Postmaster General, made the discovery two years before constructing a twenty-room mansion as a summer home which he dubbed Silver Spring. Although never incorporated, Silver Spring stands today as one of the most important business and residential centers in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Points of Interest in Silver Spring

Acorn Park, site of the original silver spring, is now an historical treasure, as is Jesup Blair Park, former home of Francis Preston Blair's daughter Violet. Brookside Gardens and Nature Center is a 50-acre park attractive to nature lovers, gardeners, or anyone looking for a beautiful site to hold a special event. The National Capital Trolley Museum, located just 10 miles north of downtown Silver Spring, celebrates the heritage of electric street trolleys and old railway trains. The George Meany Memorial Archives contains historical records of the AFL/CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) and features exhibits chronicling the history of unions and the labor movement. Silver Spring is also home to the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Culture Center, a site which showcases American and foreign films. Also located in Silver Spring is the World Headquarters of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a large complex with visitor's center, tours, and presentations. Art lovers will appreciate the Gudelsky Gallery, an intimate gallery featuring works of local artists.

Washington, D.C. has a multitude of world class attractions of its own, only minutes away from Silver Spring. A few of these are:

  • The Washington Monument
  • United States Capitol
  • The White House
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Library Of Congress
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Woodrow Wilson House Museum
  • Ford's Theatre
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Capital Children's Museum
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum
  • The National Zoo
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Washington Opera
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Sports fans have their choice of enjoying major-league pro teams minutes away in Washington or a half-hour away in Baltimore. These teams include:

  • Major League Baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals
  • National Football League: Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins
  • National Hockey League: Washington Capitals
  • Basketball: Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA), Baltimore Pearls (ABA)
  • Soccer: DC United (Washington's MLS team), Baltimore Blast (MISL)
  • Major League Lacrosse: Baltimore Bayhawks

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High Points

Silver Spring strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maryland):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Silver Spring Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Silver Spring Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Silver Spring College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Silver Spring Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Silver Spring Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Silver Spring, Maryland

Comparing Silver Spring to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maryland (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 6
Female Share of the Population 6 4
Male Share of the Population 5 7
Age of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 5
Portion of People Married 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
People Above Poverty 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 7 7
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Affordability of Rents 3 3
Housing Recently Built 3 5

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Silver Spring Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles N of Washington, District of Columbia
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 20901, 20902, 20903, 20904, 20905, 20906, 20910, 20912
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20907, 20908, 20911, 20913, 20914, 20915, 20916, 20918
Company Zip Codes 20993, 20997
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.99
Longitude -77.026

Silver Spring Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43 inches
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Silver Spring Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 76,540 100%
Male 36,964 48.3%
Female 39,576 51.7%
Under 18 17,567 23%
18+ 58,973 77%
65+ 7,355 9.6%
Median Age 34.2
Average Family Size 3.21
White 35,678 46.6%
African-American 21,482 28.1%
Asian 6,293 8.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 338 0.4%
Other 8,844 11.6%
Mixed Race 3,857 5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 17,004 22.2%

Silver Spring Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.1%
Irish 6.8%
German 5.6%
English 4.7%
African 3%
Italian 2.6%
US/American 2.6%
Ethiopian 2.4%
Polish 1.9%
Russian 1.8%
Jamaican 1.6%
European 1.5%
Nigerian 1.2%
Scottish 1.2%
Haitian 1.1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Eastern European 0.8%
Other Subsaharan African 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
British 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Guyanese 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Sierra Leonean 0.2%
Liberian 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
West Indian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Silver Spring, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Glenmont (20906)
Leisure World (20906)
Norbeck (20906)
Wheaton (20902, 20906, 20915)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Silver Spring 76,540 $60,631
Bethesda 55,277 $130,160
Chevy Chase 2,726 $167,790
Kensington 1,873 $96,394
Somerset 1,124 $149,057
Takoma Park 17,299 $63,434
University Park 2,318 $96,349

Silver Spring Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(301) 754-7010
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Silver Spring

(As of 2005)
Burnt Mills Shopping Center
10731 Colesville Road
12056 Cherry Hill Road
915 Ellsworth Drive
Leisure World
3850 International Drive
Safeway-Silver Spring
15449 New Hampshire Ave.
8399 Colesville Road
White Oak
11201 New Hamphire Avenue
10103 Colesville Rd
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Silver Spring High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 3,293 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

Serves 2,004 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

Serves 1,831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

Serves 1,572 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

Serves 1,532 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

Serves 1,180 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

A Non-traditional School
Serves 115 students.

A Vocational School

A Special Education School

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1. Greenbelt, Maryland 91.9   34.9% 6.7% 44.9% 34 $55,671 6.9% 60.3% 21,456 10.2% 62.6 0.3% 8
2. Renton, Washington 88.5   34.2% 10.2% 27.8% 29 $55,747 7% 31.9% 50,052 9.7% 96 0.4% 4.9
3. Laurel, Maryland 86.6   37.3% 6.7% 36.2% 35 $58,552 6.8% 47.8% 19,960 6.4% 52.4 0.3% 10.1
4. Kent, Washington 85.2   28.5% 7.3% 24% 30 $52,274 8.4% 29.2% 79,524 11.6% 61 0.3% 5.1
5. Smyrna, Georgia 84.2   38% 8.3% 40.3% 30 $53,821 6.9% 40.6% 40,999 8.9% 51.4 0.4% 5.1
6. Aurora, Colorado 81.4   27.4% 7.4% 24.6% 28 $52,551 8.1% 31.1% 276,393 8.9% 54.8 0.2% 6.4
7. McDonough, Georgia 77.3   27.1% 12.1% 20.9% 31 $46,818 8.7% 38.6% 8,493 12.8% 109 0.3% 15.7
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