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Overview

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

People

Total Population 77,460
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 8.8%
Employed Population 16+ 44,103
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53.8%
Median Earnings25+ $44,250
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,624
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,565

Wealth

Median Family Income $84,296
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 29.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $1,474
Median House Value $454,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.2%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLLEGE PARK
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
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
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
Station ROCKVILLE 1 NE
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Bethesda 62,102 $200,053
Chevy Chase 2,927 $250
Kensington 1,990 $171,667
Somerset 1,215 $250
Takoma Park 17,478 $109,868
University Park 2,624 $159,545

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Silver Spring Hospitals

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1500 FOREST GLEN ROAD
(301) 754-7010
Emergency Service: Yes

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Silver Spring High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

MONTGOMERY BLAIR HIGH
51 UNIVERSITY BLVD E
301-649-2800
Serves 3,293 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

SPRINGBROOK HIGH
201 VALLEYBROOK DR
301-989-5700
Serves 2,004 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

JAMES HUBERT BLAKE HIGH
300 NORWOOD RD
301-879-1300
Serves 1,831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH
1901 RANDOLPH RD
301-929-2100
Serves 1,572 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

WHEATON HIGH
12601 DALEWOOD DR
301-929-2050
Serves 1,532 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

ROCKVILLE HIGH
919 UNIVERSITY BLVD W
301-279-8500
Serves 1,180 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

MONTGOMERY COUNTY EVENING HIGH
12518 GREENLY ST
301-929-2025
A Non-traditional School
Serves 115 students.

THOMAS EDISON HIGH SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY
12501 DALEWOOD DR
301-929-2175
A Vocational School

MCKENNEY HILLS ALTERNATIVE CENTER
2600 HAYDEN DR
301-649-8056
A Special Education School

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