Introduction to Takoma Park, Maryland

Located in Montgomery county, Takoma Park, Maryland, is 1 miles SE of Silver Spring, Maryland (center to center) and 6 miles N of Washington, District of Columbia.

Takoma Park History

Takoma Park, the first planned commuter suburb, was founded in 1883 by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert. The city was established along the Metropolitan Branch of Baltimore and Ohio railroad. It was officially incorporated into the state in 1890. Takoma Park is also known as "Azalea City," as many of its early residents were horticulturists; notable among them was B.Y. Morrison, who was instrumental in calling the community Azalea City. As of now, a major portion of the old Takoma Park is located within the Takoma Park Historic District.

Takoma Park and nearby Attractions

  • Thomas Siegler Carriage House Museum
  • Arlington House
  • Algonkian Regional Park
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Franciscan Monastery
  • National Zoological Park

Things To Do In Takoma Park

The area is home to a number of museums such as the Thomas Siegler Carriage House Museum, Airmen Memorial Museum, and Agricultural History Farm Park. The Algonkian Regional Park includes an 18-hole golf course. Nearby are the National Zoological Park, Franciscan Monastery, and Antietam National Battlefield. In addition, the city holds annual celebrations such as the Folk Festival in September, the Jazz Fest in June, and the Street Festival in October.

Takoma Park Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Takoma Park Higher Education

Higher education is available at Takoma Park are University of Maryland-University College, Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University.


Total Population 17,478
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,817
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.7%
Median Earnings25+ $46,927
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,242
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,217


Median Family Income $109,868
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6%
% Using Public Transportation 30.1%


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,094
Median House Value $486,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.1%
Irish 9.2%

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

Takoma Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SE of Silver Spring, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles N of Washington, District of Columbia
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 20903, 20910, 20912
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20913
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.977
Longitude -77.007

Takoma Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.1 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 5.5 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 11.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chevy Chase 2,927 $250
College Park 31,730 $84,848
Hyattsville 18,225 $66,127
Mount Rainier 8,329 $51,288
Silver Spring 77,460 $84,296
University Park 2,624 $159,545

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

Takoma Park Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(301) 891-7600
Emergency Service: Yes

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