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Old 01-15-2011, 07:23 AM
Location: Cumberland
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The 2005 census Factfinder sheet shows the white population making up about 60% of the county, this includes most of the 15% that ID has Hispanic as well (Hispanic is an ethnicity according to the census bureau, so they can have any shade of skin)

Point being the white population was probably below 50% back in 2005, I suspect the 2010 numbers will show more diversity. MoCo is more an example of wealthy diversity in action than just wealthy whites.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:26 PM
Location: Hyattsville, MD
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Originally Posted by Tiger Beer View Post
That's kind of interesting. I mean, seeing that DC and I believe PG as well, are known for not having good schools. How does MoCo deliver on that?

I mean, Bethesda/Rockville makes sense because of all of the money there....does it just get distributed county-wise?

Also from the previous post, MoCo takes care of everything that happens in MoCo. So, schools are under that umbrella, and I guess policing, all the squad cars have MoCo on them, as opposed to Silver Spring or whatsoever else.

Just trying to get a better sense of the area, thanks in advance!
Do some Googling. MoCo schools are considered one of the most prestigious school systems in the nation. Their current superintendent, Jerry Weast, is hailed as one of the leading superintendents, in the nation. MoCo public schools is also the highest performing school system (as a whole) in the entire Baltimore/Washington Metro Area. People living in MoCo pay high taxes for good schools. And there are more high school students—taking and receiving a passing score of "3" or higher on Advanced Placement exams in MoCo—than any other school system in Maryland, and I think that goes for the entire metro area, as well.

As far as Silver Spring is concerned, SS is probably the largest city in MoCo, with maybe the exception of Gaithersburg. SS is absolutely massive. SS stretches all of the way from the George Avenue corridor bordering Northwest DC (which includes the area of Downtown Silver Spring) ... it continues up Georgia Ave all the way to the area closing in on Connecticut Avenue in the Wheaton/Kensington area ... then it traverses East all the way to the area around Briggs Chaney which is generally considered Burtonsville/Olney ... then Southward all the way to around Cherry Hill Road in areas which boarder White Oak and Beltsville in P.G. County. The area of SS around Beltsville is the most 'suburban' like area of SS, IMO. It's completely different from Downtown SS or the areas off of University Boulevard. I believe the population of SS is close to 60,000.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:52 PM
Location: Maryland
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Originally Posted by Tiger Beer View Post
What separates Silver Spring as different from PG?

They are right next to each other. SS isa little more affordable than everything else immediately surrounding DC itself for PG itself.

What is it that seems to separate SS from PG? Is it that it is just slightly more expensive? I mean, from my understanding, SS is a decent acceptable place to live for many people, whereas PG may have it's spots, but generally seems to have the bad reputation.

What makes SS different? Also, is crime really all that different? Similar types of crime? Or not really?

Lastly, would SS be able to sustain it? Just thinking that SS seems very spread out with many unincorporated areas, and not REALLY a city. So, it seems it would be more difficult for the SS local government to provide the best of services throughout it's region. Or isn't that assessment really correct?
Location, tradition. Silver Spring borders more affluent parts of DC than PG County.
PG has always had a working class background even when it was majority white.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by MDAllstar View Post
The cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville have their own police force and are supported by some Montgomery county police. Every other part of the county only have Montgomery County police because they aren't real cities. The only incorporated cities in Moco are Gaithersburg and Rockville.
Takoma Park in MoCo is also an incorporated city. Incorporated towns in MoCo include Barnesville, Brookeville, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Kensington, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Somerset, Washington Grove, Chevy Chase, and Chevy Chase Village.
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