Silver Spring, Maryland

Silver Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) in southeastern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, near Washington, D.C. Although officially unincorporated, in practice, it is an edge city[3] that had a population of 81,015 residents as of the 2020 census.[4] This makes it the fifth-most populous place in Maryland after Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, and Waldorf; and the second-most populous in Montgomery County after Germantown.[5][6]

Silver Spring, Maryland
Clockwise from top: AFI Silver, Veteran's Plaza and the civic building, Downtown Silver Spring from the Metro station, Acorn Park, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station
Silver Spring (Montgomery County and Maryland)
Silver Spring
Silver Spring
Coordinates: 39°00′09″N 77°01′15″W[1]
Country United States
State Maryland
County Montgomery
Area
  Total7.91 sq mi (20.49 km2)
  Land7.88 sq mi (20.42 km2)
  Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
341 ft (104 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Total81,015
  Density10,277.18/sq mi (3,968.02/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
  • 20901–20907
  • 20910
Area codes301, 240
FIPS code24-72450
GNIS feature ID0591290
Highways

The downtown, located next to the northern tip of Washington, D.C., is the oldest and most urbanized part of the community. Downtown is in turn surrounded by several inner suburban residential neighborhoods located inside the Capital Beltway. Many mixed-use developments combining retail, residential, and office space have been built since 2004.[7]

Silver Spring takes its name from a mica-flecked spring discovered there in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair, who subsequently bought much of the surrounding land. Acorn Park, south of downtown, is believed to be the site of the original spring.[8][9][10]


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