Monday, November 28, 2011

We Are the 94%

It is patently obvious to anyone that only a small minority of Washington-area residents actually from the region, but Silver Spring has the distinction of having the fifth lowest ratio of "native" residents in the entire country. This factoid comes from the most recent Census by way of the Washington Examiner, which states that a meager six percent of current Silver Springers 25 years or older were born in the state of Maryland.

Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure where on the Census site I can find locale-specific data such as this to verify, so I'm unsure what was considered to be "Silver Spring" in this case, nor do I know what the four places with smaller percentages were. Of course, by the qualifications used, I would also be considered a "migrant" to Silver Spring by virtue of having been born in D.C., despite having grown up here.



35 comments:

Tara said...

I think if you went to elementary school in Maryland, you can be considered a native.

Kenmoor Elementary '89.

Anonymous said...

Ha. I just thought "oh, look at that, I'm the rare 6%" but then thought for a moment longer and realized I'm the 94% - born in DC and have lived in MD since age 1.

Anonymous said...

Out of that 6%, I wonder how many were actually born in Silver Spring?

Does this make Sligo SSINO?

Sligo said...

No, I went to elementary school in S.S. (See 1st comment.)

Anonymous said...

So my 3-year old, born at Sibley, is less of a native than someone born in Cumberland? In this region, that's a kind of ridiculous definition.

dan reed! said...

I don't know if this is where the Examiner found its information, but this is the page for the 2005-2009 American Community Survey for the Silver Spring "Census Designated Place," which is more or less everything below the Beltway along with Four Corners. It says that 18% of Silver Spring residents were born in Maryland, 48% were born elsewhere in the US, and 34% were foreign born.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Born at Georgetown Univ Hospital

Raised in Camp Springs/Oxon Hill/Ft Washington (Same house, post office changed three times while I was growing up)

Attended PG County schools and graduated from Friendly.

So, I'm not a Silver Spring native but didn't really migrate in from that far away.

I was at a meeting down on Capitol Hill a few years back. The other attendees said that I was the first real local they'd met. All I could think, though, was that meant they never spoke to the support staff in the buildings in which they worked.

Anonymous said...

This explains the astounding number of horrible drivers in SS. The 94% who inherited bad driving practices from their native state and brought them here.

Danielle Meitiv said...

I would be curious about the "foreign-born" vs born elsewhere in the US. SS maybe #5 because of the high immigrant population, one of the things I find attractive about the area.

My family adds to the "non-native" population: I'm from NYC, my husband from Russia and our son was 2.5 when we arrived (born in Boston). Only my daughter is a true MD native.

Anonymous said...

I was born in DC, grew up in Northern VA, and now live in Silver Spring. I've never lived outside of the DC metro area. But I guess by this definition I'm an outsider.

Dumbek said...

Add me to the list of DC-born lifelong Marylanders. I definitely consider myself a native Marylander, but it's nice to throw the DC-native tag around whenever people state that nobody is really from DC. :-)

Easley Does It said...

Glen Haven Elem. Class of '76. Guess that makes me more of a Wheaton kid than Silver Spring

Terry in Silver Spring said...

A lot of us who were raised in the MD suburbs of DC were born in town because a few decades ago downtown was where most of the hospitals were.

As I mentioned above, my folks lived (and I grew up in) in southern PG. In 1962, Southern Maryland Hospital wasn't there. Greater Southeast, called Caffritz at the time, was in Anacostia or you went further in town to Georgetown, Washington Hospital Center, and the like.

Here in Silver Spring, Holy Cross was founded in 1963. I think about your only option in this part of Maryland would have been Washington Adventist in Takoma Park. PG Hospital over in Cheverly was founded in the 40's, Montgomery General in the 20's, so those were options but would have been drives. Overall, though, unless you went to Washington Adventist, you went in town.

Terry in Silver Spring said...
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Vagrarian said...

I don't consider myself a native, even though I went to elementary school in MD. I was born in Hagerstown and spent my childhood and teen years in Clear Spring (ten points if you know where that is).

Anonymous said...

My sister and I were both born at Suburban Hospital (Bethesda) 1961 & 1963, and I have lived in Silver Spring my entire life. So I am one of the few.

RoseAG said...

I wasn't born in Silver Spring either. I've worked with people who when they hear where I live say they grew up around here. Most currently live in outer areas - Gaithersburg, Rockville, Howard County.

Given the hosptial situation pre-1960-ish they probably weren't born in Silver Spring either.

Anonymous said...

Explains why there are so many fat ugly people around here

Anonymous said...

Yessssss, I've missed the NoVa guy's nonsensical comments about how terrible Silver Spring is.

Anonymous said...

I missed the fat ugly nerdy overly sensitive anon assuming everyone is the "nova guy"

Anonymous said...

This is America, there are mostly fat people all around and not just in Silver Spring. I actually don't see a larger percentage of fat people in Silver Spring than other areas, but a certain anon seems to spend his or her pathetic life imagining this to be so. Sad little idiot.

Anonymous said...

NoVa guy is the only person in the world who could come so far out of left field to make the same dumb comment every month and somehow make a correlation between out of state people living in SS = the reason silver spring is fat (which obviously isn't even close to true, if anything we're full of insanely skinny Ethiopians).

Terry in Silver Spring said...

You know, there's a strong argument against anonymous commenting.

Anonymous said...

Keep crying and defending indefensible things like "City place" and the complete lack of upscale retail or a good nightlife around here dork.

Or you could wake up and look at criticism and realize that yes- Silver spring has a LONG way to go.

Lisa said...

FYI, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda was open in 1940s ... anyway, at one point in time, the "best" doctors and hospitals were in DC, thus why so many of us DC/MD natives were born in a DC hospital (the much-missed Columbia for me), and then quickly whisked over the border to be raised in Montgomery County (where it was cheaper than DC for young couples to live).

Anonymous said...

Hey anon, the reason why everything thinks you're dumb as bricks is because the post isn't about fat people or city place or whatever else you're ranting about. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Walked past the old Damel restaurant space and a new restaurant is moving in.

Anonymous said...

Keep crying and defending indefensible things like "City place" and the complete lack of upscale retail or a good nightlife around here dork.


Wow. It is almost literally like you have never read a single word either Sligo or any commenter here has ever posted. I can't recall one time City Place has EVER been defended here.

Please go back to your WoW session or tranny porn searches or whatever it is you do when not posting trolling, ill-informed statements like the above.

thecubiclerebel said...

Wowza. Didn't know those statistics. It's soooo incredibly different than when I went to high school there and hung out scoping cute guys in too-tight jeans. Yet it's still very familiar in so many ways.

Anonymous said...

New restaurant in the old Damel space and the signage for Society looks great. Really hope they open soonish.

Brandon Kopp said...

Hey Sligo. I couldn't find the exact data that the article refers to but I can show you where the data is if you want to dig around. Here is a data table that shows various statistics for "Silver Spring". And here is a map showing what the Census Bureau defines as Silver Spring. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Did the census bureau redefine what silver spring was in the latest census? our population went down significantly between 2000 and 2010, which doesnt make sense at all. there has the be many, many more people here than in 2000 considering the amount of construction completed during that time and low vacancy rates.

Jason said...

I was born in Silver Spring but my family left Maryland when I was 2 years old and I moved back about 30 years later. Would the Census consider me a native? I certainly don't, despite my Maryland birth certificate.

Debbie Cook said...

I was born in Columbia Hospital for Women in DC - but when they brought me home from the hospital we came straight to Silver Spring where we lived. So I guess that makes me a native Washingtonian and a Silver Springer.

TerpsGirl said...

Interesting...I was born at Holy Cross in the 80's, grew up in Silver Spring/Wheaton/Kensington area (20902 zipcode...right behind Wheaton Plaza, though two blocks over is considered "Kensington" and I always wrote "Silver Spring" as my address). Moved to College Park for college and lived in Rockville/North Bethesda (yech!) area for a few years after college. Bought a house off of Randolph Rd. near Kennedy a few years ago (Glenmont area though the address is Silver Spring also). Never realized I'm in a minority. Definitely a long time resident of Silver Spring County though!