Silver Spring is the fourth most populous city in Maryland and a part of the state’s beautiful Montgomery County. (Only Baltimore, Germantown, and Columbia have a higher population.) Silver Spring is also home to one of Maryland’s major business hubs, which is located toward the northern apex of Washington DC. Silver Spring is also considered to be one of Maryland’s most desirable and livable locations. It features a highly stable housing market, high graduation rates, and a high income per capita.
While many Maryland cities and townships are named for the people that discovered them, Silver Spring actually gets its name from a beautiful mica-speckled spring. Francis Preston Blair discovered it in the year 1840. In fact, he was so enchanted with the place that he wound up purchasing a large portion of the surrounding land. Although no one is sure exactly where the original spring was located, popular consensus seems to point to Acorn Park.
Like many cities and towns in the area, Silver Spring has its connections to the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln himself visited the area on more than one occasion. The city was also occupied by the Confederate Army’s General Jubal Early in the time leading up to the Battle of Fort Stevens.
Although Silver Spring has a lot of advantages to its credit, it is incredibly well-known for its sheer variety of ethnic, music, and entertainment festivals. One of the most notable annual events is the Silverdocs June film festival, hosted by the team behind the Discovery Channel. The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is another favorite event and has featured the likes of Aaron Neville, Arturo Sandoval, and more over the years.
Silver Spring is also an excellent place to be for those that are in love with world cuisine. In addition to a variety of regional and nationwide chain options, the city’s dining world features venues dedicated to Jamaican, Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, American, African, and Chinese cuisines to name just a few of the options.
Roughly half of the population of Silver Spring gets around via automobile. However, the city is also serviced by multiple public transportation offerings such as the MARC train, the Metro Bus, and the Metrorail Red Line. Outside transportation options are located within just 30 miles of the city’s center – 2 airports and 10 Amtrak stations.