The urbanized, oldest, and southernmost part of Silver Spring is a major business and entertainment center that lies at the north of Washington, D.C. The community has recently undergone a significant change and renewal, with the addition of major retail, residential, and office developments. The new town center has something for everyone- shopping, great food and restaurants, movie theaters, bookstores and entertainment.
Housing options include large suburban single family homes, smaller homes in walking distance to town and town-homes and apartments. The cost of housing covers a wide range as well.
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, tucked away in an area of south Silver Spring away from the main downtown area, is believed to be the site of the original spring.
At its widest point, Big Silver Spring is about 12 miles long. Big Silver Spring has over 306,000 residents, comprising 30% of Montgomery County’s population, and is almost as large as the District of Columbia. Silver Spring is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It had a population of 76,716 according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau, making it the fourth most populous place in Maryland, after Baltimore, Columbia, and Germantown.
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