Silver Spring is an unincorporated area, census-designated place, inside the Capital Beltway, near Washington, D.C., in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. As noted elsewhere, Montgomery County abounds with many city-like areas that are unincorporated communities. For example, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and Olney have no official boundaries but, may have varying designations from the United States Census Bureau, the United States Geological Survey or the United States Postal Service. When doing real estate searches in Montgomery County, Maryland, it is always best to confirm area designations with information in the BrightMLS Multiple Listing Service.
As of 2018, it had a population of 81,816 residents, according to the official estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau‘s American Community Survey, making it the fourth most populous place in Maryland, after Baltimore, Columbia, and Germantown, and the second most populous in Montgomery County after Germantown.
The urbanized, oldest, and southernmost part of Silver Spring is a major business hub that lies at the north apex of Washington, D.C. that has undergone a significant renaissance, with the addition of major retail, residential, and office developments.
Rock Creek Park passes along the west side of Silver Spring, and offers hiking trails, picnic grounds, and bicycling on weekends, when its main road, Beach Drive, is mostly closed to motor vehicles. Sligo Creek Park follows Sligo Creek through Silver Spring; it offers hiking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and bicycling. The 14.5-acre (5.9 ha) Jessup-Blair Park was recently renovated and features a soccer field, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic area. Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre (20 ha) park within Wheaton Regional Park, in “greater” Silver Spring.
The Capital Beltway can be accessed from Georgia Avenue (MD 97), Colesville Road (US 29), and New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650). The Intercounty Connector (ICC) (MD-200) toll road fully opened in November 2014 has interchanges in the Silver Spring area include Georgia Avenue, Layhill Road (MD-182), New Hampshire Avenue, Columbia Pike (US-29) and Briggs Chaney Road.
Silver Spring is serviced by the Brunswick Line of the MARC Train, Metrorail Red Line, Metrobus, Ride On, and the free VanGo. The bus terminal at the Silver Spring Rail Station is the busiest in the entire Washington Metro Area, and provides connections between several transit services, including those mentioned above. This transit facility serves nearly 60,000 passengers daily.
The $91 million Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center will further expand the station to facilitate the growing demand for public transportation, due to the increase in population in the Silver Spring area. The new center is a multilevel, multimodal facility which incorporates Metrobus, Ride On, Metrorail, MARC train, intercity Greyhound bus, and local taxi services under one roof. The Purple Line light rail, still under construction in 2020, by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is planned to service this station, connecting Silver Spring with Bethesda to the west and then running east to the University of Maryland-College Park and then southeast to the New Carrollton Metro station. In addition to the Silver Spring station, the Washington Metrorail’s Forest Glen station is also located in Silver Spring and the MARC train also stops at the nearby Kensington station.
Downtown Silver Spring hosts several entertainment, musical, and ethnic festivals, the most notable of which are the Silverdocs documentary film festival held each June and hosted by Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute. The Fillmore is a live entertainment and music venue with a capacity of 2,000 people.
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