History Of Silver Spring

Silver Spring represents an urbanized and unincorporated region in Montgomery County, based in Maryland, United States. Following Baltimore and Columbia, Silver Spring lays claim to the third most populous Census Designated Place situated in Maryland. Various entities belonging to the government and business have defined the boundaries of Silver Spring differently. The most common definition of Silver Spring would rank it as the second most populous “city,” behind Baltimore.

The southernmost, oldest and urbanized section of Silver Spring is the key business center that is situated at the northern tip of Washington, DC. Since 2004, 17.6 acres of parkland, 5216 housing units and 7,254,729 square feet (or, 673,986 m²) of office space were held by the Central Business District (CBD). This CBD area of Silver Spring had a population density of 15,600 per square mile all inside 360 acres (or, 1.5 km²) and about 2 1/2 square miles in the CBD downtown area. Recently, the community underwent a substantial renaissance, with the introduction of the office, residential, and retail developments. Significantly, world headquarters of Discovery Communications is situated downtown.

Silver Spring picked up its name from a mica-flecked spring that was discovered there by Francis Preston Blair in 1840. Later on, he purchased most of the bordering land. Acorn Park, which is snuggled in an area in the southern part of Silver Spring, some distance from the main downtown, is thought to be the spot where the original spring existed.

The boundaries of Silver Spring have not been officially defined since it is an unincorporated area. Inhabitants belonging to a huge section of Montgomery County have Silver Spring mailing addresses. This area stretches out approximately from Washington, DC, Prince George’s County, Maryland and Howard County, Maryland lines to the north, east and south, and Rock Creek Park and Plyers Mill Road to the west and north-west. With the exception of Baltimore, these boundaries render Silver Spring bigger in area as compared to any of Maryland’s cities. Amongst a few noteworthy landmarks is Discovery Communications’ world headquarters.

From information available with the United States Census Bureau, the community is spread out over a total area measuring 9.4 square miles (or, 24.4 km²). All of Silver Spring’s area of 24.4 km² (or, 9.4 sq mi) is land and no part of the area is under water (though a large number of small lakes and creeks exist).