LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Silver Spring, a suburb in Maryland, has been named the most “caring” suburb in the country.

Two other Maryland suburbs and a Virginia suburb made the top ten list of the most caring suburbs, compiled by Movoto. Not bad for the D.C. area!

Silver Spring has more community services and mental health professionals per capita than nearly anywhere else in America. Silver Spring also has a student to counselor ratio of 14.9 to 1.

More recently, the Silver Spring/Montgomery County community rallied around the Gemmel family, who lost a mother and two children when a plane came crashing into a neighborhood. More than $475K was raised on a GoFundMe page for the Gemmell family. Another fundraiser at the Pop-Up Playzone in Silver Spring was the latest effort to help the family of Marie Gemmell and her two sons Cole, 3, and Devin, a six-week-old infant, who were killed in a jet crash in nearby Gaithersburg, Md.

Coming in at number four is Alexandria, Virginia. It got an A-plus for its low student to counselor ratio at just 9.8 to 1. Alexandria also had the 10th most community service options per capita such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, the American Red Cross, Goodwills and more.

Frederick, Maryland was ranked at number five. This suburb has so many counselors and mental health professionals that it has the ninth most per person on Movoto’s list. Frederick residents seem to value the environment, with a whopping 14.63 percent of residents who carpool, and the rest of the animal kingdom with the 22nd most animal shelters per capita.

And last, but not least, Columbia, Maryland comes in at number 6. Columbia has a high number of mental health professionals per person (the 10th most), a low student to counselor ratio (the 12th lowest) and the 13th most community services options per person.

Movoto compiled this list by using the U.S. Census Bureau and then gathered up a total of 109 of the nation’s finest suburbs. They define a suburb as any large population center near one of the nation’s 50 largest cities.

Then, they used sources like the U.S. Census, the 2012 Uniform FBI Crime Report, business listings, and Sperling’s Best Places to look at each of our 109 places in terms of the following criteria: Student-counselor ratio, Crimes per 100,000 people (the lower the better), Pet shelters and rescue per capita, Community services per capita, Mental health counselors and therapists per capita, Percent of workers who carpool (caring for the environment). From there, they ranked each place with scores from one to 109, where the lower scores went to the more caring places. Then they averaged each city’s rankings into one overall “Big Deal Score”, where the lowest score went to our most caring suburb — Silver Spring.

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