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Demographics

As one of Maryland's fastest-growing regions, Howard County has seen a 34 percent increase in population over the past decade. Projected growth will continue to 327,635 by 2035 (HCDPZ). Howard County residents are the wealthiest in Maryland, with median household incomes of $101,003 that rank third in the nation (2010 American Community Survey).

A summary of statistics is available through the Howard County Brief Economic Facts

Census Reports:

Demographic Overview

Home to a very highly educated, affluent, and international population, Howard County offers a talented, diverse community that brings added vitality to local business and culture.

POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS 
Population by Sex  
   Female 51%
   Male 49%
Population by Race  
   White 63.2%
   Black or African American 18.2%
   Asian 14.9%
   American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%
   Pacific Islander 0.1%
   Two or more races 3.3%
   Foreign Born Population   17.3%
   Hispanic Origin 6.0%
Median Age (Years) 37.9

Sources:

  • Projections - Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Round 7A
  • Income Estimates - Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Population and Household estimates - Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning

Population Projections

Howard County's population is projected to grow by 14% between 2010 and 2035.  This healthy population growth will be coupled with household growth of 23% and employment growth of nearly 35% respectively during the same period.


House Projection

Pop Projection

Employ Projection

Sources:

  • Projections - Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Round 7A
  • Income Estimates - Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Population and Household estimates - Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning

Educational Attainment

The level of educational achievement in Howard County is very high and has increased significantly since 1990. While the Washington-Baltimore area offers a broad choice of job opportunities for this highly educated workforce, an increasing number of new companies also have opened their doors in Howard County, attracted by this growing workforce.

Education Level Bar Graph2

  High School Diploma or Higher  Bachelor Degree  Professional Degree 
United States  84.2% 27.2% 9.06%
Maryland  87.0% 34.5% 15.2%
Howard County  95.0% 57.8% 27.6%

*Sample only represents residents 25+ years old 

 Source: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/

 

 Job Growth

Howard County’s robust economy, powered by a range of industries, ensures that job growth in the county will rise by as much as 17% by 2020. 

Total Full and Part-Time Jobs (by Place of Work) by Industry

Major Industry

2010

2015

2020

       

Total Employment

190,559

207,600

224,200

Farm

496

500

500

Forest and fishing

74

100

100

Mining

168

200

200

Utilities

170

200

200

Construction

11,794

13,400

14,800

Manufacturing

6,263

6,100

6,100

Wholesale Trade

14,365

15,300

16,100

Retail Trade

17,996

18,700

19,600

Transportation and warehousing

4,445

4,900

5,300

Information

4,521

4,800

5,200

Finance and insurance

9,833

10,800

11,700

Real estate and rental and leasing

9,205

9,400

9,800

Professional and technical services

33,793

38,000

41,700

Management of companies

1,692

2,000

2,200

Administration and waste services

12,493

14,200

15,900

Educational services

4,453

5,200

6,000

Health care and social assistance

15,322

17,200

19,100

Arts, Entertainment and recreation

4,716

5,300

6,000

Accommodation and food services

10,874

12,000

13,100

Other Services, except public administration

8,773

9,700

10,600

Government and government enterprises

19,113

19,600

20,000

Federal      

Civilian

697

800

800

Military

842

900

800

State and Local

17,574

17,900

18,400

   State

3,508

3,500

3,600

   Local

14,066

14,400

14,800

For additional information please view the Projections PDF

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.