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Essex, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Essex Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Baltimore County at latitude 39.305 and longitude -76.4472. Baltimore County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 39 feet.

The formal official name is the Essex Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Essex, Maryland.

The U5 Census Class Code for Essex indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Essex Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.26 sq. miles and a water area of 2.63 sq. miles.

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Essex, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 39,319
Population in Households 39,004
Population in Familes 30,630
Population in Group Qrtrs 315
Population Density1 4,247
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 15,499
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 9,881
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 16,799 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,312 (49.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,187 (42.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,300 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $186,583
Average Home Value $220,608


Median Household Income $46,243
Average Household Income $57,314
Per Capita Income $22,785
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.03% 0.33%
Households -0.02% 0.31%
Families -0.2% 0.19%
Median Household Income   2.55%
Per Capita Income   2.55%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Essex, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 96th
Population Density1 # 74 86th
Diversity Index2 # 117 78th
Median Household Income # 446 14th
Per Capita Income # 421 19th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Maryland Census Data Comparison Tool.