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Essex, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Essex Census Designated Place had a population of 40,777 as of July 1, 2017. Essex ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maryland. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Essex is located at latitude 39.305 and longitude -76.4472 in Baltimore County. 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. Baltimore County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 39 feet.

The Essex Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389051) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Essex Census Designated Place is located within District 15, a minor civil division (MCD) of Baltimore County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Essex population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Essex, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 40,777
Daytime Population: Workers 6,862
Daytime Population: Residents 20,964
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 27,826
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.68
Population in Households 40,457
Population in Familes 31,661
Population in Group Qrtrs 320
Population Density2 4,405
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $51,178
Average Household Income $63,984
Per Capita Income $25,282


Total Housing Units 16,964 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,419 (49.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,470 (44.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,075 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $199,343
Average Home Value $246,168


Total Households 15,889
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 10,101
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.52% 0.53%
Households 0.33% 0.43%
Families 0.18% 0.34%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

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, 2017 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 Density # 74 86th
Diversity Index # 110 79th
Median Household Income # 424 18th
Per Capita Income # 397 24th

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