Howard County MD Information


Howard County MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Howard County to the other 24 counties / independent cities and county equivalents 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 # 6 79th
Population Density1 # 6 79th
Diversity Index2 # 3 92nd
Median Household Income # 1 100th
Per Capita Income # 1 100th

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


Total Population 301,881
Population in Households 299,433
Population in Familes 256,259
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,448
Population Density1 1,204
Diversity Index2 64


Total Households 110,073
Average Household Size 2.72
Family Households 79,657
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 115,008 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 79,484 (69.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 30,589 (26.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,935 ( 4.3%)
Median Home Value $474,486
Average Home Value $525,022


Median Household Income $112,624
Average Household Income $137,589
Per Capita Income $50,310
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.19% 1.51%
Households 1.17% 1.51%
Families 1.01% 1.4%
Median Household Income   2.48%
Per Capita Income   3.32%
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.

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