Howard County MD Information


Howard County Subdivisions

Howard County MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 314,633
Population in Households 312,422
Population in Familes 267,136
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,211
Population Density1 1,255
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 113,453
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 82,104
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 118,328 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 81,274 (68.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 32,179 (27.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,875 ( 4.1%)
Median Home Value $456,046
Average Home Value $502,157


Median Household Income $110,412
Average Household Income $141,870
Per Capita Income $51,413
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.48% 1.66%
Households 1.29% 1.54%
Families 1.17% 1.46%
Median Household Income   1.63%
Per Capita Income   1.58%
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.


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, 2016 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

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