Ellicott City, MD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ellicott City, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Ellicott City Census Designated Place had a population of 72,792 as of July 1, 2016. Ellicott City ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Ellicott City is located at latitude 39.2767 and longitude -76.834 in Howard County. The formal boundaries for the Ellicott City Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 29.95 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Howard County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 154 feet.

The Ellicott City Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389035) 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 Ellicott City Census Designated Place is located within District 2, Ellicott City, a minor civil division (MCD) of Howard County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ellicott City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ellicott City: Ellicott, Ellicott Mills, Ellicotts Lower Mills, Ellicotts Mills.

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Ellicott City, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 72,792
Population in Households 72,496
Population in Familes 63,821
Population in Group Qrtrs 296
Population Density1 2,430
Diversity Index2 61


Total Households 25,960
Average Household Size 2.79
Family Households 19,624
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 26,923 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,649 (69.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,310 (27.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 963 ( 3.6%)
Median Home Value $536,455
Average Home Value $547,358


Median Household Income $116,460
Average Household Income $150,681
Per Capita Income $53,941
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.62% 1.74%
Households 1.44% 1.65%
Families 1.26% 1.53%
Median Household Income   1.86%
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.

Ellicott City, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ellicott City to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 99th
Population Density1 # 155 70th
Diversity Index2 # 99 81st
Median Household Income # 52 90th
Per Capita Income # 44 92nd

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