Towson, MD 21286 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 21286: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Towson, MD 21286

Acceptable Alternative
Baltimore, MD 21286
Loch Raven, MD 21286

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 948
  • Single Family Addresses: 5,809
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 3,200
  • County: Baltimore County
  • Centroid: Latitude 39.407, Longitude -76.582
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

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Towson, MD 21286 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 19,784
Population in Households 18,412
Population in Familes 12,850
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,372
Population Density1 2,435
Diversity Index2 44


Total Households 8,377
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 4,390
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,778 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,048 (57.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,329 (37.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 401 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $304,436
Average Home Value $362,966


Median Household Income $70,740
Average Household Income $99,629
Per Capita Income $43,809
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.46% 0.56%
Households 0.37% 0.54%
Families 0.1% 0.34%
Median Household Income   1.96%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
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.

Towson, MD 21286 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 21286 to the other 455 ZIP Codes 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 # 127 72nd
Population Density1 # 98 79th
Diversity Index2 # 186 59th
Median Household Income # 248 46th
Per Capita Income # 116 75th

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