Howard County MD Information


Howard County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 322,360
Daytime Population: Workers 167,730
Daytime Population: Residents 149,156
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 316,886
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 320,663
Population in Familes 273,941
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,697
Population Density2 1,286
Diversity Index3 67


Median Household Income $112,531
Average Household Income $146,742
Per Capita Income $53,125


Total Housing Units 120,615 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 83,644 (69.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 32,637 (27.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,334 ( 3.6%)
Median Home Value $454,594
Average Home Value $511,198


Total Households 116,281
Average Household Size 2.76
Family Households 84,082
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 1.61% 1.57%
Households 1.45% 1.49%
Families 1.34% 1.41%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   2.0%


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, 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 # 6 79th
Population Density # 6 79th
Diversity Index # 3 92nd
Median Household Income # 1 100th
Per Capita Income # 1 100th

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