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The City of Salisbury had a population of 32,737 as of July 1, 2021. Salisbury 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 Salisbury is located at latitude 38.3607 and longitude -75.5994 in Wicomico County. The formal boundaries for the City of Salisbury encompass a land area of 13.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0.47 sq. miles. Wicomico County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 26 feet.

The City of Salisbury has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Salisbury is located within District 13, Camden, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wicomico County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salisbury: Carrs Landing, Handys Landing, Salisbury Town, Salsbury.

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Salisbury, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 32,737 (100%)
Population in Households 31,129 (95.1%)
Population in Families 20,397 (62.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,608 ( 4.9%)
Population Density 2,388
Diversity Index2 66


Median Household Income $45,425
Average Household Income $63,529
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $23,736
Wealth Index5 53


Total HU (Housing Units) 14,255 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,708 (33.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,947 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,600 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $188,115
Average Home Value $234,001
Housing Affordability Index3 140


Total Households 12,655
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 6,768
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.83% 0.59%
Households 0.68% 0.56%
Families 1.19% 0.39%
Median Household Income   1.29%
Per Capita Income   1.64%
Owner Occupied HU   1.29%

Salisbury, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salisbury to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 33 94th
Population Density # 160 69th
Median Household Income # 486 6th
Housing Affordability Index # 203 39th
Per Capita Income # 477 8th
Diversity Index # 81 85th

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