Demographic and socioeconomic data provides insight into the character of Howard County and its diverse communities. By better understanding the people and places of Howard County and their unique characteristics we can better plan and provide services. Through our study of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other public and nonprofit organizations we gain valuable insight into what makes Howard County such a unique and special place.
An overview of the county's demographic data can be accessed here: Howard County Demographic Overview - 2018
The next U.S. decennial census will take place in 2020. Unlike a survey that uses a sample from the population to then draw estimates from, the decennial census strives for a 100% count. Census 2020 will call on every head of household across the nation to answer a series of questions about their household and those who reside there. Every citizen of Howard County will have an opportunity to complete a physical or digital application to provide the U.S. Census Bureau.
Census 2020 will provide important demographic information at the national, state and local levels. Population sizes determine the number of representatives Maryland has in Congress and Howard County has in the state legislature. Certain forms of government assistance are determined by population density. Above all else, the census will help to show the true makeup of our county, state, and nation.
In addition to the decennial census, Howard County utilizes data from the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides updates between decennial censuses in the form of sample estimates. Unlike the 100 percent count goal of the decennial census, the ACS is a survey, meaning not every citizen is contacted for participation. From the citizens who do participate, estimates are made in order to best represent the population as a whole.
ACS data is released annually in the form of single-year estimates and multi-year averages that provide more accurate estimates.
Explore here for the latest Howard County Census data. Data are also provided at the smaller place and zip code level within Howard County as well by selecting the geography from the map. Key information from the ACS is also provided in the section below.
† Margin of error is at least 10 percent of the total value. Take care with this statistic.
This profile displays data from more than one ACS release. Charts not derived from ACS 2018 1-year data are noted with an *.
Citation: U.S. Census Bureau (2018). American Community Survey 1-year estimates. Retrieved from Census Reporter Profile page for Howard County, MD
Citation: U.S. Census Bureau (2018). American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Retrieved from Census Reporter Profile page for Howard County, MD
Median Age: Howard County- 38.8 Maryland- 38.7 United States- 38.2
Per Capita Income: $52,654 Median Household Income: $116,984
Persons below poverty line: Howard County- 5.1% Maryland- 9% United States- 13.1%
Mean travel time to work (minutes): Howard County- 31.9 Maryland- 33.3 United States- 27.1
Number of Households/ Persons per Household
Howard County- 116,903 / 2.7
Maryland- 2,215,935 / 2.7
United States- 121,520,180 / 2.6
Women 15-50 who gave birth during past year: Howard County- 4.1% Maryland- 5% United States- 5.2%
Number of housing units: Howard County- 120,822 Maryland- 2,458,779 Untied States- 138,539,906
Median value of owner-occupied housing units: Howard County- $476,600 Maryland- $324,800 Untied States- $229,700
Moved since previous year: Howard County- 14.3% Maryland- 14.1% Untied States- 14.1%
High school grad or higher: Howard County- 96% Maryland- 90.5% United States- 88.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher: Howard County- 62.3% Maryland- 40.8% United States- 32.6%
Foreign-born population: Howard County- 21.7% Maryland- 15.2% United States- 13.7%
Population with veteran status: Howard County- 6.5% Maryland- 7.8% United States- 7.1%
Veterans in Howard County: Total- 15,685 Male- 14,165 Female- 1,520