Demographic and Socioeconomic Data

Demographic and socioeconomic data provide 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 - 2020

Community Indicators, dynamic reports and infographics displaying demographic and socioeconomic data, can be accessed via HoCo Dash here: Community Indicators

Census 2020

The U.S. Decennial Census has recently taken 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 has called on every head of household across the nation to answer a series of questions about their household and those who reside there. Every resident of Howard County has had 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 latest characteristics of our county, state, and nation.  

For more information on Census 2020, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census 2020 website .