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Education Overview

Baltimore County is one of the most educated communities in the United States. Our universities and secondary schools consistently achieve, providing the County with a well-educated home-grown workforce. The County is also home to research tech centers and incubators that support business growth and provide workforce training opportunities.

Fast Facts

  • 90.6 percent of County residents over the age of 25 have a high school diploma or higher.
  • 36.6 percent of County residents over the age of 25 hold Bachelor's degrees or higher. The national average is 29.8 percent.
  • The Baltimore metropolitan area is home to 25 major colleges and universities, educating more than 160,000 students each year
  • The County is home to five major colleges and universities, enrolling an estimated 63,470 students in fall 2016. 
  • Baltimore County offers 159 public schools—107 elementary, 28 middle and 24 high schools, enrolling 112,139 as of February 2017. There are also 220 private schools in Baltimore County.

Maryland Higher Education Commission. (2016, December). 2016 Opening Fall Enrollment Report. (PDF)

Maryland Higher Education Commission, (2016). 2016 Data Book. (PDF)

Baltimore County Graduation Cohort Data. (2017). (Chart illustration of Adjusted Graduation Cohort Data January 9, 2017). Graduation Rate: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort from the 2016 Maryland Report Card.

United State Bureau of Census. (2015). Educational Attainment: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (Data table S1501)

Revised February 13, 2018         


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