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County Demographics

Baltimore County is situated in the geographic center of Maryland, surrounding Baltimore City almost entirely. Baltimore City and Baltimore County are separate political units. Baltimore County is the third-most populous county in Maryland, with a population of 831,128 in 2015. The population is projected to grow by two percent to 847,000 by 2020.

The County is the third-largest land area of any political subdivision in the state of Maryland, with 612 square miles and an additional 28 square miles of water. Over the past few decades, the predominant land use in the County has changed from rural to an urban and rural mix. Baltimore County is comprised of 29 unincorporated communities.

Explore key demographics below.

Population

Year

Baltimore County

Baltimore Metro*

State

2000

754,292

2,552,994

5,296,486

2010

805,029

2,710,489

5,773,552

2020**

847,000

2,881,500

6,224,550

Source: U.S. Census; Maryland Department of Planning.
* Baltimore Metro encompasses Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Queen Anne’s counties.
** Projections

Population by Race-Ethnic Origin

 

2000

Percentage

2010

Percentage

Total Population

754,292

100

805,029

100

One Race

754,292

98.6

785,745

97.6

White

561,132

74.4

520,185

64.6

Black or African American

151,600

20.1

209,738

26.1

American Indian-Alaska Native

1,923

0.3

2,625

0.3

Asian

23,947

3.2

40,077

5

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

242

0

319

0

Source: U.S. Census 2000 and 2010 prepared by the Maryland Department of Planning

Population by Age (2015)

Age Group

Population

Percentage

Persons under five

50,038

6

Persons under 18

151,789

18.3

20 to 44 years

271,018

32.6

45 to 64 years

224,357

27

65 years and older

133,926

16.1

Total

831,128

100

Median Age: 39.3

Source: U.S. Census 2000 and 2010 prepared by the Maryland Department of Planning

Housing and Households

Housing Units (2015)

337,439

Owner-Occupied Housing Unit Rate (2010 to2014)

66.2

Occupied Units (2010 to 2014)

313,408

Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Units (2010 to 2014)

$248,700

Median Gross Rent (2010 to 2014)

$1,155

Building Permits (2015)

$1,312

Households (2010 to 2014)

313,408

Persons per Household (2010 to 2014)

2.54

Source: U.S. Census Bureau; Maryland Department of Planning.

Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment

2014 Estimate

Percentage

Total population 25 years and over

570,350

 

Less than 9th grade

21,686

3.8

9th to 12th grade, no diploma

33,336

5.8

High school graduate (includes equivalency)

158,116

27.7

Some college, no degree

106,104

18.6

Associate's degree

39,115

6.9

Bachelor's degree

122,997

21.6

Graduate or professional degree

88,996

15.6

Percentage high school graduate or higher

 

90.4

Percentage bachelor's degree or higher

 

37.2

Source: 2014 American Community Survey One-Year Estimates

Veteran, Disability and Citizenship Status

Veteran Status

2014 Estimate

Percentage

Civilian population 18 years and over

648,002

 

Civilian veterans

45,946

7.1

Disability Status of the Civilian Non-institutionalized Population

2014 Estimate

Percentage

Total civilian non-institutionalized population

819,185

 

Total civilian non-institutionalized population with a disability

94,481

11.5

Under 18 years

178,180

 

Under 18 years with a disability

7,400

4.2

18 to 64 years

514,836

 

18 to 64 years with a disability

45,694

8.9

65 years and over

126,169

 

65 years and over with a disability

41,387

32.8

U.S. Citizenship Status

2014 Estimate

Percentage

Foreign-born population

103,692

 

Naturalized U.S. citizen

56,956

54.9

Not a U.S. citizen

46,736

45.1

Source: 2014 American Community Survey One-Year Estimates

Disclaimer of Data Accuracy

Data shown are based on current County, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), State and national datasets. If you have any questions related to the data presented, we encourage you to e-mail datasupport@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised November 14, 2017         

 

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