Baltimore County's dynamic economy is driven by national leaders and regional businesses that span every major industry sector. The following nine key industries drive 50 percent of the County’s employment and will account for 75 percent of the County’s job growth through 2024.
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL)
- Financial Services
- Professional and Business Services
- Information Technology (IT)
County Businesses and Headquarters
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- The Baltimore Life Insurance Company
- Social Security Administration
- US Lacrosse
Baltimore County is one of the most educated communities in the United States.
The County is home to incubators and research tech centers that support business growth and provide workforce training opportunities.
- bwtech@UMBC—A 71-acre business incubator adjacent to University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) that brings research, entrepreneurship, business leads, prospective clients and economic development in the Maryland region to one singular place—a place full of like-minded businesses on the forefront of innovation. The bwtech@UMBC community is a center of innovation for businesses in all different stages of development. The university's six research centers attract over $89 million in annual funding, including the UMBC Center for Advanced Studies Photonics Research and UMBC's Bioinformatics Research Center.
- Johns Hopkins University—Contains many institutes, centers and affiliates that research everything from medicine to public policy. Hopkins’ research institutions are truly special and make the Baltimore metro region a unique place to live and work.
- The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM)—Has a variety of departments devoted to research in numerous fields (i.e. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, diabetes and hearing) and is home to the renowned Shock Trauma center.
The Baltimore Metropolitan area is home to some of the nation's top schools. Our universities are proud to be involved in our community and continue to produce top graduates that enter our local workforce yearly.
- Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)—A public two-year college, CCBC is the largest provider of undergraduate education and workforce training in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. CCBC offers programs in more than 60 career and transfer programs in business, law, the environment, education, technology, the arts and sciences, and health and medicine, and offers the area's largest selection of continuing education classes.
- College of Notre Dame of Maryland—A four-year, Catholic, liberal arts college for women located on a 58-acre wooded campus in northern Baltimore City. Notre Dame’s student population includes women studying full time in one of 45 programs of study, and part-time employed men and women who study on weekends in graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
- Coppin State—A historically black university (HBCU) and four-year residential liberal arts institution in Baltimore City, offering 53 majors and nine graduate degree programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, nursing and continuing education.
- Goucher College—A liberal arts college in Baltimore County enrolling over 2,500 students. All 18 bachelors and five interdisciplinary programs integrate coursework with real-world experience through internships.
- Johns Hopkins University—A privately-endowed, coeducational research university in Baltimore City that includes eight academic divisions for international studies, arts and sciences, continuing studies, engineering, public health, medicine, nursing and music.
- Loyola University—A Catholic institution in Baltimore City offering a broad education in the liberal arts. The curriculum offers 34 disciplines, five pre-professional programs and features a diverse selection of electives designed to expand student skills and talents.
- Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)—The oldest independent, degree-granting, accredited art college in the nation. Its faculty includes accomplished artists, designers, writers and art historians. The campus boasts well-equipped, spacious studios, gallery spaces and a computer graphics lab. MICA students can major in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, general fine arts, general sculptural studies, ceramics, fiber, photography, graphic design, illustration, or interior architecture and design.
- Morgan State University—Maryland’s largest historically black university (HBCU) and in May of 2016, the National Trust for Historic Preservation formally designated the university as a national treasure. Students can study more than 35 majors in arts and sciences, business management, education and urban studies, engineering, and science and mathematics. Curricula are designed to address regional demands for greater opportunities in higher education and to meet the educational needs of Baltimore City and the State of Maryland for trained professionals.
- Stevenson University—A fully accredited four-year private college offering an education combining arts and sciences with cutting-edge technologies. The college offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees that prepare students for careers in computer information systems, business, accounting, liberal arts, education, early childhood education, science, visual communication design, nursing and paralegal, to name a few.
- Towson University—A 328-acre campus in Baltimore County, is the oldest four-year public college in Maryland and hosts the largest business school in Maryland. Towson concentrates on the fine arts, health-related fields, teacher education, liberal arts and sciences, business and communications. Organized into eight colleges, Towson offers bachelor’s degrees in 59 majors, 32 master’s degrees and three doctoral programs.
- University of Maryland Baltimore—Located on 60 acres in downtown Baltimore, comprises seven professional schools that offer professional degree programs in dentistry, law, medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work, as well as PhDs in nursing, physical rehabilitation science, gerontology and social work.
- UMBC—A contemporary 500-acre campus, 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, and convenient to Washington, Annapolis and the Baltimore-Washington International airport. This Tier One research university, with $89 million in annual research dollars, maintains a strong undergraduate curriculum with 33 programs anchored in the liberal arts and sciences, and opportunities for involvement in faculty research. UMBC offers 30 master's and 22 doctoral programs focused in the sciences, engineering and public policy.
- Strayer University—Dedicated to providing quality higher education programs and professional certifications for working adults. The university offers programs in fields related to information technology, accounting and business.
Baltimore County’s transportation network is one of our greatest competitive advantages. It features an interconnected and multimodal system of transportation that makes sense for any business.
Baltimore County is a hub of connecting north-south and east-west highways providing excellent and efficient access to any area. All industrially-zoned land in the County lies less than five miles (eight kilometers) from an interstate highway. Well-maintained state and County roads, covering more than 2,750 miles (4,300 kilometers), serve areas which are not reached by the extensive expressway system. More than 2,224 miles (3,759 kilometers) of these roads are maintained by the County.
- I-95: The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway provides for rapid transportation of goods and people from the County to any location on the East Coast. Heading north, I-95 links up with the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the New Jersey Turnpike.
- I-70: Provides access to western markets through western Pennsylvania and into Ohio.
- I-83: Heads north linking to I-81 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and south linking Baltimore County to Baltimore City.
- I-695: The Baltimore Beltway surrounds the city and connects with I-95 and I-70.
- I-795: The Northwest Expressway parallels Reisterstown Road and links with Westminster Pike and Hanover Pike. This expressway creates easy access to Owings Mills, one of Baltimore County’s two growth areas.
Other major highways that connect Baltimore County to its neighbors include, I-895, U.S. 1, US 40 and I-195.
The Maryland Transit Administration provides a number of local and regional public transportation options throughout Baltimore County, including the light rail system, the local bus service, and the MARC train service.
The following provide freight carriage:
- CSX Transportation
- Norfolk Southern Railway
- Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad
- Port of Baltimore—Located 150 miles inland, it is the closest East Coast port to the Midwest and is accessible to several major interstate highways located within minutes of its terminals. By truck, cargo leaving the port is within an overnight drive to two-thirds of America's population. Business at the Port of Baltimore generates about 14,630 direct jobs, while about 108,000 jobs in Maryland are linked to port activities. The port is responsible for $3 billion in personal wages and salary and more than $300 million in state and local taxes.
- Tradepoint Atlantic—Tradepoint Atlantic at Sparrows Point is positioned to be North America’s premier industrial gateway driving the flow of commerce between the U.S. and global markets through access to land, rail and sea. The 5.3 square-mile site features more than 3,300 acres zoned for industrial use, deep water access near the Port of Baltimore and an interconnected transportation network, including direct connection to two Class One railroads and interstate highways.
Baltimore County is a close drive to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The County is home to Martin State Airport in Middle River, one of the largest general aviation facilities in the U.S., with full-service transient capability.
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View the population statistics for 2020 below.
|Baltimore County||Baltimore Metro||State|
Baltimore County is Maryland’s second-largest jurisdiction in terms of jobs and is home to more than 21,000 employer establishments. The County's economic diversity is reflected in the following table, which presents 2019 self-reported employment numbers for Baltimore County's largest manufacturing, research and development, federal government, healthcare, utilities, education and financial services firms.
Social Security Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
T. Rowe Price
Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Hospital
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
McCormick and Company, Inc.
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
BD Life Sciences, Diagnostic Systems
Microbiology, medical and diagnostic equipment
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Healthcare insurance provider
Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
LifeBridge Health/Northwest Hospital Center
Stanley Black and Decker Global Tools and Storage Headquarters
Power tools, small appliances
Aerospace, defense and information technology
Textron (formerly AAI)
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Freight and logistics
Telecommunications (finance and billing)
Coty (formerly Procter and Gamble Beauty)
Bank of America
Credit card center and financial services
General building contractor
Element Fleet Management (formerly PHH)
Corporate vehicle-fleet management
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT)
Pharmaceutics International, Inc.
High-speed manufacturing equipment
U.S. Filter—Pall Corporation
General Motors Baltimore Operations
Vehicle and hybrid transmissions
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|Civilian Labor Force||Baltimore County||Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)|
Total Civilian Labor Force
|Education Level||2024||2015 to 2024 Change|
12,902 (3.5 percent)
Less than high school
3,817 (3.9 percent)
High school diploma or equivalent
1,343 (1 percent)
Postsecondary non-degree award
1,053 (4.9 percent)
Some college, no degree
147 (3 percent)
695 (4.3 percent)
4,701 (6.4 percent)
409 (6.1 percent)
Doctoral or professional degree
723 (6.3 percent)
13 (3.1 percent)
The table below displays the annual average employment by industry as compared to total Baltimore County employment for 2018.
Percentage of Total County Employment
TDL—Trade, Transportation and Utilities
|Professional and Business Services||60,501|
|Government—Federal, State and Local||55,256|
|Healthcare (Health Services)||49,360|
|Leisure and Hospitality||35,058|
|Natural Resources and Mining||617|