Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

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Population

2.81M

0.332% growth

Median Age

38.6


Median Household Income

$77,394

0.789% growth

Poverty Rate

10.5%


Number of Employees

1.42M

0.311% growth

Median Property Value

$297,300

1.16% growth

About

In 2017, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD had a population of 2.81M people with a median age of 38.6 and a median household income of $77,394. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD grew from 2.8M to 2.81M, a 0.332% increase and its median household income grew from $76,788 to $77,394, a 0.789% increase.

The population of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is 56.4% White Alone, 28.8% Black or African American Alone, and 5.87% Hispanic or Latino. 12.5% of the people in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD speak a non-English language, and 95.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are Johns Hopkins University (8,437 degrees awarded in 2016), Towson University (5,849 degrees), and University of Maryland-Baltimore County (3,661 degrees).

The median property value in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is $297,300, and the homeownership rate is 66.6%. Most people in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD employs 1.42M people. The largest industries in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (217,977 people), Educational Services (150,987 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (142,101 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($97,882), Utilities ($80,328), and Public Administration ($80,139).

Median household income in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is $77,394. Males in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD have an average income that is 1.23 times higher than the average income of females, which is $63,795. The income inequality in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$77,394

2017 value

± $1,431

0.789%

1 Year Growth

± 2.5%

Households in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD have a median annual income of $77,394, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $76,788 in 2016, which represents a 0.789% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,518

Average Male Salary

± $1,626

$63,795

Average Female Salary

± $1,278

In 2017, full-time male employees in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD made 1.23 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $79,497 ± $72,116

  2. Asian

    $72,023 ± $4,094

  3. White

    $70,393 ± $1,419

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD workers was American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is from Maryland.

0.461

2017 Wage GINI

0.461

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maryland was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0789% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Maryland was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maryland in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was Howard County, MD with a value of $111,473, followed by Montgomery County, MD and Calvert County, MD, with respective values of $103,235 and $100,590.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (287k out of 2.72M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    143,580 ± 2,754

  2. White

    112,501 ± 2,469

  3. Hispanic

    23,192 ± 1,230

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.42M

2017 Value

± 19,873

0.311%

1 Year growth

± 1.93%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD grew at a rate of 0.311%, from 1.42M employees to 1.42M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (103,118 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (40,385 people), and Secretaries & Administrative Assistants (35,420 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (103,118 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (40,385 people), and Secretaries & Administrative Assistants (35,420 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD has an unusually high number of residents working as Mathematical Science Occupations (3.4 times higher than expected), Database & Systems Administrators & Network Architects (2.06 times), and Life & Physical Scientists (1.96 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($91,210), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,256), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($86,963).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.42M

2017 Value

± 19,873

0.311%

1 Year growth

± 1.93%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD grew at a rate of 0.311%, from 1.42M employees to 1.42M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (217,977 people), Educational Services (150,987 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (142,101 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, though some of these residents may live in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (217,977 people), Educational Services (150,987 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (142,101 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.17 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.34 times), and Educational Services (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($97,882), Utilities ($80,328), and Public Administration ($80,139).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Maryland to other states, or from other states to Maryland.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.1B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Maryland product (by dollars) was Textiles/leather with $24.1B, followed by Mixed freight with $17.7B and Electronics and $14.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Maryland products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$180B

2015 Value

$243B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Maryland trade was $180B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $243B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Maryland trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Maryland to other states, or from other states to Maryland.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $24B

  2. $18.2B

  3. $6.71B

In 2015, the top outbound Maryland domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Virginia with $24B, followed by Pennsylvania with $18.2B and New York and $6.71B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maryland shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.1% of the population of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD has health coverage, with 54.5% on employee plans, 15.5% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.87% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was $8,602 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($8,250).

Primary care physicians in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD see 1137 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.977% increase from the previous year (1126 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1321 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 463 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dorchester County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.8%). Additionally, Somerset County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1137 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Maryland see an average of 1137 patients per year. This represents a 0.977% increase from the previous year (1126 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,602

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,343

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,677

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,000

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maryland (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $8,250 to $8,602.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.92%

Uninsured

54.5%

Employer Coverage

15.5%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

1.87%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD declined by 2.41% from 5.04% to 4.92%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.8% prevalence

  2. 13.7% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Dorchester County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maryland, at 15.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Maryland by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is home to a population of 2.81M people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.1% of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is composed of 1.58M White Alone residents (56.4%), 807k Black or African American Alone residents (28.8%), 165k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.87%), 160k Asian Alone residents (5.68%), 77.5k Two or More Races residents (2.76%), 8.63k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.307%), 6.18k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.22%), and 767 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0273%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are Spanish or Spanish Creole (107,765 speakers), African Languages (23,045 speakers), and Chinese (21,535 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was 38.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.85%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10.1% of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was 9.85%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,048 ± 7,814 people

  2. India

    59,523 ± 5,960 people

  3. China

    45,415 ± 5,212 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,048 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD residents, followed by India with 59,523 and China with 45,415.

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Citizenship

95.1%

2017 Citizenship

95.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.1% of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was 95.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1.58M ± 1.84k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    807k ± 5.24k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    165k ± 10.3k

In 2017, there were 1.96 times more White Alone residents (1.58M people) in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 807k Black or African American Alone and 165k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    107,765 speakers (4.1%)

  2. African Languages

    23,045 speakers (0.877%)

  3. Chinese

    21,535 speakers (0.82%)

12.5% of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 4.1% of the overall population of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.877% speak African Languages and 0.82% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    51,034 ± 2,951

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    41,356 ± 3,355

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    26,048 ± 2,756

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD awarded 42,821 degrees. The student population of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is skewed towards women, with 72,897 male students and 101,954 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are White (22,590 and 57%), followed by Black or African American (8,700 and 21.9%), Asian (3,157 and 7.96%), and Hispanic or Latino (2,311 and 5.83%).

The largest universities in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD by number of degrees awarded are Johns Hopkins University (8,437 and 19.7%), Towson University (5,849 and 13.7%), and University of Maryland-Baltimore County (3,661 and 8.55%).

The most popular majors in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are Registered Nursing (2,445 and 5.71%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (2,059 and 4.81%), and General Business Administration & Management (1,775 and 4.15%).

The median tuition costs in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD are $40,580 for private four year colleges, and $6,585 and $18,242 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,424 degrees awarded

  2. 1,099 degrees awarded

  3. 1,023 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was Registered Nursing with 1,424 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,437 degrees awarded

  2. 5,849 degrees awarded

  3. 3,661 degrees awarded

$6,585

Median In-State Public

$40,580

Median Private

In 2016, the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD institution with the largest number of graduating students was Johns Hopkins University with 8,437 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

17,164

Degrees Awarded to Men

25,657

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 17,164 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, which is 0.669 times less than the 25,657 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    22,590 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    8,700 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    3,157 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD were to White students. These 22,590 degrees mean that there were 2.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 8,700 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was $297,300 in 2017, which is 1.37 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $293,900 to $297,300, a 1.16% increase. The homeownership rate in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is 66.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD have an average commute time of 29.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$77,394

Median Household Income

± $1,431

1.05M

Number of Households

± 15,534

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.05M households in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD grew to $77,394 from the previous year's value of $76,788.

The following chart displays the households in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$297,300

2017 Median

± $3,300

$293,900

2016 Median

± $2,960

In 2017, the median property value in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD grew to to $297,300 from the previous year's value of $293,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.6%

2017 Homeownership

65.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.6% of the housing units in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

29.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD have a longer commute time (29.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 4.32% of the workforce in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.4%

  2. Carpooled

    7.96%

  3. Public Transit

    6.83%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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