Charles County, MD

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Population

156,021

1.08% growth

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$93,973

2.85% growth

Poverty Rate

6.95%


Number of Employees

78,635

1.11% growth

Median Property Value

$294,000

2.23% growth

About

In 2017, Charles County, MD had a population of 156k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $93,973. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Charles County, MD grew from 154,357 to 156,021, a 1.08% increase and its median household income grew from $91,373 to $93,973, a 2.85% increase.

The population of Charles County, MD is 43.1% White Alone, 42.8% Black or African American Alone, and 5.36% Hispanic or Latino. 7.3% of the people in Charles County, MD speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charles County, MD are College of Southern Maryland (1,926 degrees awarded in 2016) and Aaron's Academy of Beauty (11 degrees).

The median property value in Charles County, MD is $294,000, and the homeownership rate is 77.3%. Most people in Charles County, MD commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 42.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Charles County, MD is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Charles County, MD employs 78.6k people. The largest industries in Charles County, MD are Public Administration (14,997 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,689 people), and Retail Trade (8,728 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($87,571), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,789), and Utilities ($72,138).

Median household income in Charles County, MD is $93,973. Males in Charles County, MD have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $61,332. The income inequality in Charles County, MD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$93,973

2017 value

± $2,130

2.85%

1 Year Growth

± 2.92%

Households in Charles County, MD have a median annual income of $93,973, 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 $91,373 in 2016, which represents a 2.85% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$77,536

Average Male Salary

± $1,629

$61,332

Average Female Salary

± $1,200

In 2017, full-time male employees in Charles County, MD made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Charles County, MD by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Alaska Native

    $90,993 ± $115,433

  2. Asian

    $68,448 ± $4,004

  3. White

    $67,584 ± $1,364

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Charles County, MD workers was Alaska Native. These workers were paid 1.33 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 Charles County, MD is from Maryland.

0.461

2017 Wage GINI

0.459

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 0.363% 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Maryland across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8514

  2. Census Tract 8507.08

  3. Census Tract 8507.13

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charles County, MD was Census Tract 8514 with a value of $125,966, followed by Census Tract 8507.08 and Census Tract 8507.13, with respective values of $123,750 and $121,071.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Charles County, MD colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

6.95% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charles County, MD (10.7k out of 154k 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 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    5,948 ± 629

  2. White

    3,710 ± 426

  3. Two Or More

    630 ± 186

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Charles County, MD is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

78.6k

2017 Value

± 1,892

1.11%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Charles County, MD grew at a rate of 1.11%, from 77.8k employees to 78.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charles County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,105 people), Management Occupations (9,660 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,337 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charles County, MD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Charles County, MD, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,105 people), Management Occupations (9,660 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,337 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Charles County, MD has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.64 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.41 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.01 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Charles County, MD, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($95,630), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($94,342), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($89,726).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

78.6k

2017 Value

± 1,892

1.11%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Charles County, MD grew at a rate of 1.11%, from 77.8k employees to 78.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charles County, MD, are Public Administration (14,997 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,689 people), and Retail Trade (8,728 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Charles County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Charles County, 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 Charles County, MD, by number of employees, are Public Administration (14,997 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,689 people), and Retail Trade (8,728 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Charles County, MD has an unusually high number of Public Administration (4.08 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.48 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Charles County, MD, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($87,571), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,789), and Utilities ($72,138).

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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

95.9% of the population of Charles County, MD has health coverage, with 57.7% on employee plans, 11.3% on Medicaid, 7.86% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 5.51% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Charles County, MD was $8,602 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($8,250).

Primary care physicians in Charles County, MD see 2478 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.48% increase from the previous year (2418 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1421 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 789 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

2,478 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Charles County, MD see an average of 2,478 patients per year. This represents a 2.48% increase from the previous year (2,418 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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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

4.07%

Uninsured

57.7%

Employer Coverage

11.3%

Medicaid

7.86%

Medicare

13.6%

Non-Group

5.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charles County, MD declined by 7.64% from 4.41% to 4.07%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Charles County, MD changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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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

Charles County, MD is home to a population of 156k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.06% of Charles County, MD residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Charles County, MD is composed of 67.3k White Alone residents (43.1%), 66.8k Black or African American Alone residents (42.8%), 8.36k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.36%), 7.42k Two or More Races residents (4.75%), 4.87k Asian Alone residents (3.12%), 878 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.563%), 299 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.192%), and 163 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.104%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Charles County, MD are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,492 speakers), Tagalog (1,122 speakers), and German (572 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Charles County, MD was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Charles County, MD are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Charles County, MD residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.06%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 6.06% of Charles County, 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 Charles County, MD was 6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    107,722 ± 7,985 people

  2. India

    58,285 ± 5,898 people

  3. China

    42,414 ± 5,038 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Charles County, MD was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,722 Charles County, MD residents, followed by India with 58,285 and China with 42,414.

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Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Charles County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Charles County, MD was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    67.3k ± 63

  2. Black or African American Alone

    66.8k ± 940

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    8.36k ± 688

In 2017, there were 1.01 times more White Alone residents (67.3k people) in Charles County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 66.8k Black or African American Alone and 8.36k 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 Charles County, MD as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,492 speakers (3.13%)

  2. Tagalog

    1,122 speakers (0.782%)

  3. German

    572 speakers (0.399%)

7.3% of Charles County, 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 Charles County, MD was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.13% of the overall population of Charles County, MD are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.782% speak Tagalog and 0.399% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,701 ± 505

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,397 ± 466

  3. Vietnam

    3,161 ± 310

Charles County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.68 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Charles County, MD awarded 1,937 degrees. The student population of Charles County, MD is skewed towards women, with 3,044 male students and 4,652 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charles County, MD are White (1,281 and 66.3%), followed by Black or African American (347 and 18%), Hispanic or Latino (102 and 5.28%), and Two or More Races (89 and 4.61%).

The largest universities in Charles County, MD by number of degrees awarded are College of Southern Maryland (1,926 and 99.4%) and Aaron's Academy of Beauty (11 and 0.568%).

The most popular majors in Charles County, MD are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (877 and 45.3%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (209 and 10.8%), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (185 and 9.55%).

The median tuition costs in Charles County, MD are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Charles County, MD was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 435 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Charles County, MD according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,926 degrees awarded

  2. 11 degrees awarded

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Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Charles County, MD institution with the largest number of graduating students was College of Southern Maryland with 1,926 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

747

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,190

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 747 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charles County, MD, which is 0.628 times less than the 1,190 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

    1,281 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    347 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    102 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Charles County, MD were to White students. These 1,281 degrees mean that there were 3.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 347 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charles County, MD was $294,000 in 2017, which is 1.35 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $287,600 to $294,000, a 2.23% increase. The homeownership rate in Charles County, MD is 77.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Charles County, MD have an average commute time of 42.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Charles County, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$93,973

Median Household Income

± $2,130

55k

Number of Households

± 1,567

In 2017, the median household income of the 55k households in Charles County, MD grew to $93,973 from the previous year's value of $91,373.

The following chart displays the households in Charles County, 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

$294,000

2017 Median

± $4,269

$287,600

2016 Median

± $3,481

In 2017, the median property value in Charles County, MD grew to to $294,000 from the previous year's value of $287,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Charles County, 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 Charles County, 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 Charles County, MD distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Charles County, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

77.3%

2017 Homeownership

77.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.3% of the housing units in Charles County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Charles County, 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 Charles County, MD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Charles County, MD have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

42.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charles County, MD have a longer commute time (42.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 11.7% of the workforce in Charles County, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.4%

  2. Carpooled

    7.34%

  3. Public Transit

    5.78%

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

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