Dorchester County, MD

County

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Population
32,261
0.386% 1-year decline
US Senator
Ben Cardin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Van Hollen
Democratic Party
Median Age
44.5

Poverty Rate
15.8%

Median Household Income
$52,145
3.19% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$179,300
Number of Employees
15,209
0.203% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Dorchester County, MD had a population of 32.3k people with a median age of 44.5 and a median household income of $52,145. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Dorchester County, MD declined from 32,386 to 32,261, a -0.386% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,532 to $52,145, a 3.19% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dorchester County, MD are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (26.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.39%), White (Hispanic) (2.24%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.81%). NaNk% of the people in Dorchester County, MD speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Dorchester County, MD is $179,300, and the homeownership rate is 67.4%. Most people in Dorchester County, MD commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Dorchester County, MD is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Maryland, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Maryland (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Maryland across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Maryland went to Donald J. Trump with 55.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (41%), followed by Other (3.72%). The most partisan county was Prince George's County, MD with 88.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are the senators currently representing the state of Maryland. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Dorchester County, MD is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Maryland
55.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Maryland
  1. 88.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 84.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 76.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Maryland was Prince George's County, MD with 88.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Maryland colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Maryland

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Ben Cardin
Senator from Maryland1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Chris Van Hollen
Senator from Maryland3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are the senators currently representing Maryland.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Maryland over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Maryland

Maryland is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Dorchester County, MD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Dorchester County, MD is home to a population of 32.3k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.43% of Dorchester County, MD residents were born outside of the country (1.11k people).

In 2018, there were 2.37 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.4k people) in Dorchester County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.64k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.09k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dorchester County, MD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20.4k ± 35
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    8.64k ± 243
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.09k ± 242
5.32%
Hispanic Population
1.72k people

In 2018, there were 2.37 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.4k people) in Dorchester County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.64k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.09k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.32% of the people in Dorchester County, MD are hispanic (1.72k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Dorchester County, MD as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.43%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.11k people
3.64%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.18k people

As of 2018, 3.43% of Dorchester County, MD residents (1.11k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dorchester County, MD was 3.64%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Dorchester County, MD was 44.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Dorchester County, MD are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Dorchester County, MD residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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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 Maryland was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,722 Maryland residents, followed by India with 58,285 and China with 42,414.

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Citizenship

97.9%
2018 Citizenship
97.8%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.9% of Dorchester County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Dorchester County, MD was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    700 ± 130
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    405 ± 111
  3. Korea
    238 ± 77

Dorchester County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Dorchester County, MD is $52,145. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Dorchester County, MD was Census Tract 9708.04 with a value of $68,704, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9702, with respective values of $61,944 and $60,909.

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

The economy of Dorchester County, MD employs 15.2k people. The largest industries in Dorchester County, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,366 people), Manufacturing (1,776 people), and Retail Trade (1,610 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,700), Information ($52,660), and Public Administration ($49,130).

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,145
2018 value
± $4,243
3.19%
1 Year Growth
± 10.7%

Households in Dorchester County, MD have a median annual income of $52,145, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,532 in 2017, which represents a 3.19% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$77,536
Average Male Salary in Maryland
± $1,629
$61,332
Average Female Salary in Maryland
± $1,200

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Maryland 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 in Maryland
  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 Maryland 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 in Maryland.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dorchester County, MD is from Maryland.
0.461
2017 Wage GINI in Maryland
0.459
2016 Wage GINI in Maryland

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 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 9708.04
  2. Census Tract 9701
  3. Census Tract 9702

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dorchester County, MD was Census Tract 9708.04 with a value of $68,704, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9702, with respective values of $61,944 and $60,909.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dorchester 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

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dorchester County, MD (5.02k out of 31.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

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. White
    2,520 ± 317
  2. Black
    1,985 ± 318
  3. Hispanic
    562 ± 181

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dorchester County, MD is White, followed by Black 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

15.2k
2018 Value
± 762
-0.203%
1 Year decline
± 7.17%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Dorchester County, MD declined at a rate of -0.203%, from 15.2k employees to 15.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dorchester County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,933 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,480 people), and Management Occupations (1,261 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dorchester County, MD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dorchester County, MD, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,933 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,480 people), and Management Occupations (1,261 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dorchester County, MD has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.81 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.72 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dorchester County, MD, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,063), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($64,492), and Legal Occupations ($56,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.2k
2018 Value
± 762
-0.203%
1 Year decline
± 7.17%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Dorchester County, MD declined at a rate of -0.203%, from 15.2k employees to 15.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dorchester County, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,366 people), Manufacturing (1,776 people), and Retail Trade (1,610 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dorchester County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Dorchester 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 Dorchester County, MD, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,366 people), Manufacturing (1,776 people), and Retail Trade (1,610 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dorchester County, MD has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.99 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.5 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.39 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dorchester County, MD, by median earnings, are Utilities ($62,700), Information ($52,660), and Public Administration ($49,130).

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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 ($17.7B) and Electronics ($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 in Maryland
$243B
Projected 2045 Value in Maryland
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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dorchester County, MD was $179,300 in 2018, which is 0.781 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $179,300 to $179,300, a 0% change. The homeownership rate in Dorchester County, MD is 67.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dorchester County, MD have an average commute time of 26.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dorchester County, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$179,300
2018 Median
± $8,260
$179,300
2017 Median
± $7,681

In 2018, the median property value in Dorchester County, MD stayed at to $179,300 from the previous year's value of $179,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dorchester 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 Dorchester County, MD the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$52,145
Median Household Income
± $4,243
13.3k
Number of Households
± 641

In 2018, the median household income of the 13.3k households in Dorchester County, MD grew to $52,145 from the previous year's value of $50,532.

The following chart displays the households in Dorchester 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dorchester County, MD distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dorchester County, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.4%
2018 Homeownership
65.8%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 67.4% of the housing units in Dorchester County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.8%.

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

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dorchester County, MD have a longer commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 4.44% of the workforce in Dorchester County, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    77.3%
  2. Carpooled
    15.1%
  3. Worked At Home
    3.01%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Dorchester County, MD was Drove Alone (77.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (15.1%) and those who Worked At Home (3.01%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

94.5% of the population of Dorchester County, MD has health coverage, with 39.8% on employee plans, 25.9% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.44% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Dorchester County, MD see 2944 patients per year on average, which represents a 17.5% increase from the previous year (2506 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1792 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 474 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

2,944 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dorchester County, MD

Primary care physicians in Dorchester County, MD see an average of 2,944 patients per year. This represents a 17.5% increase from the previous year (2,506 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dorchester County, MD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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

Data only available at state level.
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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,602
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Maryland
$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

5.53%
Uninsured
39.8%
Employer Coverage
25.9%
Medicaid
15.5%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
1.44%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dorchester County, MD declined by 1.41% from 5.61% to 5.53%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dorchester 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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