Somerset County, MD

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Population

25,801

0.378% decline

Median Age

37


Median Household Income

$39,239

9.34% growth

Poverty Rate

22.5%


Number of Employees

8,593

3.99% growth

Median Property Value

$131,000

0.607% decline

About

In 2017, Somerset County, MD had a population of 25.8k people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $39,239. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Somerset County, MD declined from 25,899 to 25,801, a -0.378% decrease and its median household income grew from $35,886 to $39,239, a 9.34% increase.

The population of Somerset County, MD is 51.5% White Alone, 41.8% Black or African American Alone, and 3.51% Hispanic or Latino. 7.5% of the people in Somerset County, MD speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, MD are University of Maryland Eastern Shore (768 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Somerset County, MD is $131,000, and the homeownership rate is 64.6%. Most people in Somerset County, MD commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Somerset County, MD is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Somerset County, MD employs 8.59k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,242 people), Educational Services (1,240 people), and Public Administration (1,064 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($78,125), Utilities ($55,833), and Public Administration ($47,679).

Median household income in Somerset County, MD is $39,239. Males in Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,239

2017 value

± $4,330

9.34%

1 Year Growth

± 13.3%

Households in Somerset County, MD have a median annual income of $39,239, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,886 in 2016, which represents a 9.34% 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 Somerset 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 Somerset 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 Somerset 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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Somerset County, MD by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Somerset 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 9305

  2. Census Tract 9303

  3. Census Tract 9301.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, MD was Census Tract 9305 with a value of $51,096, followed by Census Tract 9303 and Census Tract 9301.02, with respective values of $39,839 and $39,375.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Somerset 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

22.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, MD (4.43k out of 19.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher 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 < 5.

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

    2,092 ± 275

  2. Black

    1,979 ± 448

  3. Hispanic

    298 ± 159

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Somerset 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

8.59k

2017 Value

± 630

3.99%

1 Year growth

± 10.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Somerset County, MD grew at a rate of 3.99%, from 8.26k employees to 8.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,227 people), Management Occupations (728 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (662 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Somerset County, MD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Somerset County, MD, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,227 people), Management Occupations (728 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (662 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, MD has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (5.47 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.98 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.62 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Somerset County, MD, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($77,424), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,294), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($61,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.59k

2017 Value

± 630

3.99%

1 Year growth

± 10.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Somerset County, MD grew at a rate of 3.99%, from 8.26k employees to 8.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,242 people), Educational Services (1,240 people), and Public Administration (1,064 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Somerset County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,242 people), Educational Services (1,240 people), and Public Administration (1,064 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, MD has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.06 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.65 times), and Educational Services (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Somerset County, MD, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($78,125), Utilities ($55,833), and Public Administration ($47,679).

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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

91.3% of the population of Somerset County, MD has health coverage, with 39.3% on employee plans, 26.2% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, MD see 3221 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.34% decrease from the previous year (3232 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 682 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

3221 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, MD see an average of 3221 patients per year. This represents a 0.34% decrease from the previous year (3232 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

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%).

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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

8.75%

Uninsured

39.3%

Employer Coverage

26.2%

Medicaid

13.6%

Medicare

10.7%

Non-Group

1.46%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, MD declined by 4.25% from 9.14% to 8.75%.

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

Somerset County, MD is home to a population of 25.8k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.1% of Somerset County, MD residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Somerset County, MD is composed of 13.3k White Alone residents (51.5%), 10.8k Black or African American Alone residents (41.8%), 906 Hispanic or Latino residents (3.51%), 467 Two or More Races residents (1.81%), 266 Asian Alone residents (1.03%), 91 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.353%), 8 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.031%), and 4 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0155%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Somerset County, MD are Spanish or Spanish Creole (672 speakers), Other Asian Languages (358 speakers), and Arabic (222 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Somerset County, MD was 37. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Somerset County, MD are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Somerset County, MD residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 6.1% of Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD was 5.1%, 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 Somerset County, MD was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,722 Somerset County, MD residents, followed by India with 58,285 and China with 42,414.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Somerset County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, MD was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13.3k ± 8

  2. Black or African American Alone

    10.8k ± 137

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    906 ± 293

In 2017, there were 1.23 times more White Alone residents (13.3k people) in Somerset County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.8k Black or African American Alone and 906 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 Somerset County, MD as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    672 speakers (2.72%)

  2. Other Asian Languages

    358 speakers (1.45%)

  3. Arabic

    222 speakers (0.898%)

7.5% of Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.72% of the overall population of Somerset County, MD are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.45% speak Other Asian Languages and 0.898% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    533 ± 125

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    271 ± 103

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    270 ± 119

Somerset County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Somerset County, MD awarded 768 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, MD is skewed towards women, with 1,713 male students and 2,191 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, MD are Black or African American (439 and 60.1%), followed by White (144 and 19.7%), Two or More Races (100 and 13.7%), and Asian (19 and 2.6%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, MD by number of degrees awarded are University of Maryland Eastern Shore (768 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, MD are Criminal Justice - Police Science (77 and 10%), General Biological Sciences (63 and 8.2%), and Other Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions (57 and 7.42%).

The median tuition costs in Somerset County, MD are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,105 and $14,189 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 63 degrees awarded

  2. 45 degrees awarded

  3. 77 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Somerset County, MD was General Biological Sciences with 63 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

768 degrees awarded

$5,105

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Somerset County, MD institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Maryland Eastern Shore with 768 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

308

Degrees Awarded to Men

460

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 308 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, MD, which is 0.67 times less than the 460 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    439 degrees awarded

  2. White

    144 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    100 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Somerset County, MD were to Black or African American students. These 439 degrees mean that there were 3.05 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 144 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, MD was $131,000 in 2017, which is 0.602 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $131,800 to $131,000, a 0.607% decrease. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, MD is 64.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Somerset County, MD have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Somerset 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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$39,239

Median Household Income

± $4,330

8.36k

Number of Households

± 619

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.36k households in Somerset County, MD grew to $39,239 from the previous year's value of $35,886.

The following chart displays the households in Somerset 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$131,000

2017 Median

± $15,078

$131,800

2016 Median

± $11,354

In 2017, the median property value in Somerset County, MD declined from to $131,000 from the previous year's value of $131,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.6%

2017 Homeownership

64.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.6% of the housing units in Somerset County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Somerset County, MD have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, MD have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.79% of the workforce in Somerset County, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.6%

  2. Carpooled

    6.21%

  3. Walked

    5.61%

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

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