Washington County, MD

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Population

149,546

0.0167% decline

Median Age

40.6


Median Household Income

$58,260

3.45% growth

Poverty Rate

12.8%


Number of Employees

67,375

0.384% growth

Median Property Value

$205,300

3.22% growth

About

In 2017, Washington County, MD had a population of 150k people with a median age of 40.6 and a median household income of $58,260. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Washington County, MD declined from 149,571 to 149,546, a -0.0167% decrease and its median household income grew from $56,316 to $58,260, a 3.45% increase.

The population of Washington County, MD is 80.4% White Alone, 10% Black or African American Alone, and 4.48% Hispanic or Latino. 7.03% of the people in Washington County, MD speak a non-English language, and 97.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Washington County, MD are Hagerstown Community College (903 degrees awarded in 2016), Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus (266 degrees), and Award Beauty School (91 degrees).

The median property value in Washington County, MD is $205,300, and the homeownership rate is 64.5%. Most people in Washington County, MD commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Washington County, MD is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Washington County, MD employs 67.4k people. The largest industries in Washington County, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,829 people), Retail Trade (8,165 people), and Educational Services (5,534 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($64,375), Utilities ($61,023), and Public Administration ($57,813).

Median household income in Washington County, MD is $58,260. Males in Washington 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 Washington County, MD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$58,260

2017 value

± $1,909

3.45%

1 Year Growth

± 3.76%

Households in Washington County, MD have a median annual income of $58,260, 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 $56,316 in 2016, which represents a 3.45% 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 Washington County, MD made 1.26 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. 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 113.02

  2. Census Tract 102

  3. Census Tract 115

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Washington County, MD was Census Tract 113.02 with a value of $87,361, followed by Census Tract 102 and Census Tract 115, with respective values of $81,207 and $80,326.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Washington 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

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Washington County, MD (18k out of 141k 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. White

    12,200 ± 781

  2. Black

    3,532 ± 438

  3. Two Or More

    1,675 ± 320

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

67.4k

2017 Value

± 1,652

0.384%

1 Year growth

± 3.53%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, MD grew at a rate of 0.384%, from 67.1k employees to 67.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Washington County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,407 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,478 people), and Management Occupations (6,421 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Washington County, MD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Washington County, MD, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,407 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,478 people), and Management Occupations (6,421 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, MD has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.95 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.72 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Washington County, MD, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,417), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,873), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($73,624).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

67.4k

2017 Value

± 1,652

0.384%

1 Year growth

± 3.53%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, MD grew at a rate of 0.384%, from 67.1k employees to 67.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Washington County, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,829 people), Retail Trade (8,165 people), and Educational Services (5,534 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Washington County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Washington 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 Washington County, MD, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,829 people), Retail Trade (8,165 people), and Educational Services (5,534 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, MD has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.72 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.51 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Washington County, MD, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($64,375), Utilities ($61,023), and Public Administration ($57,813).

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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

93% of the population of Washington County, MD has health coverage, with 49.1% on employee plans, 18.6% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.71% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Washington County, MD see 1700 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.29% increase from the previous year (1662 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1670 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 485 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

1700 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Washington County, MD see an average of 1700 patients per year. This represents a 2.29% increase from the previous year (1662 patients).

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

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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

6.96%

Uninsured

49.1%

Employer Coverage

18.6%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

1.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Washington County, MD declined by 11.6% from 7.88% to 6.96%.

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

Washington County, MD is home to a population of 150k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.05% of Washington County, MD residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Washington County, MD is composed of 120k White Alone residents (80.4%), 15k Black or African American Alone residents (10%), 6.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.48%), 4.67k Two or More Races residents (3.12%), 2.6k Asian Alone residents (1.74%), 218 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.146%), 136 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0909%), and 62 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0415%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Washington County, MD are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,475 speakers), German (684 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (676 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Washington County, MD was 40.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Washington County, MD are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Washington County, MD residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.05%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.22%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.05% of Washington 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 Washington County, MD was 5.22%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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

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Citizenship

97.8%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.8% of Washington County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Washington County, MD was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    120k ± 49

  2. Black or African American Alone

    15k ± 560

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    6.7k ± 700

In 2017, there were 8.03 times more White Alone residents (120k people) in Washington County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15k Black or African American Alone and 6.7k 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 Washington County, MD as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,475 speakers (3.18%)

  2. German

    684 speakers (0.487%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    676 speakers (0.481%)

7.03% of Washington 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 Washington County, MD was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.18% of the overall population of Washington County, MD are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.487% speak German and 0.481% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,616 ± 294

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,044 ± 321

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,584 ± 287

Washington County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Washington County, MD awarded 1,260 degrees. The student population of Washington County, MD is skewed towards women, with 1,745 male students and 3,145 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Washington County, MD are White (964 and 77%), followed by Black or African American (140 and 11.2%), Hispanic or Latino (58 and 4.63%), and Two or More Races (36 and 2.88%).

The largest universities in Washington County, MD by number of degrees awarded are Hagerstown Community College (903 and 71.7%), Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus (266 and 21.1%), and Award Beauty School (91 and 7.22%).

The most popular majors in Washington County, MD are Liberal Arts & Sciences (196 and 15.6%), General Business (105 and 8.33%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (104 and 8.25%).

The median tuition costs in Washington 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

Most Common

  1. 78 degrees awarded

  2. 196 degrees awarded

  3. 105 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Washington County, MD was Registered Nursing with 78 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 903 degrees awarded

  2. 266 degrees awarded

  3. 91 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Washington County, MD institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hagerstown Community College with 903 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

458

Degrees Awarded to Men

802

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 458 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Washington County, MD, which is 0.571 times less than the 802 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

    964 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    140 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    58 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Washington County, MD were to White students. These 964 degrees mean that there were 6.89 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 140 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Washington County, MD was $205,300 in 2017, which is 0.943 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $198,900 to $205,300, a 3.22% increase. The homeownership rate in Washington County, MD is 64.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Washington County, MD have an average commute time of 27.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Washington 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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$58,260

Median Household Income

± $1,909

56k

Number of Households

± 1,546

In 2017, the median household income of the 56k households in Washington County, MD grew to $58,260 from the previous year's value of $56,316.

The following chart displays the households in Washington 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

$205,300

2017 Median

± $4,620

$198,900

2016 Median

± $4,178

In 2017, the median property value in Washington County, MD grew to to $205,300 from the previous year's value of $198,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Washington 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 Washington County, MD the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Washington County, MD distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Washington County, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

64.5%

2017 Homeownership

64.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.5% of the housing units in Washington County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.5%.

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

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Commute Time

27.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Washington County, MD have a longer commute time (27.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.75% of the workforce in Washington County, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.78%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.77%

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

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