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Income

Maryland residents enjoy income levels that are well above the national average.  The state's top income rankings include:

  • The highest median household income in the nation at $70,004 for 2011, which is 39 percent above the national median. 
  • A 2011 per capita personal income of $50,656, ranking fifth among the 50 states, and topping the national average by 22 percent.
  • From 2001 to 2011, Maryland's per capita personal income increased by 40 percent.

Income levels vary from region to region within the state, with higher incomes concentrated in the urbanized counties of the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Top ranking counties for median household:

  • Howard County, ranking first in the state at $99,040
  • Montgomery County, ranking second at $92,288

Income Estimates for Maryland Jurisdictions

 

2011 Median Household Income

2011
Per Capita
 Income

2011 Total Personal
Income (000’s)

Allegany County

$38,504

$32,855

$2,453,991

Anne Arundel County

$82,980

$56,270

$30,633,776

Baltimore City

$38,478

$42,036

$26,040,916

Baltimore County

$62,309

$50,926

$41,247,408

Calvert County

$88,406

$47,483

$4,238,187

Caroline County

$50,809

$32,819

$1,082,546

Carroll County

$82,553

$45,507

$7,612,765

Cecil County

$61,191

$39,689

$4,036,174

Charles County

$88,575

$44,778

$6,677,709

Dorchester County

$41,829

$34,771

$1,134,936

Frederick County

$77,872

$46,610

$11,034,674

Garrett County

$41,829

$38,463

$1,155,860

Harford County

$77,095

$49,329

$12,159,148

Howard County

$99,040

$66,300

$19,435,303

Kent County

$49,795

$44,489

$898,852

Montgomery County

$92,288

$69,762

$69,050,166

Prince George's County

$70,114

$40,215

$35,036,640

Queen Anne's County

$75,158

$49,605

$2,398,624

Somerset County

$35,426

$28,387

$747,680

St. Mary's County

$80,943

$44,849

$4,820,539

Talbot County

$55,145

$55,721

$2,118,791

Washington County

$52,028

$37,008

$5,484,690

Wicomico County

$45,788

$34,985

$3,470,201

Worcester County

$48,472

$43,987

$2,265,940

Sources:  Median Household Income from the U.S. Census Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates; Personal Income from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Combined Statistical Area, which includes nearly 90 percent of Maryland's population, is one of the wealthiest in the nation.  Among U.S. combined metros, it ranks first in median household income ($78,730 in 2011) and third in total personal income ($489 billion in 2011).

In addition to high income levels, Maryland also has one of the lowest poverty rates in the nation.  Only 10.1 percent (2011) of the state's residents live below the poverty level, compared with 15.9 percent for the United States as a whole.

Additional demographic data is available through the Maryland State Data Center.

Demographic data for Maryland counties and major metro areas are available in the Comparisons Tool.

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