Charles County, MD

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2021 Population
165,209
2.33% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ben Cardin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Van Hollen
Democratic Party
2021 Median Age
38.7
0.519% 1-year increase
N/A Poverty Rate
6.94%
N/A 1-year N/A
2021 Median Household Income
$107,808
3.98% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$339,000
3.73% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
82,491
1.26% 1-year growth

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In 2021, Charles County, MD had a population of 165k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $107,808. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Charles County, MD grew from 161,448 to 165,209, a 2.33% increase and its median household income grew from $103,678 to $107,808, a 3.98% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Charles County, MD are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (47.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (37%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.16%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.32%), and White (Hispanic) (3.04%).

None of the households in Charles County, MD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.3% of the residents in Charles County, MD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charles County, MD are College of Southern Maryland (1,757 degrees awarded in 2021).

In 2021, the median property value in Charles County, MD was $339,000, and the homeownership rate was 78.3%.

Most people in Charles County, MD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 44.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Charles County, MD was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Charles County, MD is home to a population of 165k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2021, 7.11% of Charles County, MD residents were born outside of the country (11.7k people).

In 2021, there were 1.27 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (77.9k people) in Charles County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.1k White (Non-Hispanic) and 8.53k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.3%
2021 Citizenship
97.6%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 97.3% of Charles County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Charles County, MD was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Charles County, MD
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    77.9k ± 1.15k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    61.1k ± 243
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    8.53k ± 1.19k
6.37%
Hispanic Population
10.5k people

In 2021, there were 1.27 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (77.9k people) in Charles County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.1k White (Non-Hispanic) and 8.53k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.37% of the people in Charles County, MD are hispanic (10.5k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    110,106 ± 8,073 people
  2. India
    60,915 ± 6,029 people
  3. China
    44,188 ± 5,142 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maryland was El Salvador, the natal country of 110,106 Maryland residents, followed by India with 60,915 and China with 44,188.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.11%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
11.7k people
6.45%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
10.4k people

As of 2021, 7.11% of Charles County, MD residents (11.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Charles County, MD was 6.45%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,775 ± 635
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,438 ± 552
  3. Vietnam
    3,047 ± 336

Charles County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Charles County, MD employs 82.5k people. The largest industries in Charles County, MD are Public Administration (17,316 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,911 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (7,911 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($98,509), Information ($85,000), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($78,329).

Males in Maryland have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $71,677. The income inequality in Maryland (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

82.5k
2021 Value
± 2,412
1.26%
1 Year growth
± 4%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Charles County, MD grew at a rate of 1.26%, from 81.5k employees to 82.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charles County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,700 people), Management Occupations (9,054 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,898 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charles County, MD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

82.5k
2021 Value
± 2,412
1.26%
1 Year growth
± 4%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Charles County, MD grew at a rate of 1.26%, from 81.5k employees to 82.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charles County, MD, are Public Administration (17,316 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,911 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (7,911 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$65,013
Median earning men ± $1,910
$54,192
Median earning women ± $1,504

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Public Administration ($99,469), Information ($92,473), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($73,143).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Public Administration ($97,860), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($75,417), and Information ($69,808).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Maryland. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Maryland.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,188
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 580
    Retail Trade
  3. 536
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $574k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $278k
    Retail Trade
  3. $238k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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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. $28.8B
  2. $23.9B
  3. $20B

In 2020, the top outbound Maryland product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $28.8B, followed by Mixed freight ($23.9B) and Electronics ($20B).

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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$216B
2020 Value in Maryland
$445B
Projected 2050 Value in Maryland
106% growth

In 2020, total outbound Maryland trade was $216B. This is expected to increase 106% to $445B by 2050.

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. $23.2B
  2. $18.3B
  3. $9.44B

In 2020, the top outbound Maryland domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Virginia with $23.2B, followed by Pennsylvania with $18.3B and New York and $9.44B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maryland shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Charles County, MD went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 69.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28.6%), followed by Other (1.09%).

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.

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

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, excluding special elections, 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 Maryland have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Charles County, MD awarded 1,757 degrees. The student population of Charles County, MD in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 2,081 male students and 3,579 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charles County, MD are White (1,061 and 61%), followed by Black or African American (341 and 19.6%), Two or More Races (115 and 6.62%), and Hispanic or Latino (110 and 6.33%).

The largest universities in Charles County, MD by number of degrees awarded are College of Southern Maryland (1,757 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Charles County, MD are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (647 and 36.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (357 and 20.3%), and Registered Nursing (113 and 6.43%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2021 there were 5,660 students enrolled in Charles County, MD, 36.8% men and 63.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,744 records, of which 62.5% were women and 37.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 357 degrees awarded
  2. 132 degrees awarded
  3. 113 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Charles County, MD was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 357 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,757 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was College of Southern Maryland with 1,757 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2021, 574 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charles County, MD, which is 0.485 times less than the 1,183 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,061 degrees mean that there were 3.11 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 341 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($5,640) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,410) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,229) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 1.02% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.962% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (1.19M), Bachelors Degree (1.01M), and Some college (978k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Charles County, MD was $339,000 in 2021, which is 1.38 times larger than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $326,800 to $339,000, a 3.73% increase. The homeownership rate in Charles County, MD is 78.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Charles County, MD have an average commute time of 44.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Charles County, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Charles County, MD is $107,808. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Charles County, MD was Census Tract 8507.13 with a value of $148,459, followed by Census Tract 8506 and Census Tract 8513.01, with respective values of $137,159 and $136,042.

In 2022, 14.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Charles County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.65%.

Property

$339,000
Median Property Value 2021
±$3,793
$45,520
Median Property Taxes
±$1,396

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Charles County, MD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

78.3%
Homeownership
2021
71.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 78.3% of the housing units in Charles County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 8507.13
  2. Census Tract 8506
  3. Census Tract 8513.01

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charles County, MD was Census Tract 8507.13 with a value of $148,459, followed by Census Tract 8506 and Census Tract 8513.01, with respective values of $137,159 and $136,042.

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

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Household Income

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$107,808
Median Household Income
± $2,097
58.1k
Number of Households
± 1,865

In 2021, the median household income of the 58.1k households in Charles County, MD grew to $107,808 from the previous year's value of $103,678.

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 $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Charles County, MD is from Maryland.
0.456
2021 Wage GINI in Maryland
0.457
2020 Wage GINI in Maryland

In 2021, the income inequality in Maryland was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.194% decline from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Maryland was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (77.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.62%)
  3. Carpooled (6.73%)

In 2021, 77.2% of workers in Charles County, MD drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.62%) and those who carpooled to work (6.73%).

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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Commute Time

44.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charles County, MD have a longer commute time (44.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 12.3% of the workforce in Charles County, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Charles County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.65%.

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Poverty & Diversity

6.94% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charles County, MD (96.3k out of 1.39M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 9.3% of the children was living in poverty in Charles County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 357 in Charles County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 99.7 per 100,000 population.

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95.5% of the population of Charles County, MD has health coverage, with 56.4% on employee plans, 11% on Medicaid, 8.35% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 5.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Charles County, MD see 2721 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.12% increase from the previous year (2564 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1442 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 539 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,721 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Charles County, MD

Primary care physicians in Charles County, MD see an average of 2,721 patients per year. This represents a 6.12% increase from the previous year (2,564 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26% under 18 years, 19.2% between 18 and 34 years, 42.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.46%
Uninsured
56.4%
Employer Coverage
11%
Medicaid
8.35%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
5.23%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charles County, MD grew by 5.54% from 4.23% to 4.46%.

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 Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 59.8 in Charles County, MD.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 43.6% in Charles County, MD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 4.77% in Charles County, MD.

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