Demographic Overview

Home to a highly-educated, affluent, and international population, Howard County offers a talented, diverse community that brings added vitality to local business and culture.

Population by Sex

Female 51%
Male 49%

Population by Race

White 53%
Black 18%
Asian 18%
Hispanic 7%
Other 4%

Educational Attainment

The level of educational achievement in Howard County is very high and has increased significantly since 1990. While the Washington-Baltimore area offers a broad choice of job opportunities for this highly educated workforce, an increasing number of new companies also have opened their doors in Howard County, attracted by this growing workforce.



% of Adults with Bachelors degrees

% of Adults with Advanced degrees

% of Adults with Bachelors degree or higher

United States 19% 12% 31%
Maryland 21% 19% 39%
Howard County 29% 33% 62%


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

For additional information please view the Projections PDF

  • County Data

    Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

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  • Our Community

    Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.

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