Howard County, Maryland Population 2024

335,659

Howard County, Maryland's estimated 2024 population is 335,659 with a growth rate of 0.04% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Howard County, Maryland is the 6th largest county in Maryland. The 2010 population was 288,618 and has seen a growth of 16.3% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029336,2791240.04%
2028336,1551240.04%
2027336,0311240.04%
2026335,9071240.04%
2025335,7831240.04%
2024335,6591240.04%
2023335,5351240.04%
2022335,4111240.04%
2021335,2872,5010.75%
2020332,7866,8352.1%
2019325,9513,0560.95%
2018322,8953,4861.09%
2017319,4093,8281.21%
2016315,5814,1641.34%
2015311,4174,4281.44%
2014306,9893,3991.12%
2013303,5904,3671.46%
2012299,2235,6271.92%
2011293,5964,9781.72%
2010288,618
1990187,32868,75657.99%
1980118,57256,66191.52%
197061,91125,75971.25%
196036,15213,03356.37%
195023,1195,94434.61%
194017,1751,0066.22%
193016,1693432.17%
192015,826-280-1.74%
191016,106-609-3.64%
190016,7154462.74%
189016,2691290.8%
188016,1401,99014.06%
187014,1508126.09%
186013,338-322,941-96.03%
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2024 Growth Rate
0.04% (124)
County Website
Howard County
County Seat
2010 Population
288,618
Area
251 mi²
Density
1337 people/mi²
Growth Since 2010
16.3% (47,041)
Founded
May 13, 1838

Howard County, Maryland Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White168,56350.77%
Black or African American66,56820.05%
Asian62,58218.85%
Two or more races24,2387.3%
Other race9,2222.78%
Native American6320.19%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander2060.06%
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Howard County, Maryland Population by Race

Howard County, Maryland Population Pyramid 2024

Howard County, Maryland Median Age

39.2

Total

38.1

Male

40.2

Female

Howard County, Maryland Adults

There are 252,442 adults, (48,061 of whom are seniors) in Howard County, Maryland.

Howard County, Maryland Age Dependency

62.4

Age Dependency Ratio

23.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Howard County, Maryland Sex Ratio

Female168,00050.6%
Male164,01149.4%

Howard County, Maryland Population by Age

Howard County, Maryland Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All119,2302.7672.127.9
Married70,0273.3285.214.8
Non Family31,5161.351.648.4
Female13,1653.1554.245.8
Male4,5223.1562.937.1
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3.23

Average Family Size

2.76

Average Household Size

72.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Howard County, Maryland Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Howard County, Maryland Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Howard County, Maryland Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.37%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 71.67%.

Howard County, Maryland Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$83,695

Average Earnings

$99,720

Average Male

$68,696

Average Female

Howard County, Maryland Earnings by Educational Attainment

Howard County, Maryland Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Howard County, Maryland Language

73.48% of Howard County, Maryland residents speak only English, while 26.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 11.09% of the population.

Howard County, Maryland Language

Howard County, Maryland Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black65,0598,09112.44%
White159,6224,6402.91%
Asian62,5072,9074.65%
Hispanic24,5201,3725.6%
Multiple24,1809243.82%
Other8,9215285.92%
Native632111.74%
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5.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

4.64%

Male Poverty Rate

6.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Howard County, Maryland

The race most likely to be in poverty in Howard County, Maryland is Black, with 12.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Howard County, Maryland is Native, with 1.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 7.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.16%.

Howard County, Maryland Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.18%
High School11.62%
Some College5.84%
Bachelors or Greater2.09%
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Howard County, Maryland Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed19.23%
Female Unemployed18.28%
Female Employed3.46%
Male Employed1.14%
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Howard County, Maryland Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Howard County, Maryland Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Howard County, Maryland Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

55.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

58.5%

Male Marriage Rate

53.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Howard County, Maryland Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Howard County, Maryland Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Howard County, Maryland Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Howard County, Maryland Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

15,684

Number of Veterans

13,320

Male Veterans

2,364

Female Veterans

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Howard County, Maryland Veterans by War

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Howard County, Maryland Veterans by Age

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Howard County, Maryland Veterans by Race

Howard County, Maryland Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.28%

Veteran Disability Rate

Howard County, Maryland Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

70.1%

Labor Force Participation

66.6%

Employment Rate

3.8%

Unemployment Rate

Howard County, Maryland Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Howard County, Maryland Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Howard County, Maryland Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

40.63%

Born in Howard County, Maryland

78.18%

Native Born

21.82%

Foreign Born

7.79%

Non Citizen

14.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.18% of Howard County, Maryland residents were born in the United States, with 40.63% having been born in Maryland. 7.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Howard County, Maryland Place of Birth

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