Dorchester County, MD

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2022 Population
32,557
0.219% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ben Cardin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Van Hollen
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
43.8
0.68% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
15.4%
2.59% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$57,490
3.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$226,000
18.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Dorchester County, MD had a population of 32.6k people with a median age of 43.8 and a median household income of $57,490. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Dorchester County, MD grew from 32,486 to 32,557, a 0.219% increase and its median household income grew from $55,652 to $57,490, a 3.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dorchester County, MD are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.09%), Other (Hispanic) (3.39%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.43%).

None of the households in Dorchester 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.

97.9% of the residents in Dorchester County, MD are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Dorchester County, MD was $226,000, and the homeownership rate was 68.4%.

Most people in Dorchester County, MD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Dorchester County, MD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Dorchester County, MD is home to a population of 32.6k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.9% of Dorchester County, MD residents were born outside of the country (1.27k people).

In 2022, there were 2.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20k people) in Dorchester County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.33k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.66k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.9%
2022 Citizenship
97.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.9% of Dorchester County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Dorchester County, MD was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dorchester County, MD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20k ± 137
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    8.33k ± 337
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.66k ± 364
6.12%
Hispanic Population
1.99k people

In 2022, there were 2.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20k people) in Dorchester County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.33k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.66k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.12% of the people in Dorchester County, MD are hispanic (1.99k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

3.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.27k people
3.49%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.14k people

As of 2022, 3.9% of Dorchester County, MD residents (1.27k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dorchester County, MD was 3.49%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    900 ± 155
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    285 ± 109
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    247 ± 124

Dorchester County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Dorchester County, MD employs 15k people. The largest industries in Dorchester County, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,399 people), Retail Trade (1,676 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,317 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,048), Public Administration ($67,240), and Wholesale Trade ($60,511).

Occupations

15k
2022 Value
± 835
−0.239%
1 Year decline
± 7.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dorchester County, MD declined at a rate of −0.239%, from 15k employees to 15k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dorchester County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,565 people), Management Occupations (1,517 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,316 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dorchester County, MD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

15k
2022 Value
± 835
−0.239%
1 Year decline
± 7.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dorchester County, MD declined at a rate of −0.239%, from 15k employees to 15k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dorchester County, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,399 people), Retail Trade (1,676 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,317 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dorchester County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Dorchester 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

$44,387
Median earning men ± $3,616
$31,650
Median earning women ± $3,625

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($71,516), Wholesale Trade ($70,700), and Information ($57,337).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($55,913), Public Administration ($54,382), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,625).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.617%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.69M people employed in Maryland. This represents a 0.617% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.9%.

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. 226
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 167
    Manufacturing
  3. 148
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Dorchester County, MD went to Donald J. Trump with 54.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (42.9%), followed by Other (1.14%).

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.

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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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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.12% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.05% 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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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Bachelors Degree (1.04M), and Some college (961k).

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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dorchester County, MD was $226,000 in 2022, which is 0.802 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $190,200 to $226,000, a 18.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Dorchester County, MD is 68.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Dorchester County, MD have an average commute time of 26.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Dorchester County, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Dorchester County, MD is $57,490. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Dorchester County, MD was Census Tract 9707.02 with a value of $84,107, followed by Census Tract 9708.04 and Census Tract 9701, with respective values of $78,571 and $74,095.

Property

$226,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,701
$9,046
Median Property Taxes
±$602

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 Dorchester County, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.4%
Homeownership
2022
64.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.4% of the housing units in Dorchester County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9707.02
  2. Census Tract 9708.04
  3. Census Tract 9701

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dorchester County, MD was Census Tract 9707.02 with a value of $84,107, followed by Census Tract 9708.04 and Census Tract 9701, with respective values of $78,571 and $74,095.

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

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Household Income

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$57,490
Median Household Income
± $3,045
13.2k
Number of Households
± 734

In 2022, the median household income of the 13.2k households in Dorchester County, MD grew to $57,490 from the previous year's value of $55,652.

The following chart displays the households in Dorchester 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dorchester County, MD is from Maryland.
0.454
2022 Wage GINI in Maryland
0.456
2021 Wage GINI in Maryland

In 2022, the income inequality in Maryland was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.498% decline from 2021 to 2022, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.82%)

In 2022, 80.4% of workers in Dorchester County, MD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (6.82%).

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

26.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dorchester County, MD have a shorter commute time (26.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.95% of the workforce in Dorchester 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 Dorchester County, MD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dorchester County, MD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dorchester County, MD (4.95k out of 32.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dorchester 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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Health

94.8% of the population of Dorchester County, MD has health coverage, with 34.9% on employee plans, 29.9% on Medicaid, 15.7% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.22% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Dorchester County, MD see 2281 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.94% increase from the previous year (2133 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1327 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 370 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.3% were men and 54.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,281 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dorchester County, MD

Primary care physicians in Dorchester County, MD see an average of 2,281 patients per year. This represents a 6.94% increase from the previous year (2,133 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.3% under 18 years, 17.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.3% were men and 54.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.25%
Uninsured
34.9%
Employer Coverage
29.9%
Medicaid
15.7%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.22%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dorchester County, MD declined by 1.84% from 5.35% to 5.25%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 78.1 in Dorchester 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 36.5% in Dorchester County, MD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.06% in Dorchester County, MD.

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