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February 06, 2008

Maryland Snapshot

Maryland in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

Maryland, which is holding primaries on Feb. 12, had a 2007 population of 5.6 million that includes a higher percentage of blacks, a lower percentage of non-Hispanic whites and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 66 percent of Maryland’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, not significantly different from the national rate of 64 percent.

These and other statistics about Maryland’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Maryland U.S.
Median age 37.2 36.4
Women 51.6% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 58.4% 66.4%
Black alone 29.5% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 6.0% 14.8%
Median household income $65,144 $48,451
Foreign born 12.2% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 7.8% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 35.1% 27.0%
Median home value $334,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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