Somerset County, MD

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2022 Population
24,672
0.652% 1-year decline
US Senator
Ben Cardin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Van Hollen
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
38
2.7% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
19.8%
2.86% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$52,149
7.17% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$157,200
9.47% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
9,661
5.89% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Somerset County, MD had a population of 24.7k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $52,149. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Somerset County, MD declined from 24,834 to 24,672, a −0.652% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,661 to $52,149, a 7.17% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, MD are White (Non-Hispanic) (51.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (38.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.13%), Black or African American (Hispanic) (1.17%), and White (Hispanic) (1.05%).

None of the households in Somerset 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.

97.8% of the residents in Somerset County, MD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, MD are University of Maryland Eastern Shore (445 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Somerset County, MD was $157,200, and the homeownership rate was 67.5%.

Most people in Somerset County, MD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Somerset County, MD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Somerset County, MD is home to a population of 24.7k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.45% of Somerset County, MD residents were born outside of the country (1.1k people).

In 2022, there were 1.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.8k people) in Somerset County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.02k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.8% of Somerset County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, MD was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, MD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    12.8k ± 86
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    9.6k ± 388
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.02k ± 409
4%
Hispanic Population
988 people

In 2022, there were 1.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.8k people) in Somerset County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.02k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4% of the people in Somerset County, MD are hispanic (988 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    115,960 ± 8,281 people
  2. India
    61,668 ± 6,066 people
  3. Nigeria
    45,887 ± 5,240 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maryland was El Salvador, the natal country of 115,960 Maryland residents, followed by India with 61,668 and Nigeria with 45,887.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.45%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.1k people
4.3%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.07k people

As of 2022, 4.45% of Somerset County, MD residents (1.1k 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 Somerset County, MD was 4.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    662 ± 164
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    249 ± 130
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    189 ± 95

Somerset County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Somerset County, MD employs 9.66k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,541 people), Educational Services (1,505 people), and Retail Trade (1,205 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,713), Public Administration ($60,972), and Utilities ($59,301).

Males in Maryland have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $77,266. The income inequality in Maryland (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

9.66k
2022 Value
± 782
5.89%
1 Year growth
± 10.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Somerset County, MD grew at a rate of 5.89%, from 9.12k employees to 9.66k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,196 people), Sales & Related Occupations (878 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (665 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Somerset County, MD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.66k
2022 Value
± 782
5.89%
1 Year growth
± 10.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Somerset County, MD grew at a rate of 5.89%, from 9.12k employees to 9.66k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,541 people), Educational Services (1,505 people), and Retail Trade (1,205 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Somerset County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Somerset 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

$37,297
Median earning men ± $4,482
$31,652
Median earning women ± $4,072

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($116,071), Public Administration ($76,371), and Other Services Except Public Administration ($60,208).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($250,001), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,338), and Public Administration ($56,186).

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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. 128
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 67
    Other Services, Except Public Administration
  3. 63
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Somerset County, MD went to Donald J. Trump with 56.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.8%), followed by Other (0.838%).

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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Somerset County, MD awarded 445 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, MD in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,092 male students and 1,426 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, MD are Black or African American (232 and 53.7%), followed by White (77 and 17.8%), Unknown (64 and 14.8%), and Two or More Races (31 and 7.18%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, MD by number of degrees awarded are University of Maryland Eastern Shore (445 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, MD are Pharmacy (44 and 9.89%), Criminal Justice - Police Science (37 and 8.31%), and General Biological Sciences (32 and 7.19%).

The median tuition cost in Somerset County, MD for a public four year colleges is $5,637 for in-state students and $16,467 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Somerset County, MD, the percentage of applicants admitted was 81.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 10.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,518 (43.4% men and 56.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,518 students enrolled in Somerset County, MD, 43.4% men and 56.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Black or African American with 1,726 records, of which 57.9% were women and 42.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 32 degrees awarded
  2. 25 degrees awarded
  3. 37 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Somerset County, MD was General Biological Sciences with 32 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Somerset County, MD according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
445 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Maryland Eastern Shore with 445 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 182 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, MD, which is 0.692 times less than the 263 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Black or African American students. These 232 degrees mean that there were 3.01 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 77 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,637) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,261) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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.

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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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, MD was $157,200 in 2022, which is 0.558 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $143,600 to $157,200, a 9.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, MD is 67.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Somerset County, MD have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Somerset County, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Somerset County, MD is $52,149. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Somerset County, MD was Census Tract 9305 with a value of $73,559, followed by Census Tract 9302 and Census Tract 9301.02, with respective values of $63,750 and $55,761.

In 2022, 22.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Somerset County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 4.9%.

Property

$157,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$13,457
$5,642
Median Property Taxes
±$482

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 Somerset County, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.5%
Homeownership
2022
60.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.5% of the housing units in Somerset County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9305
  2. Census Tract 9302
  3. Census Tract 9301.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, MD was Census Tract 9305 with a value of $73,559, followed by Census Tract 9302 and Census Tract 9301.02, with respective values of $63,750 and $55,761.

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

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Household Income

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$52,149
Median Household Income
± $6,616
8.36k
Number of Households
± 691

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.36k households in Somerset County, MD grew to $52,149 from the previous year's value of $48,661.

The following chart displays the households in Somerset 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Somerset 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 (73.2%)
  2. Carpooled (11.6%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.79%)

In 2022, 73.2% of workers in Somerset County, MD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.6%) and those who worked at home (6.79%).

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Commute Time

24 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, MD have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.82% of the workforce in Somerset 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 Somerset County, MD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Somerset County, MD have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 22.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Somerset County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 4.9%.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, MD (3.92k out of 19.8k 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 Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Somerset 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, 26.6% of the children was living in poverty in Somerset County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 357 in Somerset County, MD. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 19.5 per 100,000 population.

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Health

96.1% of the population of Somerset County, MD has health coverage, with 37% on employee plans, 31.2% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, MD see 2562 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.2% decrease from the previous year (2853 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 499 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 358 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

2,562 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Somerset County, MD

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, MD see an average of 2,562 patients per year. This represents a 10.2% decrease from the previous year (2,853 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Somerset 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 22.4% under 18 years, 23.7% between 18 and 34 years, 35.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.5% 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

3.94%
Uninsured
37%
Employer Coverage
31.2%
Medicaid
14.4%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
1.46%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, MD declined by 21.3% from 5.01% to 3.94%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 91.7 in Somerset County, MD.

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Health Behaviors

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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 44.3% in Somerset County, MD.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.5% in Somerset County, MD.

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