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Maryland: A Great Place to Work

Maryland's workers are some of the Nation's highest paid workers. Maryland's top income rankings include:

  • One of the highest median household incomes in the nation at $53,530 for 2001, which is 27 percent above the national average.
  • A 2002 per capita personal income of $36,121, ranking fourth among the 50 states, and topping the national average by 17 percent.
  • From 1992 to 2002, Maryland's per capita personal income increased by nearly 50 percent.

Income levels vary from region to region within the state, with higher incomes concentrated in the urbanized counties of the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Top ranking counties for per capita personal income in 2001 include:

  • Montgomery County, ranking first in the state at $50,919.
  • Howard County, ranking second at $43,191.

The Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, which includes 90 percent of Maryland's population, is one of the wealthiest in the Nation. Among US metros, it ranks:

  • Fourth in effective buying income, with $185 billion.
  • Fifth in retail sales, with combined sales of $98 billion.

In addition to its high income levels, Maryland also has one of the lowest poverty rates in the Nation. Only 7.2 percent (2001) of the state's residents live below the poverty level, compared with 11.7 percent for the United States as a whole.