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Map: Total Number of Full and Part-Time Federal Workers by State - 2012

Map: Total Number of Full and Part-Time Federal Workers by State – 2012 (click to open large map)

While it is no secret that the partial shutdown of the federal government and the furloughing of federal workers will have a disproportionate effect on Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, other states will also feel the effects. (more…)


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The 2009-2011 American Community Survey was made public today.  It is a massive amount of data that covers all geographies of 20,000 or more in population. In Maryland, that includes 62 places plus all the counties and Baltimore City.

Maryland is a very socioeconomically diverse state — and this data release reinforces that notion. For instance, of the 62 places for which there is data, the percent of the foreign-born by place varies from a high of 69.4 percent in Langley Park, Prince George’s County, to a low of 1.2 percent in Cumberland, in Allegany County.  Many of the places in Maryland with the highest foreign-born share have similar characteristics. For instance, the top five are all in either Prince George’s or Montgomery counties:

Langley Park (Prince George’s) 69.4%

Chillum (Prince George’s)  45.6

Wheaton (Montgomery) 44

Gaithersburg (Montgomery)  37.5

Silver Spring (Montgomery)  37.8

Maryland average  13.8


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The American Community Survey (ACS) released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals a treasure trove of data about jurisdictions with populations of at least 65,000 people.  In Maryland, 16 jurisdictions meet that threshold, plus the state itself. The annual ACS report is derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s nationwide monthly survey of 275,000 addresses covering demographic, social, economic and housing data. This report, which covers calendar year 2011, is a vital instrument to measure how far we have come since the Great Recession — and how far we have left to go to recover what was lost. (more…)

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One of the most profound impacts on interstate migration for the boom/bust period that began about a decade ago was the migration flow between Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Maryland had net population losses to Pennsylvania for 22 straight years through migration from 1989 to 2010, the latest data available.  That is, more residents of Maryland moved to Pennsylvania than vice versa.  And beginning around 2003, the outflow of Maryland residents to Pennsylvania began to pick up very substantially. (more…)

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Both Maryland and the nation are moving towards becoming majority-minority, where minorities make up more than 50 percent of the population. Minorities are defined as everyone other than “non-Hispanic white alone.” For Maryland as a whole, minorities make up 45.6 percent of the population, well above the overall U.S. rate of 36.6 percent and ranked seventh among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

It is more than likely that Maryland will become a majority-minority state within the next 10 years. But even right now, Maryland is already majority-minority for almost every single age below 40. (more…)

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Two members of the Maryland Department of Planning weigh in on a recent article in the New York Times titled, “Why D.C. Is Doing So Well


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The growth in the share of multifamily units in Maryland has been striking since the mid-2000s housing bubble burst. Multi-family housing — generally, apartments — made up 38 percent of all residential permitted units in 2011. That was the highest level since the early 1970s and well above typical rates over the last three decades. (more…)

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