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Dorchester County, Maryland (MD)

County population in 2015: 33,005 (44% urban, 56% rural); it was 30,674 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,855
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,408
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,909
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,259 (it was 3,797 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

32%

Land area: 558 sq. mi.

Water area: 425.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 59 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Dorchester County: 93.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (24.0%), Educational, health and social services (20.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 55%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 43%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Dorchester County, Maryland:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (63.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (28.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.8%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • Asian alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  44.1 years
Maryland median age:  38.5 years
Males: 15,786  (47.8%)
Females: 17,219  (52.2%)

Dorchester County,MD real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Dorchester County:

2.0 people
Maryland:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $49,868 ($34,077 in 1999)

This county:

$49,868
Maryland:

$78,945

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $689 (lower quartile is $498, upper quartile is $850)
This county:

$689
State:

$1160


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $188,466 (it was $88,000 in 2000)
Dorchester:

$188,466
Maryland:

$306,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $135,214 - $299,412
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,411
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $529

Institutionalized population: 414

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 22
  • Burglaries: 56
  • Thefts: 145
  • Auto thefts: 24

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 3
  • Assaults: 28
  • Burglaries: 68
  • Thefts: 140
  • Auto thefts: 41
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 95 buildings, average cost: $188,000
  • 2008: 153 buildings, average cost: $208,700
  • 2009: 52 buildings, average cost: $191,000
  • 2010: 60 buildings, average cost: $117,300
  • 2011: 52 buildings, average cost: $148,600
  • 2012: 25 buildings, average cost: $223,200
  • 2013: 36 buildings, average cost: $202,500
  • 2014: 27 buildings, average cost: $172,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,103 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,167 (1.1%)

Dorchester County household income distribution in 2009 Dorchester County home values distribution Dorchester County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 16.0%
Dorchester County:

16.0%
Maryland:

9.7%
(10.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.1% for Black residents, 16.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.6% for other race residents, 28.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 44.1 years old
(Males: 42.5 years old, Females: 45.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49.4 years old, Black residents: 37.7 years old, American Indian residents: 43.4 years old, Asian residents: 47.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27.9 years old, Other race residents: 27.1 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dorchester County is $436 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $555 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $749 a month.

Cities in this county include: Cambridge, Hurlock, Algonquin, Secretary, District 13, Bucktown, Vienna, Madison, Taylors Island, East New Market, Fishing Creek.

Dorchester County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Dorchester County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.138 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.033 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.5%
Maryland:

5.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,012
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,389 (33.6% naturalized citizens)

Dorchester County:

4.2%
Whole state:

15.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 173
  • 2000 to 2009: 687
  • 1990 to 1999: 213
  • 1980 to 1989: 134
  • 1970 to 1979: 111
  • Before 1970: 167
Note: State values scaled to Dorchester County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 67.2%

Dorchester County marital status for males Dorchester County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 12,133
  • One, attached: 692
  • Two: 547
  • 3 or 4: 505
  • 5 to 9: 662
  • 10 to 19: 329
  • 20 to 49: 297
  • 50 or more: 362
  • Mobile homes: 1,152
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 29

Housing units in Dorchester County with a mortgage: 5,180 (162 second mortgage, 752 home equity loan, 18 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,582

Here:

62.5% with mortgage
State:

73.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Dorchester County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant6,16047
Evangelical Protestant3,46031
Catholic1,2173
Black Protestant7203
Other3392
None20,722-
Dorchester County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Dorchester County:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 19
Dorchester County:

5.97 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 26
This county:

8.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.40 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Dorchester County:

11.5%
Maryland:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Dorchester County:

31.5%
State:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.0%
State:

15.5%

Agriculture in Dorchester County:

Average size of farms: 357 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $238,934
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $322.55
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 69.40%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $170,128
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 63.46%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $109,155
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.33%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 0.25
Corn for grain: 22856 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 13392 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 44803 harvested acres
Vegetables: 7,437 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 11 acres

Earthquake activity:

Dorchester County-area historical earthquake activity is near Maryland state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 123.4 miles away from Dorchester County center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 123.8 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 309.9 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 123.1 miles away from the county center
On 5/5/2003 at 16:32:32, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 126.1 miles away from Dorchester County center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 383.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Maryland Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3349: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3349, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maryland Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 04, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4091: November 20, 2012, FEMA Id: 4091, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maryland Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3335: August 27, 2011, FEMA Id: 3335, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maryland Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 24, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4034: September 16, 2011, FEMA Id: 4034, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maryland Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 05, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1910: May 06, 2010, FEMA Id: 1910, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Maryland Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 22, 2006 to July 12, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1652: July 02, 2006, FEMA Id: 1652, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Maryland Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3251: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3251, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maryland Hurricane Isabel, Incident Period: September 18, 2003 to September 29, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1492: September 19, 2003, FEMA Id: 1492, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maryland Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 23, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3179: March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: 3179, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • Maryland Tornado, Incident Period: April 28, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1409: May 01, 2002, FEMA Id: 1409, Natural disaster type: Tornado
  • 5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Dorchester County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Winter Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 2, Storms: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (35%)
  • Thailand (6%)
  • El Salvador (5%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Cameroon (4%)
  • Guatemala (3%)
  • Philippines (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Dorchester County (%):

  • American (26%)
  • English (8%)
  • German (4%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Scottish (1%)
  • European (1%)
  • Polish (1%)

Dorchester County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 10,804 (79.6%)
  • Carpooled: 1,521 (11.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 96 (0.7%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 248 (1.8%)
  • Bicycle: 49 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 303 (2.2%)
  • Worked at home: 559 (4.1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Dorchester County, Maryland in 2000:

  • 281 people in nursing homes
  • 151 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 89 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 51 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 42 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 26 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 16 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 4 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Dorchester County, Maryland in 2010:

  • 204 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 140 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 46 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 45 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 30 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 21 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 10 people in college/university student housing
  • 7 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 3 people in correctional residential facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $45,382.

5.38% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,644 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.38%
Maryland average:

6.59%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.50% relocated from other counties in Maryland ($22,913 average AGI)
1.87% relocated from other states ($11,732 average AGI)
Dorchester County:

1.87%
Maryland average:

3.25%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Talbot County, MD  1.07% ($29,851 average AGI)
from Caroline County, MD  0.71% ($29,618)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.45% ($22,696)
from Sussex County, DE  0.25% ($25,645)
from Anne Arundel County, MD  0.21% ($57,308)
from Baltimore County, MD  0.20% ($43,320)
from Baltimore city, MD  0.14% ($45,111)


5.69% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,863 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.69%
Maryland average:

6.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.50% relocated to other counties in Maryland ($21,236 average AGI)
2.19% relocated to other states ($10,628 average AGI)
Dorchester County:

2.19%
Maryland average:

3.30%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Talbot County, MD  0.86% ($35,102 average AGI)
to Caroline County, MD  0.70% ($27,239)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.64% ($29,988)
to Sussex County, DE  0.27% ($28,912)
to Baltimore County, MD  0.21% ($33,462)
to Anne Arundel County, MD  0.20% ($41,800)
to Queen Anne's County, MD  0.14% ($52,278)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.1

Births per 1000 population in Dorchester County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Dorchester County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Dorchester County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,033 (5,080 aged, 953 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 657 (9%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (574)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (460)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (354)
  • Unspecified dementia (274)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (260)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (201)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (157)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (123)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (117)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (101)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.23
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 12,710
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 207
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 56,434

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,076
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,274
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 31
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 19

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 143.9. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 33,005
  • In family households: 26,950 (3,710 male householders, 5,257 female householders)
    5,908 spouses, 8,540 children (8,255 natural, 56 adopted, 201 stepchildren), 1,326 grandchildren, 376 brothers or sisters, 473 parents, 579 other relatives, 822 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 5,467 (2,001 male householders (1,584 living alone)), 2,507 female householders (2,157 living alone)), 939 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 595

Size of family households: 5,246 2-persons, 1,524 3-persons, 1,513 4-persons, 456 5-persons, 107 6-persons, 94 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,741 1-person, 710 2-persons, 35 3-persons, 6 4-persons.

3,290 married couples with children.
2,436 single-parent households (412 men, 2,024 women).

93.2% of residents of Dorchester speak English at home.
4.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 35% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (61% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $248,456,000 ($8,038 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $19,393,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $86,888,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $53,146,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $19,162,000
Federal grants: $60,662,000
Federal procurement contracts: $19,187,000 ($14,636,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $9,411,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $5,095,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $19,504,000
Federal Government insurance: $207,370,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,794
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

71 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,059
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

41 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +56
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+19 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +978
Here:

+31 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Dorchester County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.47 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

7.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.4

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 0
  • 2010 to 2013: 425
  • 2000 to 2009: 3,021
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,111
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,486
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,192
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,525
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,542
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,043
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,298
Note: State values scaled to Dorchester population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Dorchester County, Maryland
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Dorchester County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 89
  • 4 rooms: 528
  • 5 rooms: 1,680
  • 6 rooms: 2,314
  • 7 rooms: 1,592
  • 8 rooms: 1,048
  • 9+ rooms: 1,366
  • 1 room: 36
  • 2 rooms: 184
  • 3 rooms: 573
  • 4 rooms: 1,069
  • 5 rooms: 1,105
  • 6 rooms: 1,015
  • 7 rooms: 363
  • 8 rooms: 201
  • 9+ rooms: 154
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Dorchester County, Maryland
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Dorchester County population
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 117
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,612
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,128
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,425
  • 5+ bedrooms: 342
  • no bedroom: 42
  • 1 bedroom: 847
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,844
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,598
  • 4 bedrooms: 351
  • 5+ bedrooms: 37
Cars and other vehicles available in Dorchester County, Maryland in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Dorchester County population
  • no vehicle: 194
  • 1 vehicle: 2,142
  • 2 vehicles: 3,702
  • 3 vehicles: 1,984
  • 4 vehicles: 507
  • 5+ vehicles: 162
  • no vehicle: 1,071
  • 1 vehicle: 2,338
  • 2 vehicles: 1,028
  • 3 vehicles: 155
  • 4 vehicles: 103
  • 5+ vehicles: 28

89% of Dorchester County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 37% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 281% lived in Maryland.

Dorchester County:

88.9%
State average:

86.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 24,804
  • Other state: 6,541
  • Northeast: 2,169
  • Midwest: 714
  • South: 3,199
  • West: 458

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Dorchester County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (44.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.7%)
  • Utility gas (9.6%)
  • Wood (3.8%)
  • Other fuel (2.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.1%)
  • Electricity (63.7%)
  • Utility gas (17.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.9%)
  • No fuel used (1.6%)
  • Wood (0.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 193
Here:

6.7%
Maryland:

12.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 109
Here:

7.3%
Maryland:

13.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 207
Here:

15.6%
Maryland:

17.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Dorchester County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Local Fire Protection: $1,683,000
    Regular Highways: $1,180,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $15,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $47,881,000
    General - Other: $12,418,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,291,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,223,000
    Police Protection: $2,636,000
    Regular Highways: $2,329,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,135,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,028,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,111,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $894,000
    Air Transportation: $880,000
    Sewerage: $656,000
    Libraries: $496,000
    Financial Administration: $415,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $391,000
    Parks and Recreation: $291,000
    Health - Other: $165,000
    General Public Buildings: $103,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,107,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $263,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $47,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $667,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,026,000
    General - Other: $1,112,000
    Police Protection: $310,000
    Local Fire Protection: $295,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,110,000

Dorchester County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,983,000
    All Other: $1,283,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $1,150,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $775,000
    Air Transportation: $506,000
    Sewerage: $422,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $111,000
    Parks and Recreation: $44,000
    Regular Highways: $24,000
    Parking Facilities: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $2,461,000
    All Other: $2,437,000
    General Local Government Support: $131,000
    Highways: $113,000
    Public Welfare: $87,000
    Education: $83,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $3,509,000
    Interest Earnings: $984,000
    Rents: $151,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $47,000
    Sale of Property: $13,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $42,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $30,878,000
    All Other: $4,719,000
    Highways: $4,425,000
    Public Welfare: $1,560,000
    General Local Government Support: $259,000
    Electric Utilities: $187,000
    Health and Hospitals: $48,000
  • Tax - Property: $19,851,000
    Individual Income: $10,164,000
    NEC: $6,783,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $2,082,000
    Other Selective Sales: $233,000
    Other License: $191,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $73,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $67,000
    Amusements License: $20,000

Dorchester County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,581,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,653,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,162,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $234,000

Dorchester County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,444,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,434,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $70,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 892
  • Number of aged recipients: 116
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 776
  • Number of recipients under 18: 180
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 504
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 208
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 379
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 365
Dorchester County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Dorchester County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Dorchester County, MD among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William33472.1 years
James29071.7 years
Mary26178.8 years
John25274.3 years
Charles18373.5 years
George17676.1 years
Robert16271.4 years
Thomas11972.8 years
Elizabeth11377.6 years
Margaret9079.3 years
Most common last names in Dorchester County, MD among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones19774.1 years
Johnson14176.4 years
Willey9776.7 years
Smith9274.6 years
Hurley9078.9 years
Phillips8278.7 years
Thomas8077.5 years
Jackson8073.5 years
Todd7675.0 years
Stanley7575.5 years
Businesses in Dorchester County, MD
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Hyatt1
Ace Hardware1Hyundai1
Advance Auto Parts1KFC1
Arby's1MasterBrand Cabinets5
Burger King1Mazda1
Curves1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen1Nissan1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
Decora Cabinetry2Rite Aid1
Dennys1Subway2
Domino's Pizza1T-Mobile2
Dunkin Donuts1Taco Bell1
Fashion Bug1True Value2
FedEx2UPS1
Ford1Walgreens1
GNC1Walmart1
H&R Block1Wendy's1
Hardee's1YMCA1
Holiday Inn1

Dorchester County on our top lists:

  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"