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Income/capita 62%
Household income 86%
Unemployment 14%
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IndexColumbiaMarylandNational
Income per capita$48,370$37,756$29,829
Median household income$102,899$76,067$55,322
Median income owner occupied$125,047$95,994$70,586
Median income renter occupied$69,921$47,333$35,192
Median earnings male$65,269$46,495$36,919
Median earnings female$43,410$35,612$26,250
Unemployment rate4.0%4.5%4.7%
Poverty level7.2%9.9%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Columbia is 62% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Columbia is 86% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Columbia is 14% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Columbia is 52% lower than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $68,592$102,899$205,798
      City
      $50,706$76,067$152,134
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Columbia median earnings by income bracket

      Columbia employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.0%1.2%
      Manufacturing sector5.8%0.1%
      Financial & insurance services5.0%4.7%
      Wholesale & retail services10.9%8.1%
      Public administration13.1%10.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.0%1.5%
      Education, health & social services13.8%37.3%
      Other38.3%31.9%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Chevy Chase Section Five, MD641$250,001351.9%
      Chevy Chase town, MD2,948$250,001351.9%
      Chevy Chase View, MD935$243,750340.6%
      Highland, MD950$212,955284.9%
      North Chevy Chase, MD498$169,375206.2%
      Columbia, MD103,439$102,89986.0%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Santa Maria, CA103,642$51,9396.1%
      Spring Hill, FL102,929$43,20221.9%
      El Cajon, CA102,894$46,37416.2%
      Lakeland, FL102,714$40,91826.0%
      Rialto, CA102,418$52,3475.4%
      Columbia, MD103,439$102,89986.0%
      Source: The Columbia, MD employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).