Charles County now majority black
African Americans now represent majority population in Charles County
As one of the most southern parts of the state of Maryland, Charles County has not always been known for its diversity. Now, hundreds of years later and many eras removed from that time, Charles County is a majority African-American community.
For the first time ever, the African American population in the county has outgrown all others. According to data acquired from the United States Census Bureau, 2015 estimates for Charles County show the county’s population is
44.9 percent African American.
That number marks a 1.1 percent increase in the county’s African American population from 2014 to 2015. The county’s Hispanic population increased slightly as well, from 5.3 percent in 2014 to 5.5 percent in 2015.
Meanwhile, the county’s white non-Hispanic population decreased from 44.5 percent in 2014 to 43.2 percent in 2015.
In 2010, according to data gathered from the census, the white non-Hispanic population was just above 48 percent. African Americans were just 41 percent of the county.
County Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) said it is good to see the county has become a place where diversity continues to become more and more of a factor. This is something the county and its citizens welcome, he said. “This speaks to the growing trend that Charles County is a very diverse county,” Robinson said. “We celebrate our diversity.”
Robinson said the county “is open to all” who want to come visit and live here. “And that’s obvious by the fact that people who are moving here are not only white,” he said. “This is nothing but a positive reflection on Charles County.”
Commissioner Vice President Debra Davis (D) said “it’s an exciting time” to see the community growing in the direction it is with such diversity.
Along with more diversity, Davis said, the county’s economic level remains high and positive. According to data gathered by the county’s economic development department, the county’s median household income was just over $88,000 in 2014. That was one of the highest marks in the state and more than Maryland’s median household income of $73,971.
With economic development on the rise and education levels continuing to improve, more diversity for the county is a good thing, Davis said. The county continues to grow in a manner that many people envisioned years ago, she said.
“It’s planned growth,” Davis said. “It just shows that there is a plan and growth can be done where communities are thriving.”