Brief Economic Facts
Public Schools Facts
• Major Employers
Civilian Labor Force, Employment & Unemployment
St. Mary's County key economic driver continues to
be the region's largest employer, NAS Patuxent River. In 2011,
the base's workforce was more than 22, 200. The average base
salary approaches $90,000. More than two-thirds of the Navy’s
workforce resides in St. Mary’s County. Because of solid,
high-tech job growth, the County’s average weekly wage has grown
to be the 2nd highest in Maryland.
In the past decade,
St. Mary’s labor force grew 18.9%. Maryland Department of
Planning is projecting that St. Mary’s County’s labor force will
grow to 119,340 by 2030.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau
population for St. Mary’s County is 105,151. St. Mary’s County’s
population has grown 22 percent over the past decade, the
highest growth rate in the state between 2000 and 2010.
Also in the past decade, St. Mary’s County’s median household
income grew 28.2% to $88,444 in 2010. St. Mary’s County has the
14th highest median household income in the United States, and
the 4th highest in Maryland. In addition, St. Mary’s County
continues to have one of the youngest populations in the state
with a median age of 36, and one of the highest percentages of
Despite a weak national economy, the
county’s unemployment rate continues to remain lower than the
state and national averages for the past several years largely
due to the vital defense aviation programs arriving at the Navy
base. In 2011 the county’s unemployment rate was 5.9%, the
fourth lowest unemployment rate in the state of Maryland. The
average national unemployment rate was 8.9% in 2011.
Growth in housing, shopping, restaurants, hotels, recreation,
arts, and entertainment attracts new residents and supports the
County’s many historical sites. Live, work, play, or simply
visit St. Mary’s County and be inspired by the rich history,
undeniable progress, and enduring quality of life.