Rankings and Statistics

​​​​​Maryland Statistics

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​​​​​​​Maryland Rankings

Choose from eight categories of rankings including Workforce, R&D, Income and Wealth, Quality of Life, and Education to find out how Maryland stacks up against the competition.
  • Education
      • ​According to Quality Counts, Education Week’s annual assessment of key indicators of student success, Maryland’s K-12 public school system ranks first overall based on the latest data in six graded categories. Maryland ranks second in the achievement category, and third in teaching as well as transitions and alignment.  39
      • Maryland is home to 16 higher education institutions designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance education and research, tied for first place in the nation.  40
      • For the eighth year in a row, Maryland ranks first in the percentage of public high school seniors who scored at the mastery level on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with 29.6% earning a score of 3 or higher in 2013. Maryland ranks second among the states in the percentage of graduates taking AP tests during high school at 47.4%, up from 25.7% in 2003. Further, Maryland ranks third among the states in the percentage of Black/African American graduates having success on the tests, comprising 11.7% of students receiving a grade of 3 or better during their high school career.  41
      • According to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges survey, Johns Hopkins University holds the following rankings:  42
        • 12th overall among top national universities that offer doctoral degrees and 16th among the world’s best universities
        • seventh, ranked by high school counselors as offering the best undergraduate education
        • third among top research medical schools, with top five rankings in the following specialties:  AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, geriatrics, internal medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health 
        • first in nursing, with top ten rankings in community/public health nursing, family nurse practitioner and nursing service administration 
        • 17th in undergraduate engineering, with a first place ranking in both undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineering, and eighth in undergraduate and graduate environmental health engineering
        • first in graduate public health 
        • top ten rankings in graduate health policy and management, and nonprofit management
        • fifth in graduate biology, with top ten rankings in biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, neuroscience, and molecular biology
        • first in graduate education and fifth in statistics
        • top 20 ranking in best value among national universities
      • ​According to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges survey, the University of Maryland, College Park holds the following rankings:  43 
        • ​top ten rankings in undergraduate management information systems and supply chain management/logistics, and in graduate information systems 
        • top ten in graduate physics programs including atomic/molecular/optical physics, condensed matter, plasma and quantum physics
        • tenth in graduate applied math
        • top ten ranking in undergraduate aerospace engineering 
        • first in graduate criminology
        • top ten in graduate education programs including student counseling/personnel services and educational psychology
        • top ten in graduate library and information science including archives and preservation, information systems, school library media and services for children and youth​
      • Other Maryland colleges/universities that rank highly in the U.S. News and World Report survey include: 44 
        • The University of Maryland, Baltimore County ranks first among up-and-coming national universities for the fifth year in a row, and sixth most committed to teaching undergraduates
        • The University of Maryland, Baltimore ranks among the top ten U.S. law schools in environmental law and part-time law, and first in health care law
        • The University of Maryland, Baltimore ranks eleventh nationally in nursing, with top ten rankings in adult, family and geriatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric nursing and nursing service administration
        • St. Mary’s College of Maryland ranks fifth among top public liberal arts colleges in the nation 
        • Loyola University Maryland ranks fifth among top northern universities that offer undergraduate and master’s degrees and sixth as an up-and-coming school; the Sellinger School of Business ranks 15th nationally in graduate finance and 20th in accounting
        • Mount St. Mary’s University ranks 20th among top northern universities
        • Towson University ranks 11th and Salisbury University 16th best among public northern universities that offer undergraduate and master’s degrees 
        • Hood College ranks eighth in best values among northern universities that offer undergraduate and master’s degrees 
        • Maryland Institute College of Art ranks seventh overall for its master of fine arts program, with top ten rankings in graphic design, painting/drawing and sculpture 
        • Morgan State University ranks 18th among historically black colleges
        • The United States Naval Academy ranks first in the nation among top public liberal arts colleges, and is ranked first by high school counselors for offering the best education to their students
        • The United States Naval Academy ranks fourth in undergraduate engineering (among schools without PhD programs); its programs in electronics/communications and mechanical engineering rank in the top ten 
        • The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences ranks fifth in nursing-anesthesia
      • According to a U.S. News and World Report ranking of U.S. public high schools, Maryland places fifth in the percentage of schools awarded a gold or silver medal based on performance on state proficiency tests and how well schools prepare students for college-level work.  45
      • The University of Maryland, College Park places seventh in a Kiplinger ranking of the 100 best values among public college for 2014 based on a combination of academics and affordability. Four other Maryland public institutions also make the top 100, including St. Mary’s College, Salisbury University, Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  46
      • Johns Hopkins University is 15th in a ranking of world universities based on a variety of measurable criteria, and 18th for reputation among the most powerful global university brands based on a survey by Times Higher Education.  47
      • The University of Maryland, College Park ranks 13th among U.S. public universities and 38th among research universities worldwide, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. UMCP ranks among the top 20 universities in the world and top 10 U.S. public universities in engineering, physics and computer science. 48 
      • Johns Hopkins University ranks 17th worldwide and 15th in the U.S. among research universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Hopkins ranks fourth in the world in the field of medicine, 12th in life sciences and 15th in physics.  49 
      • The Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, College Park ranks 15th among undergraduate programs and 16th among graduate programs at more than 2,000 colleges and universities in Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s annual list of the 25 best schools for entrepreneurially minded students.  50 

      39 Education Week, Quality Counts 2014, January 3, 2014.
      40 National Security Agency, Central Security Service.
      41 The College Board, 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 2014. 
      42 U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges 2014, Best Graduate Schools 2015 and World’s Best Universities 2012 Editions.  
      43 U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges 2014 and Best Graduate Schools 2015 Editions.  
      44 U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges 2014 and Best Graduate Schools 2015 Editions.
      45 U.S. News and World Report, Best High Schools 2014, April 2014. 
      46 Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges, December 2013.
      47 Times Higher Education, World University Ranking 2013-2014 and World Reputation Ranking 2014.
      48 Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013.
      49 Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013.
      50 Entrepreneur.com, September 19, 2013.

  • Entrepreneurship
      • ​Maryland holds the following rankings for women and minority business ownership: 16 
        • ​First in the percentage of women-owned firms as a share of all firms (32.6%); and sixth in the percent of women-owned firms with employees (7.4%) 
        • Second in the percentage of African American-owned firms as a share of all firms (19.3%); first in the percent of African American-owned firms with employees (2.1%); and seventh in the total number of African American owned firms (102,130)  
        • Seventh in the percentage of Asian-owned firms as a share of all firms (6.8%); and first in the percent of Asian-owned firms with employees (3.2%) 
        • 12th in the percentage of Hispanic-owned firms as a share of all firms (4.9%); and 13th in the percent of Hispanic-owned firms with employees (1.1%)
      • ​Maryland ranks third per capita and fifth overall in Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awards.  Small businesses in Maryland received $97 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration in FY 2012 through the highly competitive SBIR Program (equating to $16.47 per capita). 17  
      • Maryland ranks seventh overall in a report on the state of women-owned businesses, and Washington DC ranks fifth and Baltimore eighth among large metros. The report looks at growth and economic clout of women-owned firms, including growth in employment, revenue and number of firms. 18 
      • The Washington DC metro (which includes parts of Maryland) ranks second among metros with 327 companies on Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Among states, Maryland ranks ninth with 19 companies in the top 500 and 14th with 131 companies in the top 5000. Ranked by number of companies per capita, Maryland ranks second for the Inc. 500 and fifth for the Inc. 5000. 19 
      • ​Maryland ranks sixth among the states in the dollar value of venture capital deals for 2013, and 10th for the number of deals. A total of 71 venture capital deals in Maryland in 2013 resulted in over $663 million in investment. Further, Maryland ranks fifth in the dollar value of seed and early stage venture capital deals, and 11th in the dollar value of those deals. 20     


      16 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2007 Survey of Business Owners; ranking excludes Washington, DC.
      17 U.S. Small Business Administration, data for FY 2012, and U.S. Census Bureau. 
      18 American Express OPEN, The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.
      19 Inc.com, September 2013 and U.S. Bureau of the Census.
      State Science & Technology Institute using data from 20 PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association’s 2013 MoneyTree Report.   

  • Government and Business Support
      • ​Maryland is one of only ten states with a “triple triple” general obligation bond rating from the three major bond rating houses—Maryland has the longest running Triple-A rating with a “stable” outlook from Standard & Poor’s, dating back to 1961.  30
      • According to a study on business taxes by Ernst & Young, Maryland businesses pay the second lowest share of state and local taxes, with business taxes accounting for 30.5% of total taxes collected in the state, compared with 45.2% for the national average. Further, Maryland ranks ninth nationally in state and local business taxes as a share of private sector GSP. Maryland has a total effective business tax rate of 4.0% on economic activity compared with 4.8% for the U.S. as a whole.  31
      • In the 2014 Enterprising States study which looks at how states are creating an environment in which the private sector can thrive, Maryland ranks first in “Technology and Entrepreneurship,” and third in the human capital “Talent Pipeline.”  32
      • In the 2013 Business Facilities Ranking Report, Maryland ranks first overall among the states in education climate, fifth in per capita income and eighth in installed solar power capacity. In the logistics category, the Port of Baltimore ranks third among U.S. ports, and the Baltimore Foreign Trade Zone #74 ranks third among top FTZs in merchandise received.  33
      • According to fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, Baltimore ranks fourth among large cities for the quality of its infrastructure and tenth for economic potential. Also in the American Cities of the Future report, Washington DC ranks third for human resources and ninth for infrastructure among major cities, including the surrounding metropolitan area.  34
      • In its annual analysis of economic strength, Policom ranks the Washington DC metro area third and Baltimore 12th among 381 U.S. metropolitan areas based on jobs, earnings, small business growth, and the economic impact of these factors on the standard of living of metro workers and residents.  35
      • Maryland ranks ninth in the 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The report ranks states on the adoption and implementation of policies to forge an energy efficient economy which reduces energy costs, spurs job growth, and benefits the environment.  36
      • Six Maryland jurisdictions are ranked in the top ten for their size class in the Center for Digital Government’s 2013 Digital Counties and Digital Cities Surveys. Montgomery County ranks first, Prince George’s fifth and Baltimore County seventh among counties with a population of 500,000 or more. Charles County ranks first among counties with populations under 150,000, while Howard County ranks eighth in the 250,000 to 499,999 population category. In the Digital Cities survey, Baltimore ranks ninth among large cities. The surveys examine how governments use new technologies to involve citizens, improve government transparency, and increase sustainable measures while improving online services.  37
      • Baltimore County was ranked in the top ten in the Center for Digital Government’s 2013 Best of the Web awards in the county portal category. The award recognizes governments for outstanding portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance.  38


      30 Maryland State Treasurer’s office press release February 19, 2014. 
      31 Ernst & Young, Total State and Local Business Taxes, State-by-State Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012, prepared in conjunction with the Council on State Taxation.
      32 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Enterprising States 2014: Re-creating Equality of Opportunity.
      33 Business Facilities magazine, 2013 Business Facilities Ranking Report, July/August 2013.
      34 fDi Magazine, American Cities of the Future 2013/14.
      35 Policom Corporation, Economic Strength Rankings – 2014.
      36 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
      37 2013 Digital Counties Survey and Digital Cities Survey, Center for Digital Government.
      38 Center for Digital Government, Best of the Web and Digital Achievement Awards 2013, Sept. 3, 2013.

  • Income and Wealth
      • ​​Maryland has the highest median household income for 2012 at $71,122, which is 38% above the national median. 51   
      • Maryland maintained its first place ranking in millionaires per capita for 2013 with 7.7% of households having $1 million or more in investable or liquid assets. 52 
      • Maryland has the third lowest poverty rate for 2012, with 10.3% of the population living in poverty, compared with 15.9% for the U.S. as a whole. 53   
      • Maryland ranks among the top three states in the nation in the economic mobility of its workers. The Pew Center on the States used Census data to identify where workers are more likely to move up or down the earnings ladder, and Maryland is one of only three states to beat the national average on all three factors evaluated, including absolute mobility, and upward and downward relative mobility. 54  
      • Maryland is home to five of the top 20 large counties in the nation for median household income. Howard County ranks second ($108,844), Montgomery 11th ($94,965), Charles 15th ($90,880), Anne Arundel 18th ($89,179) and Calvert 19th ($87,449) among 800+ counties with a population of 65,000 or greater. 55  
      • Maryland ranks fifth in per capita personal income ($54,259). 56 


      51 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2012 American Community Survey. 
      52 Phoenix Marketing International, Ranking of U.S. States by Millionaires per Capita 2006-2013.
      53 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2012 American Community Survey.   
      54 Pew Center on the States, Economic Mobility of the States, May 10, 2012.
      55 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2012 American Community Survey.   
      56 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013 (preliminary); ranking excludes Washington, DC.   

  • New Economy
      • ​​Maryland has maintained its second place ranking in the Milken Institute’s biennial State Technology and Science Index for 2012.  According to study results, Maryland received high rankings in human capital investment, research and development inputs, technology and science workforce, and technology concentration and dynamism. The Index provides measurements of the technology and science assets for states, ranking them on their ability to foster and sustain a technology sector, which research has shown is a crucial factor in determining a region's future economic success. 21
      • Maryland ranks fourth in the TechNet 2012 State Broadband Index, a report ranking the states in the development of broadband infrastructure that promotes economic development, stronger communities, improved delivery of government services and upgraded educational systems. 22 
      • Maryland/Suburban Washington DC places fourth in a ranking of the top ten U.S. biopharma clusters based on criteria including patents, NIH grant funding, venture capital, lab space and number of jobs. 23
      • Maryland ranks fifth in the 2014 State New Economy Index a measure of a state’s economy as knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, information technology-driven and innovation-based. 24
      • ​Maryland ranks second among the states in the square footage of LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita. By using less energy, LEED buildings save money for businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for workers and the larger community.  25
      • Washington DC/Suburban Maryland ranks sixth among U.S. life sciences clusters due to the area’s large federal government presence, critical mass of scientists and lab space, and world-renowned academic research centers such as Johns Hopkins. 26 
      • Maryland ranks highly in the technology intensity of its business base.  The state ranks fourth in high-tech businesses as a share of all business establishments (11.6%), and third in employment in high-technology businesses as a share of all employment (16.0%). 27  
      • According to a Brookings Institution study, Baltimore ranks in the top ten among large metropolitan areas for the concentration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs, with 23% of jobs requiring high-level STEM knowledge.  The report cites Baltimore for being home to Johns Hopkins University and other hospital systems, and having a strong defense industry cluster in the suburbs. 28
      • Baltimore ranks tenth among U.S. metros in a Forbes ranking of cities creating the most technology jobs, based on the growth of tech industry employment and STEM occupation employment. Further, Baltimore/Washington DC ranks second among highest paying cities for tech jobs, also according to Forbes. 29

      21 The Milken Institute, State Technology and Science Index: Enduring Lessons for the Intangible Economy, April 2013.   
      22 TechNet, 2012 State Broadband Index.
      23 Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, March 10, 2014. 
      24 Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, The 2014 State New Economy Index.
      25 U.S. Green Building Council press release, February 18, 2014.
      26 Jones Lang LaSalle, Life Sciences Cluster Report Global 2012.
      27 National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Indicators 2014, using data from 2010; ranking excludes Washington, DC.
      28 Brookings Institution, The Hidden STEM Economy, June 2013.
      29 Forbes.com, November 20, 2013 and January 29, 2014.

  • Quality of Life
      • Johns Hopkins Hospital ranks third in the U.S. News and World Report honor roll of best hospitals in the nation, with excellence in fifteen out of sixteen specialty categories evaluated. Furthermore, Johns Hopkins Children‘s Center ranks tenth nationally among children’s hospitals, with top ten rankings in three pediatric specialties. 57 
      • Marylanders ranks second in the 2013 Generosity Index which measures the extent and depth of generosity. The index is based on percentage of tax filers donating to charity, in which Maryland ranks first, and percentage of aggregate income donated, in which the state ranks fifth. 58   
      • Maryland ranks fifth in active physicians per 100,000 population, with over 20,000 doctors statewide. 59 
      • Maryland ranks 10th in the nation in child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 Kids Count Data Book. The report ranks states based on their performance across 16 child well-being indicators, and Maryland scores particularly well in education factors.  60
      • Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Maryland, places first among large metropolitan areas in a ranking of the safest places to live in the U.S. The ranking is based on crime, natural disaster risks, environmental hazards, life expectancy, job security and other factors that affect the security of an area. 61 
      • Washington DC metro, which includes suburban Maryland, ranks third among best places for young adults. The ranking is an analysis of large U.S. metro areas based on economic growth, moderate living costs, and concentration of college educated workers in their 20s and early 30s. Among East Coast cities, Washington ranks first and Baltimore ranks fourth.  62
      • Baltimore ranks sixth in Kiplinger.com’s ranking of the “Ten Best Cities for Singles.” The ranking cites Baltimore for its high incomes, moderate cost of living, and dozens of waterfront shops, restaurants and attractions. 63  
      • Howard County, Maryland, is eighth in a nationwide ranking of counties as best places to work. The analysis is based on employment, salaries, population growth and commute times. 64 
      • Columbia/Ellicott City, Maryland is ranked eighth among America’s “Best Places to Live” in the CNN/Money magazine 2012 ranking of small cities. The area is cited for its diverse population, reasonable housing costs, good schools, and miles of hiking trails. Waldorf, Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland also place in the top 25 in the ranking of small cities. 65  
      • The Deep Creek Lake area of Garrett County, Maryland is ranked among the top ten best destinations for green travelers by Travel Nerd, a division of NerdWallet. The ranking is based on initiatives to “green” the area, as well as access to nature and eco-friendly activities. 66 
      • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) ranks ninth among best U.S. airports for tech travelers. Among the 40 largest airports, BWI shows particular strength in electrical outlets, USB ports, Wi-Fi and cellular service speed. 67 


      57 U.S. News and World Report, June 2014 and July 2014.  
      58 The Fraser Institute, Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2013 Generosity Index, December 2013.
      59 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, data for 2012; ranking excludes Washington, DC.  
      60 Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2013 Kids Count Data Book.
      61 Sperling’s Best Places and Farmers Insurance Group, 2012 Most Secure U.S. Places to Live.
      62 Bizjournals, Best Places for Young Adults, March 27, 2013.
      63 Kiplinger.com, February 2014.
      64 NerdWallet, Best Counties to Work In, September 29, 2013.
      65 CNN/Money magazine Best Places to Live, 2012.
      66 NerdTravel, Best Destinations for Green Travelers, July 16, 2013. 
      67 PCWorld, December 14, 2011.​

  • Research and Development
      • ​Johns Hopkins University ranks first among U.S. colleges and universities in total National Institutes of Health awards, including grants and contracts for research, development, training and fellowships ($575 million). 9 
      • Johns Hopkins University ranks first among academic institutions in the nation in research and development expenditures, totaling $2.11 billion in FY 2012.  The university also ranks first in federally funded research ($1.86 billion). 10 
      • ​Maryland ranks first in National Institutes of Health research and development contract awards ($701 million). 11 
      • Maryland ranks second in federal obligations for research and development ($15.8 billion). On a per capita basis, Maryland ranks first among the states in federal R&D obligations. 12 
      • Maryland ranks second in research and development intensity, which is the ratio of R&D expenditures to gross domestic product (GDP) by state.  Maryland ranks fourth in total R&D performance, first in federal intramural R&D, and fourth in R&D performed at universities and colleges. 13   
      • Maryland ranks fourth in R&D expenditures at universities and colleges, totaling $3.37 billion in FY 2012. Further, Maryland ranks third in federal government R&D spending at universities and colleges with $2.64 billion. 14 
      • Johns Hopkins University ranks sixth worldwide among universities in the number of World Intellectual Property Organization administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international patent applications for 2013, totaling 116. 15 
      9 National Institutes of Health, data for FY 2013.
      10 National Science Foundation, data for FY 2012.
      11 National Institutes of Health, data for FY 2013.
      12 National Science Foundation, data for FY 2011, and U.S. Bureau of the Census; ranking excludes Washington, DC.
      13 National Science Foundation, National Patterns of R&D  Resources 2011-2012 update; data for FY 2011. 
      14 National Science Foundation, data for FY 2012.
      15 World Intellectual Property Organization, data for 2013.

  • Workforce
      • ​​ ​​​Maryland has the highest concentration of employed doctoral scientists and engineers.  The state ranks first in employed PhD scientists and engineers per 100,000 employed workers (1,215), with a first place ranking for PhD scientists (974) and fourth for PhD engineers (163).  Maryland also holds rankings in the following fields for employed doctoral scientists per 100,000 employed workers: 
        • first in mathematical sciences (73) 
        • first in biological sciences (432) 
        • first in health (77) 
        • fourth in physical sciences (212) 
        • sixth in computer and information sciences (24)1
      • ​Maryland ranks first among the states in the “Women’s earning index,” which is based on women’s share of total employment, average wages, share of total state wages, and “location premium,” defined as how much more or less women in a specific state earn per year controlling for education, skill and hours worked. Of the index components, Maryland also ranks first in average annual wages for women at $42,164.2  
      • Based on Census data compiled by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, compared to other states Maryland ranks:
        • first in median annual earnings full-time, year-round for employed women
        • first in percent of employed women in managerial or professional occupations
        • second in percent of women living above poverty
        • third in percent of women 25 years and older with four or more years of college
        • fifth in the percent of civilian women in the labor force 3  ​
      • ​Maryland ranks second in the percentage of professional and technical workers (27.7%) in the workforce. 4 
      • ​Maryland ranks fourth in the percentage of the population age 25 and above with a bachelor’s degree or higher (36.9%) and second in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (16.9%).  5 
      • Maryland ranks fourth by employment in measuring and control instruments manufacturing with 12,200 jobs. In addition, the state ranks fifth in computer systems design with 66,900 jobs and seventh in engineering services with 33,400 jobs. Other Cyberstates 2013 rankings include: 
        • fourth – Concentration of technology jobs, which employ 8.6% of the private sector workforce in 2012
        • ninth – High-tech average wage of $96,500, or 94% more than the average private sector wage
        • 11th – Number of high-tech workers at 171,500 in 2012
        • 11th – High-tech payroll of $16.6 billion in 2012
        • 14th – Number of high-tech establishments totaling 12,800 in 2012 6
      • Maryland ranks fourth in federal government employment, with 146,342 non-military federal jobs in 2012. On a per capita basis, the state ranks second with 249 federal jobs per 10,000 residents. Non-military federal jobs generate $13.4 billion in total wages in Maryland, ranking fourth among the states. Further, these jobs pay better in Maryland than in any other state, with an average annual wage of $91,816, which is 25% higher than the national average. 7 
      • Baltimore ranks 10th in Forbes’ listing of the Best Paying Cities for Women 2014. The ranking is based on Census data comparing women’s’ median earnings to men’s.  8


       1National Science Foundation, data for 2010, and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; ranking excludes Washington, DC.  
       2Martin Prosperity Institute, The Rise of Women in the Creative Class, October 2011; based on Census American Community Survey 2006-2008 data. 
       3Institute for Women’s Policy Research using 2010 Census American Community Survey data.
       4U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment; ranking excludes Washington, DC.
       5U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2012 American Community Survey; ranking excludes Washington, DC.
      6TechAmerica Foundation, Cyberstates 2013.     
       7U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2012; U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census; ranking excludes Washington, DC.
      8Forbes.com, February 3, 2014.​