The small city of Essex, Maryland is home to approximately 40,000 people. At an average age of just under 39, the city's population is middle-of-the-pack compared to other municipalities in the state, which has an average age of 38. Renters tend to be in the minority in Essex, and 56% of residents own their homes. Renters in the city benefit from a relatively low average rent of $1,039/month, which is $308 per month less than the state average.
Many Essex residents work in one of two industries: healthcare and retail. Combined, these industries account for 16% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, making it the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of nearly $66K, Essex workers earn less than the average Maryland resident. Essex's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Essex has a large percentage of residents older than 25 who have earned a high school degree or equivalent (26%) compared to the national average. Furthermore, 7% have a Bachelor's degree and 2% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate.
Essex has an average commute time of about 33 minutes. Many residents (39%) drive their car or truck to work, while public transit is used by only 3% of the population. Relatively few residents walk to work.
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