Equity 2050

Thrive Montgomery 2050 will offer recommendations on how to prioritize community equity to create a place where all residents have equal access to affordable housing, transportation, employment, education and more. Here is what we know:

  • Demographics are changing: More than half of the county’s residents are people of color. The proportion of people of color is projected to steadily increase from 55 percent in 2015 to 73 percent in 2045, according to state forecasts.
  • More residents are born outside the United States: Montgomery County has a large and diverse foreign-born population (344,645) speaking a variety of languages and varying English-speaking proficiencies. In 2016, one-third of the county’s residents were foreign-born, the highest concentration in the Washington, DC region.
  • Inequality persists:
    • Montgomery County’s residents are highly educated. From 1990 to 2017, the percent of adults over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased from 50 percent to 58 percent. Yet, educational achievement varies widely by race and ethnicity with just 25 percent of Hispanic residents and 43 percent of Black residents having at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 67 percent of Asian residents and 72 percent of Non-Hispanic White residents.
    • Although Montgomery County ranks among the wealthiest counties in the nation, the top 1 percent makes 22 times more than the bottom 99 percent of all households. Median household incomes vary dramatically by race and ethnicity, ranging from $125,000 for Non-Hispanic White households and $109,000 for Asian households to $72,000 for Black and Hispanic households.
    • Homeownership also varies by race and ethnicity, with 75 percent of Non-Hispanic White residents and 74 percent of Asian residents owning their homes, compared to 43 percent of African-American residents and 49 percent of Hispanic residents.

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Last Updated: August 28, 2019