About Harford County

With a highly skilled and educated workforce supporting our community, an excellent quality of life, and a dynamic UU Fellowship, we feel Harford County is one of the most desirable locations in the State of Maryland.

Harford County is part of the Baltimore metropolitan area located on I-95 within an easy drive to Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. This strategic location offers proximity to a rich array of regional attractions, and educational, cultural, sporting, and leisure activities.

There are 7,053 acres of state parkland in Harford County, including Susquehanna and Rocks State Parks. Leisure programs and facilities include six public golf courses and the Ma and Pa Heritage Bike and Hike Trail. The beautiful Chesapeake Bay and several of its tributaries run through our county, offering recreational water activities.

The immediate surrounding community is a blend of suburban and rural living. We enjoy a great deal of open land, while shopping malls, theaters and restaurants are just minutes away in most directions. Our Fellowship is located in the center of Harford County, ¼ mile from the beautiful campus of Harford Community College which boasts an excellent cultural arts program, sports complex, and a vibrant partnership with Towson University. Our Fellowship is an important recognized liberal institution in a relatively conservative county. We were the community leaders in the fight for Marriage Equality and the only church in the County who visibly supported the Black Lives Matter movement.

From 2015 through 2040

  • Overall population of Harford County is projected to increase 15% (from 248,989 to 286,095)
  • All age groups of the population are expected to increase, except 45-64 year olds, which is projected to decrease by 10%.
  • The fastest growing age groups are:
    • 85 year old+ — increase 195% (4348 to 12819)
    • 65-84 years old — increase 59% (31846 to 50616)
    • 40-44 years old — increase 26% (15675 to 19702)
    • 0-4 years old — increase 23% (13817 to 17043)
    • 20-39 years old — increase 9.8% (59916 to 65790)
    • 5-19 years old — increase 9% (49784 to 54220)

Families and General Information

  • The number of households in Harford County in 2015 was 93,358 with average 2.7 persons per household. Projected number for 2020 is 97,892 households.
  • Unemployment in 2016 has been hovering around 4% and reached a peak of about 8.5% in 2010.
  • The Harford County median household income from 2010-2014 was $81,016
  • 79% of housing units are owner-occupied with median value of $279,300
  • The median gross rent is $1139.
  • The average travel time to work for workers at 16 years and older is 31.9 minutes.
  • 5.2% of population is foreign born.
  • 6.9% speak a language other than English at home.
  • 93% have at least graduated from high school.
  • 33% have completed at least a Bachelors degree.

Race and Ethnicity as of July 2015

  • White – 77% (down from 79.2% in 2010)
  • Black/African American – 13.6% (up from 12.7% in 2010)
  • Hispanic/Latino – 4.3% (up from 3.5% in 2010)
  • Asian – 3.1% (up from 2.4% in 2010)
  • Multiracial – 2.5% (no change from 2010)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native – .3% (no change)
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – .1% (no change)

Public Schools

  • Overall enrollment in Harford County Public Schools is projected to increase 1.9%, from 11,189 to 11,396 students.
  • HCPS is the 8th largest District in Maryland and ranks 13th of the 24 MD Districts in Cost per Pupil

Political Overview

Even though the State of Maryland is dominantly Democrat, Harford County is historically predominantly a Republican stronghold. The County Executive and County Council, along with the Harford County Sheriff, are all elected positions and are all currently held by Republicans. There are 136,684 registered voters, with 63,397 Democrats and 73,287 Republicans.

Industry and Labor Force

The major industry in Harford County is within the Governmental sector, comprising 22.5% of the workforce. Most of these jobs exist at Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army Post established in 1917 and the oldest operating Army proving grounds with close to 17,000 jobs. The next largest sector is Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (22.3% of the workforce), followed by Education and Health Services, (12.5% of the workforce) and Professional Business Services (12.4% of the workforce).

The largest private-sector employers include:

  • Upper Chesapeake Health (3,129)
  • Rite Aid Mid-Atlantic Customer Support Center (1,300)
  • Kohl’s (1,255)
  • Harford Community College (1,029)
  • Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland (1,000)