Maryland vs. Texas by the numbers


By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun


After Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a swipe at Maryland's business climate in radio ads aimed at luring
companies and residents to the Lone Star state, we compare the very different states.


Category
Maryland
Texas
National
Year of statehood
1788 (7th state to join the union)
1845 (28th state to join the union)
1787
Population
5.89 milion (ranked 19th most populated)
26.06 million (ranked 2nd most populated)
313,914,000
Land area (square miles)
9,773.82 (ranked 9th smallest)
261,797.12 (ranked 2nd largest)
3,537,438.44
Persons per square mile
606.2 (ranked 5th in density)
98.7 (ranked 26th in density)
88.08
Median income
$72,419 (ranked highest)
$50,920 (ranked 28th highest)
$52,762
Unemployment rate
7.1% (ranked 25th lowest)
6.5% (ranked 18th lowest)
7.7%
Gross State Product per capita
$51,724 (ranked 13th highest)
$45,940 (ranked 25th highest)
$47,482
Income inequality rank
18th lowest
9th highest
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Tax rates
10.2% (ranked 12th highest)
7.9% (ranked 45th highest)
9.9%
Percentage of residents below poverty level
9% (ranked 11th lowest)
17% (ranked 6th highest)
14%
Percentage of residents using the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (commonly known as Food Stamps)
13.6% (ranked 34th highest)
15.9% (ranked 25th highest)
15.5%
Median home value
$319,000 (rank unavailable)
$126,000 (rank unavailable)
$186,200
Homeownership rate
68% (ranked 24th highest)
65% (ranked 10th lowest)
66%
Public schools report card
B+ (ranked highest)
C+ (ranked 14th highest)
C+
Percentage of residents with a high school diploma
88% (ranked 23rd highest)
80% (ranked 2nd lowest)
85%
Percentage of residents with a bachelors degree or higher
36% (ranked 4th highest)
26% (ranked 30th highest)
28%
Percentage of residents without health insurance
13.8% (ranked 27th highest)
23.8% (ranked highest)
15.7%
Percentage of residents considered obese
25.2% (ranked 28th most obese)
27.2% (ranked 15th most obese)
37.5%
Doctors per 100,000 residents
421.4 (ranked 2nd highest)
214.2 (ranked 41th highest)
271.1
Teen pregnancies per 1,000 residents
63 (ranked 26th highest)
85 (ranked 3rd highest)
68
Violent crimes per 100,000 residents
642 (ranked 9th highest)
511 (ranked 14th highest)
467
Traffic deaths per 100 million vehicles miles
1.09 (ranked 10th lowest)
1.38 (ranked 25th highest)
1.36

Sources: U.S. Census, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Education Week, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taxfoundation.org, Guttmacher Institute, Bureau of Economic Analysis


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