Women in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland is home to 1,058,810 residents according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau (July 1, 2017), making it the largest jurisdiction in the State of Maryland. The County counts  547,028 women among its population, accounting for 51.7% of all County residents and for 17.5% of all women in the State of Maryland.

Age Groups

Women have a median age of 40.6 years, 2.9 years older than men. This is primarily due to longer life expectancy, with women making up 65% of County residents over the age of 84. Women also slightly outnumber men in the working adult age range of 18-64, representing 51.4% of the total population in this cohort. Girls (under 18) account for 22.1% of females; 16.4% of County women are 65 years old or older; and the remaining 61.5% of County women are between the age of 18 and 64.

Diversity

Montgomery County is a majority-minority community, with 56% of women identifying as an ethnic minority. Hispanic and Black/African American women are virtually tied as the largest ethnic group, accounting for more than 100,000 women each. 
Women by Ethnicity (#)
Women by Ethnicity (%)
As the charts below show, Montgomery County is home to over a third of the State's Hispanic women and more than 4 in 10 of the State's Asian women. The number of women who identify as White non-Hispanic has dropped by 11 percentage points, from 55% to 44% since 2006, with Hispanic women growing at the fastest rate (+5 percentage points). 
Women by Ethnicity (% of State)
Women by Ethnicity (%) - 2006 vs. 2016
Immigrants account for 33% of women and girls in Montgomery County (up 4 percentage points since 2006) and 40% of adult women. 55% of women immigrants are naturalized (up 8 percentage points from 2006). 

Household Composition and Marital Status

51% of County women over the age of 15 are married, while 30% have never been married (compared to 34% for men). Among women aged 65 and over, 29% are widowed (compared to 8% among men).
Marital Status for Women
% of Women Married by Ethnicity
Marital Status by Age
Marital Status by Age

Motherhood

Research reported in the New York Times shows that mothers in Montgomery County had their first child on average at the of 29.2 (3 years later than the national average of 26.3). Married mothers in Montgomery County have their first child at 30.9 on average (vs. 28.8 nationally), while mothers with college degrees have their first child at 31.6 on average (compared to 30.3 nationally).