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Census says more commute into county than in 1990

Business officials say U.S. Census figures show Washington County is becoming an "Employment Center."

Business officials say U.S. Census figures show Washington County is becoming an "Employment Center."

March 11, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The number of people commuting into Washington County for jobs grew more in the last decade than the number of people commuting out of the county, according to newly released U.S. Census data.

In 1990, 13,845 people commuted into Washington County to work and 13,550 commuted out, for a difference of 295.

In 2000, the difference jumped to 4,073. Figures from the 2000 Census show that 20,451 people commuted in to work in Washington County, while 16,378 people commuted out of the county.

The newest commuting data, broken down for counties and states across the country, was released last week.

Some Washington County business officials hailed the change as encouraging economic news.

"The latest commuting numbers show that everything Washington County has been working toward during the past several years is bearing fruit ...," Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Director Tim Troxell said in a prepared statement. "These Census figures show that Washington County is becoming an 'Employment Center' and that is something to celebrate."


"There have been thousands of new jobs created in Washington County," said Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Teeter Jr. "These figures show that our local economy has made positive advances."

In 1990, Frederick County had 17,090 more people leaving the county to get to work than people entering the county.

The deficit was slightly higher - 17,587 - in the 2000 Census.

According to the Maryland Department of Planning, the 2000 Census found that about 18 percent of Maryland residents with jobs commute out of the state.

Most Marylanders leaving the state go to Washington, D.C., the destination for 62 percent of those commuters.

Virginia was next, at 26 percent.

Similar to Washington County, the number of people entering Maryland for work grew more since the last census than the number of people leaving the state for work.

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