50 in 50: Maryland

50 states in 50 weeks: U.S. states economic and infrastructure highlights.

Key Economic Indicators

GDP: $364.2 billion

GDP 5-year compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) (2017-2021): -0.2% (U.S.: 1.6%)

GDP per capita: $59,616 (U.S.: $58,154)

Population: 6.2 million

Population 5-year CAGR (2017-2021): 0.6% (U.S.: 0.5%)

Unemployment: 4.3% (U.S.: 3.9%)

Economic outlook ranking: #37 out of 50

Fiscal health ranking: #37 out of 50

Overall tax climate ranking: #46 out of 50

Key Sectors and Metro Areas

Top five industry sectors by 2021 GDP:

Sector
GDP ($ billions)
% of total GDP
Real estate and rental and leasing
51.7
14.2%
Professional, scientific, and technical services
42.8
11.7%
Federal civilian
40.3
11.1%
Health care and social assistance
28.1
7.7%
State and local
27.0
7.4%

Top three industry sectors by GDP 5-year CAGR (2017-2021):

Sector
GDP 5-year CAGR
Management of companies and enterprises
6.6%
Manufacturing
3.5%
Professional, scientific, and technical services
3.1%

Top three metro areas by GDP:

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson
  • Salisbury
  • Hagerstown-Martinsburg

Top three metro areas by population percentage increase in 2021 vs. 2020:

  • Salisbury
  • Hagerstown-Martinsburg
  • California-Lexington Park

Infrastructure Highlights

Infrastructure: ASCE Infrastructure Grade (2020): C

Systemic budget shortfalls and a continuing decline in ridership have contributed to poor transit infrastructure conditions in Maryland. Additionally, the latest White House update on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) indicated that the state has 273 bridges and over 2,201 miles of highways in less than mediocre condition. A total of $1.3 billion has been assigned to state transportation agencies this year, which will be used in combination with the state’s Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) for improvement projects over the next six years. In September, Maryland received approval to access $23 million to install about 3,500 charging ports along its main interstate corridors.

As it relates to water infrastructure, the state can tap into the $144 million that was assigned from the federal government this year. In addition to lead pipe replacement and PFAS chemicals, projects will tackle improvements aimed at preventing situations like boil warnings due to E.coli contamination, which affected certain areas of Baltimore earlier this month. Over the next five years, Maryland’s BIL funds will address the following categories of projects (additional funds may be deployed as federal grants get awarded to states):

Funds
Improvement Area
$4.1 billion
Roads and highways
$1.7 billion
Public transportation
$844 million
Water infrastructure
$409 million
Bridges replacement and repair
$158 million
Airports
$100 million
Broadband (minimum allocation)
$63 million
Electric vehicle (EV) charging network
$15.9 million
Cyberattacks protection
$7.9 million
Wildfires protection

Construction spending (Value of Construction Put in Place – CPiP):

  • Private Nonresidential 2021 CPiP: $4.1 billion; 3.8% 5-year CAGR (2017-2021), above overall U.S. CAGR of 1.4%
  • State & Local 2021 CPiP: $5.0 billion; -2.2% 5-year CAGR (2017-2021), below overall U.S. CAGR of 4.0%

AE Industry

ENR 500 firm headquarters (2022): 9

M&A activity since 2018:

  • 56 deals with buyers from Maryland
  • 39 deals with sellers from Maryland

For customized market research, contact Rafael Barbosa at rbarbosa@morrisseygoodale.com or 972.266.4955. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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