Fatal vehicle crashes in Maryland spike during pandemic despite less people on the road

Maryland followed a nationwide trend during the pandemic where, despite emptier roads, vehicle crashes turned more fatal than previous years. This is possibly due to riskier driving behaviors, such as distracted driving and speeding.

Higher education enrollment faced unprecedented drop during COVID-19 pandemic

Public higher education enrollment significantly declined despite a high unemployment rate during the pandemic, breaking a historical trend. As the country came out of the recession, enrollment plummeted even further.

Public school enrollment decreases during pandemic

As public schools in Maryland and across the country saw a decline in enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, homeschooling and private school enrollment rates increased as parents grew dissatisfied with virtual instruction and, later on, mask and potential vaccine mandates.