Leisure World is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It is an age-restricted, gated development primarily inhabited by retirees. It was formerly known as the Rossmoor census-designated place for the 2000 census, at which time it had a population of 7,569.
As an unincorporated area, Leisure World’s boundaries are not officially defined, but are unofficially defined by a fence around the community.
Leisure World is, however, recognized by the United States Census Bureau as a census-designated place, and by the United States Geological Survey as a populated place located at 39°6′14″N 77°4′16″W / 39.10389°N 77.07111°W / 39.10389; -77.07111 (39.103825, −77.070982).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the place has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km), all land.
Of the population between 2011 and 2015, 23% speak a language other than English at home.
As of 2015, of people age 25 or older, 92% had graduated high school, and 46% had earned a bachelor’s degree.
Of residents age 16 or older, 26% were working in the civilian labor force. Their mean travel time to work was 33 minutes. The median household income was $53,175. Of the population, 7% were below the poverty level.
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,749 people living in 5,803 households in the area. The average household size was 1.57. The population density was 7,997 people per square mile.
The racial makeup of the area was 75% White, 17% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7% of the population. 71% were white and not Hispanic or Latino.
The population included 1,444 veterans. Foreign-born persons consisted of 23% of the population.
In the area the population was spread out with 4.5% under the age of 18, 22.6% from age 18 to 64, and 72.9% who were 65 years of age or older. Of the population, 62.5% were female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,569 people, 4,857 households, and 1,792 families residing in the area. The population density was 6,918.0 people per square mile (2,681.1/km²). There were 5,347 housing units at an average density of 4,887.1/sq mi (1,894.0/km²). The racial makeup of the area was 83.15% White, 11.57% African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.74% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.43% of the population.
There were 4,857 households out of which 3.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.4% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 63.1% were non-families. 61.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 56.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.53 and the average family size was 2.33.
In the area the population was spread out with 5.2% under the age of 18, 1.8% from 18 to 24, 6.8% from 25 to 44, 9.7% from 45 to 64, and 76.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 77 years. For every 100 females, there were 52.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 50.9 males.
The median income for a household in the area was $45,945, and the median income for a family was $63,773. Males had a median income of $54,408 versus $36,038 for females. The per capita income for the area was $37,761. About 1.0% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.