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Calvert County, MD


Calvert County, MD

Calvert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. It occupies the Calvert Peninsula which is bordered on the east by the Chesapeake Bay and on the west by the Patuxent River. Calvert County is part of the Southern Maryland region. Its residents are among the highest median household-income in the United States. Its county seat is the town of Prince Frederick, Maryland. The county's name is derived from the family name of the Barons of Baltimore, the proprietors of the English Colony of Maryland. Calvert County is one of the several Maryland counties that make up part of the Washington Metropolitan Area or the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.

Planetarium First settled as Charles County (not the same as present-day Charles County, Maryland) around 1650, it was renamed. Patuxent County was established in 1654 by an Order in Council. In 1658 the county was renamed Calvert County. It is one of the older counties in Maryland, after St. Mary's County, Kent County and Anne Arundel County. Once made up primarily of farms and tobacco fields, the county was/is slowly claiming its place as a fast-growing exurban neighbor of Washington.

Many home prices have nearly quadrupled in the past decade, with many four-bedroom homes in the northern half of the county averaging over $1,000,000. The popular weekend resort towns Solomons, Maryland and Chesapeake Beach are notable. The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 345 square miles (893.5 km2), of which 215 square miles (556.8 km2) is land and 130 square miles (336.7 km2) (37.65%) is water.Calvert County is the home of the notable Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant at Lusby. A branch of the United States Naval Research Laboratory is located at Chesapeake Beach. The Cove Point LNG Terminal is located near Lusby, Maryland, on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station is located immediately to the south of Calvert County, in St. Mary's County.
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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 74,563 people, 25,447 households, and 20,154 families residing in the county. The population density was 346 people per square mile (134/km²). There were 27,576 housing units at an average density of 128 per square mile (49/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.93% White, 13.11% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 1.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.5% were of Irish, 15.0% German, 12.0% English, 11.5% United States or American and 7.1% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 25,447 households out of which 41.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.80% were non-families. 16.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 8.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $65,945, and the median income for a family was $71,545 (these figures had risen to $88,989 and $100,229 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $48,664 versus $32,265 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,410. About 3.10% of families and 4.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.10% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

According to the 2010 Census the racial and ethnic make-up of the Calvert County Population was 79.65% Non-Hispanic whites, 13.44% blacks, 0.37% Native Americans, 1.42% Asians, 0.05% Pacific Islanders, 0.12% Non-Hispanics reporting some other race, 2.40% Non-Hispanics reporting multiple races and 2.75% Hispanic.
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Population

Total Population 92,672
Population Density 268 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 50,7%
Population Change since 1990 80% Increase
Population Change since 2000 24% Increase
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 25,447
Family Households 20,154
Average Family Size 3.0
Average Household Income $90,379
Median Household Income $69,405
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 72% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 24% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.
Total Crime Risk 0.35
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.45
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.52
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.37
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.10
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.75
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.33
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.41
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.39
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.19
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Climate

Calvert County lies in the Humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and mild to chilly winters with plentiful precipitation year-round. Its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay has a moderating effect on temperatures compared with locales further inland.
Average July High Temperature 74.4 °F
Average January Low Temperature 36.4 °F
Annual Precipitation 43.1 inches
Air Pollution Index 95% of National Average
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The Outdoors

Drum Point Calvert County Maryland could quite possibly be one of the most gorgeous counties in all of Maryland. Located on the Calvert Peninsula, Calvert County is bordered on the east by the Chesapeake Bay and by the Patuxent River on the west. Due their unique shops and museums, superb restaurants, and abundant waterways Calvert County has earned itself the nickname “Charm of the Chesapeake.”

Tourism is actually an exceptionally important aspect of the County's economic development program. Every calendar is choc full of unique and interesting activities and festivals which truly are one-of-a-kind. Enjoy nature? Calvert County has an ample amount of nature walks, beaches, lighthouses, and other such adventures. Theses places really allow one to fully take advantage of the beauty which is found on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay. Some other unique outdoor opportunities which can be found within the heart of Calvert County include fossil hunting (that's right, Fossil Hunting), sculptured gardens, boat cruises, and some of the freshest farmers markets around! Catch an exhilarating view of the coast during a guided canoe tour, or explore the woods during a guided hike, regardless what your interests are, Calvert County has it all.