- Charles County, Maryland
Charles County, Maryland
Location in the state of Maryland
Maryland's location in the U.S.
Founded 1658 Seat La Plata Area
643.22 sq mi (1,666 km²)
461.00 sq mi (1,194 km²)
182.22 sq mi (472 km²), 28.33%
318/sq mi (122.7/km²)
Charles County is a part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
- 1 History
- 2 Law and Government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Economy
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Hunters Brooke Arson
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Cities and towns
- 9 Education
- 10 Notable residents
- 11 Sports
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Law and Government
Board of Commissioners
Charles County is governed by county commissioners, the traditional form of county government in Maryland. There are five commissioners. As of 2008[update], they are:
Position Name Affiliation District President Candice Quinn Kelly Democratic At-Large Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II Democratic Vice President Commissioner Ken Robinson Democratic District 1 Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. Democratic District 2 Commissioner Bobby Rucci Democratic District 4
Charles County is entirely located within the 5th Congressional District. The current representative is Democratic House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 643.22 square miles (1,665.9 km2), of which 461.00 square miles (1,194.0 km2) (or 71.67%) is land and 182.22 square miles (471.9 km2) (or 28.33%) is water.
- Prince George's County (north)
- Fairfax County, Virginia (northwest)
- Calvert County (east)
- Stafford County, Virginia (west)
- Prince William County, Virginia (west)
- St. Mary's County (southeast)
- Westmoreland County, Virginia (southeast)
- King George County, Virginia (south)
National protected area
According to the County's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers by number of employees in the county are:
# Employer # of Employees 1 Charles County Board of Education 3,509 2 Naval Surface Warfare Center 3,021 3 Charles County Government 1,719 4 College of Southern Maryland 1,090 5 Civista Medical Center 805 6 Wal-Mart 674 7 Facchina 480 8 Target 467 9 Reliable Contracting 420 10 Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative 379 11 The Wills Group 377 12 Genesis HealthCare 320 13 Lowes 306 14 Macy's 250 15 Charles County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 250 16 Chaney Enterprises 226 17 Sears 220 18 Keller Bus Service 206
- Maryland Route 5
- Maryland Route 6
- Maryland Route 210
- Maryland Route 224
- Maryland Route 228
- Maryland Route 925
Hunters Brooke Arson
On December 4, 2004 an arson took place in the development of Hunters Brooke which is located a few miles southeast of Indian Head. It later became the largest residential arson in the history of the state of Maryland.
of Charles County
Year Population 1790 20,613 1800 19,172 1810 20,245 1820 16,500 1830 17,769 1840 16,023 1850 16,162 1860 16,517 1870 15,738 1880 18,548 1890 15,191 Year Population 1900 17,662 1910 16,386 1920 17,705 1930 16,166 1940 17,612 1950 23,415 1960 32,572 1970 47,678 1980 72,751 1990 101,154 2000 120,546 2010 146,551
The county is experiencing a dramatic growth in African-American population, which began in 1990. Census figures below are from 2000:
As of the census of 2000, there were 120,546 people, 41,668 households, and 32,292 families residing in the county. The population density was 262 people per square mile (101/km²). There were 43,903 housing units at an average density of 95 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.51% White, 26.06% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.6% were of German, 10.8% Irish, 10.2% English, 9.3% American and 5.3% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 41,668 households out of which 41.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.50% were non-families. 17.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 33.20% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $62,199, and the median income for a family was $67,602 (these figures had risen to $80,573 and $89,358 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $43,371 versus $34,231 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,285. About 3.70% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2010 the county population's racial makeup was 48.38% Non-Hispanic whites, 40.96% blacks, 0.65% Native Americans, 2.98% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islanders, 0.17% Non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.20% Non-Hispanics reporting more than one race and 4.27% Hispanic.
Cities and towns
This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:
- Indian Head (incorporated 1920)
- La Plata (incorporated 1888)
- Port Tobacco Village (incorporated 1888) (Note that, despite its name, Port Tobacco Village is a town, not a village.)
Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:
Other unincorporated places not listed as Census-Designated Places but known in the area include:
- Bel Alton
- Cobb Island
- Mount Victoria
- Popes Creek
- Rock Point
- Swan Point
- White Plains
Colleges and universities
Public school system
- Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long (1798–1880) is considered to be the “Mother of Texas.”
- Benjamin Stoddert (1751–1813), first United States Secretary of the Navy
- Samuel Alexander Mudd (1833–1883)- Born in Charles County, Mudd is the Maryland doctor implicated and imprisoned for aiding John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
- George Cary (1811–1850), born near Allens Fresh in Charles County, United States Congressman from Georgia
- James Neale (1615–1684) Born Drury Lane, London, England immigrated 1634, founded Wollaston Manor plantation and Cobb Island.
- Prominent American Revolutionary War statesmen John Hanson, Thomas Stone, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, and General William Smallwood
- Barnes Compton, US Congressman
- James Craik Physician General during the American Revolution, and Gustavus Richard Brown were George Washington's physicians.
- Josiah Henson (1789–1883) former slave and author.
- Co-discoverer of the North Pole Matthew Henson (African-American) and Captain Raphael Semmes of the Confederate ship "Alabama" were born near Nanjemoy.
- Chuck Brown, hip-hop musician, lives in Waldorf
- Christina Milian, musician, lived in Waldorf
- Joel and Benji Madden from the band Good Charlotte grew up in Waldorf
- Robert Stethem, noted terror hijacking victim, grew up in Pinefield, Waldorf
- Danny Gatton (1945–1994), legendary guitarist, lived in Newburg
- Larry Johnson, running back for the Washington Redskins is from Pomfret, Maryland.
- Randy Starks, defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins is from Waldorf.
Club League Venue Established Championships Southern Maryland Blue Crabs ALPB, Baseball Regency Furniture Stadium 2008 0
- ^ . http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/.
- ^ The Counties of Maryland. 630. The Archives of Maryland Online. pp. 122–124. http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000630/html/am630--122.html. Retrieved November 16, 2007
- ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1911). Prince Georges County. The Johns Hopkins Press. pp. 21–22. http://books.google.com/?id=l9xLAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA22&lpg=PA22&dq=%22old+charles+county%22. Retrieved November 16, 2007
- ^ Maryland Geological Survey (1906). Maryland Geological Survey: General Reports. The Johns Hopkins Press. pp. 474–477. http://books.google.com/?id=yBIMAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA474&lpg=RA1-PA474&dq=%22history+of+charles+county%22. Retrieved April 5, 2008
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.
- ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- ^ This oddity of political geography happens in other places in Maryland, the sole state with points where travel as the crow flies due north, east, south, and west goes into the same state (Virginia).
- ^ United States Attorney for the District of Maryland (March 1, 2006). "Violent Crime Program 2005 Annual Report". United States Department of Justice. http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/Exile/files/Annual%20Report%202005%20Violent%20Crime%20Program.pdf. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- ^ Courson, Paul; Joanthan Wild (December 21, 2004). "Two more arrested in Maryland fires". Washington, Dc: CNN. p. 1. http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/12/21/maryland.fires/index.html. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- ^ Witte, Brian (January 3, 2005). "Maryland Hunts for Motives Behind State's Largest Residential Arson". Insurance Journal. http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/east/2005/01/03/features/50855.htm. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- ^ Hancock, David (Dec. 18, 2004). "3 More Charged In Maryland Arson". LA PLATA, Md: CBS NEWS. p. 1. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/06/national/main659400.shtml. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ Charles County, Maryland - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder
- ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963
Fairfax County, Virginia Prince George's County Stafford County, Virginia and Prince William County, Virginia Calvert County Charles County, Maryland King George County, Virginia St. Mary's County and Westmoreland County, Virginia Municipalities and communities of Charles County, Maryland County seat: La Plata Towns CDPs Other
Bel Alton | Benedict | Bryantown | Cobb Island | Dentsville | Faulkner | Ironsides | Issue | Malcolm | Marbury | Masons | Morgantown | Mount Victoria | Nanjemoy | Newburg | Newport | Patuxent | Pisgah | Pomfret | Popes Creek | Pomonkey | Ripley | Rison | Riverside | Rock Point | Swan Point | Welcome | White Plains
State of Maryland Annapolis (capital) Topics Regions Cities Towns CDPs
Arbutus | Arnold | Aspen Hill | Bethesda | Camp Springs | Carney | Catonsville | Chillum | Clinton | Cockeysville-Hunt Valley | Colesville | Columbia | Crofton | Dundalk | Edgewood | Eldersburg | Elkridge | Ellicott City | Essex | Fairland | Ferndale | Fort Washington | Germantown | Glen Burnie | Greater Landover | Greater Upper Marlboro | Green Haven | Hillcrest Heights | Langley Park | Lanham-Seabrook | Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands | Lochearn | Lutherville-Timonium | Middle River | Milford Mill | Montgomery Village | Odenton | Olney | Owings Mills | Oxon Hill-Glassmanor | Parkville | Perry Hall | Pikesville | Potomac | Randallstown | Redland | Reisterstown | Rosedale | St. Charles | Severn | Severna Park | Silver Spring | South Gate | Suitland-Silver Hill | Towson | Waldorf | Wheaton-Glenmont | White Oak | Woodlawn
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.