Elkton Population Surges in New Census Report

February 10, 2011

The town of Elkton saw significant population growth in the past decade while the rest of the county’s towns saw more modest gains, according to new census data.

Elkton grew by 29.8 percent, growing from 11,893 people in 2000 to 15,443 in 2010, according to census data. Elkton moved up a notch, from 18th place to 17th, on the list of the 20 most populous cities or towns in Maryland.

Baltimore remained the state’s largest city, even after its loss of over 30,000 residents since the last census. Frederick was the second largest city in the state while Rockville, in Montgomery County, came in third.

On the Eastern Shore, Salisbury was the largest local jurisdiction and remained the 9th largest in the state, while Easton moved up from 19th place on the last census report to 16th largest in the new report.

Demographically, Elkton’s population is predominantly white—11,738 residents—while African-Americans or blacks constituted the largest minority group in the town: 2,337 residents. Other minorities included 584 multi-racial individuals and 407 Asians.

Elkton’s growth is not entirely due to new arrivals since part of the change can be attributed to annexation of properties into town limits since the last census.

Perryville was the second largest town in the county, with 4,361 residents. North East counted 3,572 residents. Rising Sun tallied 2,781 residents while Charlestown’s population was 1,183.

The rest of the towns had similar census counts: Chesapeake City, 673 residents; Cecilton, 663 residents and Port Deposit, 653.

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