Origin: Baltimore City was incorporated in 1796 (Chapter 68, Acts of 1796). The City name was derived from the Proprietary's Irish Barony. As a governmental unit, the City separated from Baltimore County in 1851. Baltimore, "The Charm City", has been home to historic notables, such as poet Edgar Allen Poe and baseball great, Babe Ruth. Throughout the 200-year history of the area, there have been many inhabitants that have graced the pages of history books, as well as left their achievement behind for others to benefit from. Baltimore County is a suburban county located in the northern portion of U.S. state of Maryland.
As of 2000, the population is 754,292. Its county seat is Towson. The name of the county was derived from the barony of the Proprietor of the Maryland colony, in County Longford, Ireland. It should be noted that Baltimore County does not include the City of Baltimore, which was split off as an independent city in 1851.
This county is a part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 754,292 people, 299,877 households, and 198,518 families residing in the county. The population density is 487/km˛ (1,260/mi˛). There are 313,734 housing units at an average density of 202/km˛ (524/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 74.39% White, 20.10% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 3.17% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 1.83% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 299,877 households out of which 30.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.40% are married couples living together, 12.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% are non-families. 27.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.00.
In the county the population is spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 90.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $50,667, and the median income for a family is $59,998. Males have a median income of $41,048 versus $31,426 for females. The per capita income for the county is $26,167. 6.50% of the population and 4.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.20% of those under the age of 18 and 6.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.