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Towson is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. The population was 51,793 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Baltimore CountyGR6. It's also one of the largest unincorporated county seats in the United States. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A community is a social group of organisms sharing an environment, normally with shared interests. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... For other uses of Baltimore, see Baltimore (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... For other uses of Baltimore, see Baltimore (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ...

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History

The community of Towson began about 1750 when two brothers, William and Thomas Towson, emigrated from Pennsylvania and started farming on Sater's Hill, to the northeast of York and Joppa Roads. In 1768 Thomas' son, Ezekiel built a large tavern at the crossroads, just north of where the Recher Theater is now. A small village called "Towsontown" began to grow around it, serving area farmers who traveled on York, Dulaney Valley, and Joppa Roads. Events March 2 - Small earthquake in London, England April 4 - Small earthquake in Warrington, England August 23 - Small earthquake in Spalding, England September 30 - Small earthquake in Northampton, England November 16 – Westminster Bridge officially opened Jonas Hanway is the first Englishman to use an umbrella James Gray reveals her sex... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... 1768 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1790, the Ridgely family completed the magnificent Hampton Mansion, then the largest home in America.[1] On the estate, other buildings were erected by the Chews, Shealeys, Schmucks, Phipps, Paynes, Lees, Bowens, Wares, and Bosleys. In 1839, Epsom Chapel became the first house of worship for the community. (It was demolished in 1950, making way for Towson Plaza, now Towson Town Center.) Year 1790 (MDCCXC) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Charles Carnan Ridgely Charles Carnan Ridgely (December 6, 1760 – July 17, 1829) served as Governor of the state of Maryland in the United States from 1815 to 1818. ... Hampton National Historic Site, at 535 Hampton Lane in Hampton, Maryland, preserves a remnant of a vast 18th century estate including a Georgian manor house, gardens and grounds, and original stone slave quarters. ... 1839 (MDCCCXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


A new era began in 1854 when the Court House construction started and Towson officially became the Baltimore County Seat. Numerous buildings were built in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, giving the community a distinctive 19th Century atmosphere that is still visible. 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


As the area is adjacent to Baltimore City, some amenities in the City are commonly thought to be part of the Towson area, such as the nearby Senator Theater. REDIRECT Baltimore,_Maryland ... The Senator Theatre [2] is a historic single-screen Art Deco movie theater located at 5904 York Road in the Govans section of Baltimore, Maryland 21212. ...


Major neighborhoods in Towson include Anneslie, Rodgers Forge, Stoneleigh, Wiltondale, Southland Hills, Hunt Crest Estates, East Towson, and West Towson. Ruxton, which lies to the west, is sometimes considered a part of Towson. Ruxton is an unincorporated area in Baltimore County, Maryland. ...


Geography

Towson is located at 39°23′35″N, 76°36′34″W (39.392980, -76.609562)GR1. Adapted from Wikipedias MD county maps by Seth Ilys. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 36.8 km² (14.2 mi²). 36.4 km² (14.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.06%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The community is located immediately north of Baltimore City, inside the Beltway (I-695), east of I-83 and along York Road. Its census boundaries include Pikesville to the west, Lutherville-Timonium and Hampton to the north, Parkville to the east, and Baltimore to the south. The Baltimore Beltway, Interstate 695, is a full beltway interstate highway extending around Baltimore, Maryland. ... Interstate 83 is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Maryland State Highway 45, the majority of which is known locally as York Road with a section several miles long known as Greenmount Avenue, is a main road from US 1 (North Avenue) in Baltimore, Maryland, north to the Pennsylvania state line, where it continues to York, Pennsylvania. ... Pikesville is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Lutherville-Timonium is a census-designated place (CDP) in Baltimore County, Maryland made up of the unicoporated communities of Lutherville and Timonium. ... Hampton is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Parkville is a census-designated place located in Baltimore County, Maryland. ...


Demographics

Towson Circle

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 51,793 people, 21,063 households, and 11,331 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,424.3/km² (3,688.7/mi²). There were 21,997 housing units at an average density of 604.9/km² (1,566.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 69.9% White, 7.53% African American, 0.20% Native American, 7.30% Asian, 0.60% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latinos were 18% of the population Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 21,063 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.2% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.87. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the CDP the population was spread out with 17.4% under the age of 18, 17.5% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.8 males.


The median income for a household in the CDP was $53,775, and the median income for a family was $75,832. Males had a median income of $49,554 versus $38,172 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,502. About 2.5% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Towson's Population History

  • 1960....19,000
  • 1970....77,768 [1]
  • 1980....51,083
  • 1990....49,445
  • 2000....51,793
  1. ^ Census Boundaries in 1970 extended beyond the community proper.

Shopping and Entertainment

  • Towson Town Center
  • Towson Commons
  • Towson Place
  • Recher Theater
  • Ten Car Pile Up
  • The Quarter

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Library

Baltimore County Public Library
Towson Library Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), established in 1948, is a public library system located in central Maryland. ...


Education

Public Schools

Towson is served by the Baltimore County Public Schools. Baltimore County Public Schools is a school district headquartered in unincorporated Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. ...


High schools

Middle schools Towson High School is a high school founded in 1873 as the first secondary school in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Loch Raven High School is a high school in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Carver Center for Arts and Technology is a public magnet high school located in Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland. ...

Elementary schools Dumbarton Middle School is a public school located on 300 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, Maryland in Towson. ...

  • Rodgers Forge Elementary
  • Stoneleigh Elementary
  • Pleasant Plains Elementary
  • Cromwell Valley Elementary
  • Ridge Ruxton School

Private Schools

Towson Catholic High School is a private Catholic, co-educational high school in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland. ... Loyola Blakefield is a Catholic, college preparatory school established by the Jesuits through the spirit of Ignatius Loyola to educate men to serve others. ... Calvert Hall College High School (also known as Calvert Hall or CHC) is a Catholic college preparatory high school for boys located in Towson, Maryland, USA. Its mission is to make their students men of faith, men of intellect, and men of integrity. ... Baltimore Lutheran School is a private secondary school located in Towson, Maryland. ... Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) is a Catholic college preparatory school for girls, located in Towson, Maryland, USA. It was founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. ...

Colleges and universities

Towson University, formerly Maryland State Normal School (1866-1935), Maryland State Teachers College at Towson (1935-1963), Towson State College (1963-1976), Towson State University (1976-1997), is a public university located in Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Haebler Memorial Chapel, a non-denomonational chapel in the heart of Goucher College Goucher College is a highly selective co-educational liberal arts college located in the northern Baltimore suburb of Towson, on a 287 acre (1. ...

Notable Residents and Natives

Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States serving under President Richard M. Nixon, and the fifty-fifth Governor of Maryland. ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ... Divine with dogs Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988) was best known for his drag persona, Divine. ... The artist Jane Frank (or Jane Schenthal Frank) was born Jane Babette Schenthal on July 25,1918, in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Untitled (1963) by Jane Frank: 45X18. ... William Purington Cole, Jr. ... Categories: | ... Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American swimmer and World Record Holder in several events. ... John Constantine Johnny Unitas (May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed The Golden Arm, was a professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... Gino John Marchetti (born January 2, 1927, Smithers, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. ... Dallas Texans has been the name of various American football teams. ... The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is a former professional football coach for the National Football League. ... The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Albert Irvin Cassell (1895-1969) was a prominent mid-twentieth-century African American architect in Washington, D.C., whose work shaped many academic communities in the United States. ... Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. ... Re5ult is a UK company established in 2003 that specialises in providing information services via SMS, email or online. ...

Trivia

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... An image from the original Splinter Cell Splinter Cell is a series of video games endorsed by American author Tom Clancy. ... Raymond Benson (born September 6, 1955) is an American author best known for being the last official author of the adult James Bond novels. ... For the Australian rules football player, see Samuel Fisher. ... Divine with dogs Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 Towson, Maryland - March 7, 1988) was better known by his drag persona Divine. ... John Waters (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. ... Pink Flamingos is a 1972 film directed by John Waters. ... Hairspray is a 1988 cult film written and directed by John Waters. ... Carmelo Kiyan Anthony (born May 29, 1984)) is an American professional basketball player at the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association and the USA National Team. ... Towson Catholic High School, affectionately known as TC by many, is a Private Catholic, co-educational high school in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland. ... The artist Jane Frank (or Jane Schenthal Frank) was born Jane Babette Schenthal on July 25,1918, in Baltimore, Maryland. ...

Sources

  • Historic Towson Inc.

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Towson, Maryland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (748 words)
Towson is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Elaine Benes, of the 1990s NBC sitcom Seinfeld, is from Towson.
In the Splinter Cell novels by Raymond Benson, the character of Sam Fisher resides in a Townhouse in the southern part of Towson.
Towson University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (356 words)
Towson University, located in Towson, Maryland (Baltimore County), is part of the University System of Maryland.
Towson University was founded in 1866 as Maryland State Normal School and over time was situated at several locations in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 1976 the school became Towson State University and in 1997 it dropped the "state" designation to become Towson University, a change that reflects its evolution from a state-supported to a state-assisted institution.
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