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Carroll County, Maryland

Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2010, its population was 167,134. Its county seat is Westminster. Carroll County was formed in 1836 from the western part of Baltimore County and the eastern part of Frederick County. It was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), signer of the American Declaration of Independence. From its founding until thimages/stories/city_tours/md/homes_family/shutterstock_41659837young family sitting in the sun on the lawn in front of their new home - a single house.jpge late 1950s, Carroll County was a rural farming community interspersed with small towns and villages. Population growth in the county started to increase in the late 1950s. This county is a part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.
Carroll County, 456 square miles (287,000 acres) in all, is located in the north-central piedmont area of Maryland, just south of Pennsylvania, and 10 miles northwest of Baltimore City at its closest part. The county is influenced by the entire Baltimore-Washington metro area, and Philadelphia markets only 125 miles away.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 452.40 square miles (1,171.7 km2), of which 449.13 square miles (1,163.2 km2) (or 99.28%) is land and 3.27 square miles (8.5 km2) (or 0.72%) is water.
Carroll County is bordered on the north by the Mason-Dixon Line. The Patapsco River forms its southern border, and Liberty Reservoir forms part of its eastern border. Carroll County is bordered on the west by the Monocacy River and Sam's Creek. Other major streams include Big Pipe Creek, Little Pipe Creek, Bear Branch, and the headwaters of the Gunpowder River. The Piney Run Reservoir is in the southern part of the county.
The terrain consists of largely of rolling piedmont hills. The most significant of these is Parr's Ridge, which bisects the county from southwest to northeast. The highest point is in the northeastern part of the county on Dug Hill along Deep Run Road.
There are three railroad lines that transit Carroll County. The old Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Old Main Line crosses the southern part of the county, with former stations in Sykesville and Mount Airy. The original Western Maryland Railway (WM) main line track goes through Carrollton, Westminster, New Windsor, and Union Bridge. The old Baltimore and Hanover Railroad (later acquired by WM) goes through Hampstead, Millers, and Lineboro. Two of the three railroad lines are currently operated by CSX Transportation, with the former WM main line being operated by Maryland Midland Railway.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 150,897 people, 52,503 households, and 41,109 families residing in the county. The population density was 336 people per square mile (130/km²). There were 54,260 housing units at an average density of 121 per square mile (47/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.69% White, 2.28% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.5% were of German, 14.0% Irish, 11.1% United States or American, 10.7% English and 7.3% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 52,503 households out of which 39.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.50% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.70% were non-families. 17.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $60,021, and the median income for a family was $66,430 (these figures had risen to $78,912 and $90,376 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $44,191 versus $30,599 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,829. About 2.70% of families and 3.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.00% of those under age 18 and 4.90% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2007, Carroll County was the tenth wealthiest county in the country in its population range of 65,000 to 250,000.
As of the 2010 census the population was 167,134. The racial makeup was 91.20% Non-Hispanic whites, 3.19% blacks, 0.20% Native Americans, 1.45% Asians, 0.03% Pacific Islanders, 0.09% Non-Hispanics of some other race, 1.33% Non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 2.61% Hispanics.

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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 0.29
Crime Risk (County) 0.39
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.32
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.41
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.19
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.49
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.39
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.45
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.47
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.25
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.55
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Climate

Average July High Temperature 87.3 °F
Average January Low Temperature 23.0 °F
Annual Precipitation 42.0 inches
Air Pollution Index 78% of National Average

Carroll County’s well-preserved history takes the form of rural heritage museums and civil war sites. Carroll is rich in history and tradition. Civil War troops from both sides trekked and camped along scenic roads on their fateful march to Gettysburg. The Carroll County Farm Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the workings of a 19th century farm and hosts the immensely popular Maryland Wine Festival held every September. You’ll also find antiquing, festivals, walking tours, driving tours, biking tours, and nature parks. If biking is your passion, Carroll County has 10 loop tours consisting of over 150 miles of cycling offering varying degrees of difficulty, highlighting scenic stops and historic attractions. And when your day is done, kick back and relax at a historic bed and breakfasts or hotel. Patapsco Valley State Park, whose boundaries encompass both Howard County and Baltimore County maintains bike trails, hiking and horse paths and fishing and canoe access. Carroll County boasts half a dozen golf courses from the convenient 9-hole course at McDaniel College to the expansive 27-hole course at Wakefield Valley. McDaniel College in Westminster is also the home of the Baltimore Ravens training camp.
Carroll County is characterized by quiet, well-established neighborhoods and a packed calendar of events, including the Carroll County Fair, FallFest, the Maryland Wine Festival, Art in the Park, and the Common Ground on the Hill, a live arts celebration first held in 1994.
Carroll County is more than just an ideal place to live; it’s a great place to invest.
Homes for sale in Carroll County are sought by home buyers who seek to work in the city and live in the country. Homes in Carroll County towns of New Windsor, Sykesville, Taneytown, Woodbine, Westminster, Finksburg, Hampstead offer the convenience of local shopping and are minutes from mountain views and drives through the lovely countryside of North Western Maryland. Real estate in Carroll County offer popular public schools, convenient shopping and direct commuting routes to employment centers of Baltimore, Frederick and Columbia.

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