As of the 2000 census, its population is 35,838. It is the county seat of Anne Arundel County. This city is a part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. It is home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John's College.
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The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the union and it is topped by the largest wooden dome built without nails in the nation. It was in the Maryland state house that George Washington famously resigned his commission in the army. The Continental Congress met briefly in the building and Annapolis was a significant candidate for being made the new nation's capital before it was decided to build Washington, DC on the Potomac River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.7 km² (7.6 mi²). 17.4 km² (6.7 mi²) of it is land and 2.3 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 11.70% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 35,838 people, 15,303 households, and 8,676 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,056.0/km² (5,326.0/mi²). There are 16,165 housing units at an average density of 927.4/km² (2,402.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 62.66% White, 31.44% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.22% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 6.42% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 15,303 households out of which 24.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% are married couples living together, 16.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% are non-families. 32.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.93.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $49,243, and the median income for a family is $56,984. Males have a median income of $39,548 versus $30,741 for females. The per capita income for the city is $27,180. 12.7% of the population and 9.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 20.8% are under the age of 18 and 10.4% are 65 or older.
Annapolis is the birthplace of James M. Cain.