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Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Anne Arundel County is a county located in the U.S. State of Maryland.

As of 2000, the population is 489,656. It was named for the wife of Cecil Calvert, the second Baron of Baltimore, Lady Anne Arundell or Arundel. Its county seat is Annapolis, which is also the capital of the state. It is pronounced AnnaRUNdul.

This county is a part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area.


Anne Arundel County was an original county in Maryland, created in 1650, the year after Anne Arundel's death. Part of the original Anne Arundel County (the Howard District) was broken off and made into Howard County, Maryland in 1851, the 21st of 23 counties.


Anne Arundel county is located to the southeast of the city of Baltimore. It contains only two incorporated municipalities: the city of Annapolis, incorporated in 1708, and the town of Highland Beach, incorporated 1922. Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people, but they lack local government. The United States Census Bureau also recognizes a number of Census-Designated Places in Anne Arundel County.

Other entities, such as the United States Postal Service, use a different selection of local place names. In all these cases, since the places are unincorporated, the boundaries are determined by the classifying authority.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,523 km² (588 mi²). 1,077 km² (416 mi²) of it is land and 445 km² (172 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 29.25% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 489,656 people, 178,670 households, and 129,178 families residing in the county. The population density is 455/km² (1,177/mi²). There are 186,937 housing units at an average density of 174/km² (449/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 81.24% White, 13.57% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.29% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 2.63% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 178,670 households out of which 34.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% are married couples living together, 11.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% are non-families. 21.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.65 and the average family size is 3.09.

In the county the population is spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 32.80% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $61,768, and the median income for a family is $69,019. Males have a median income of $43,747 versus $32,348 for females. The per capita income for the county is $27,578. 5.10% of the population and 3.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.30% are under the age of 18 and 5.80% are 65 or older.

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