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Kensington, Maryland

Kensington is a town located in Montgomery County, Maryland. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,873.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Economy
5 Law and Government
6 External resources
7 References


Kensington was incorporated as a town in 1894.


Kensington is located in Montgomery County, northwest of
Silver Spring, northeast of Bethesda, southwest of Wheaton, and southeast of Rockville. Its latitude is 39o1'48" N, longitude 77o4'30" W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²). 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 1,873 people, 729 households, and 467 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,418.0/km² (3,668.6/mi²). There are 768 housing units at an average density of 581.4/km² (1,504.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 89.96% White, 2.51% African American, 0.59% Native American, 2.94% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.49% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. 4.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 729 households out of which 31.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% are married couples living together, 6.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% are non-families. 29.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.2% 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 3.08.

In the town the population is spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $76,716, and the median income for a family is $96,394. Males have a median income of $65,804 versus $41,364 for females. The per capita income for the town is $35,919. 2.1% of the population and 0.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 0.0% are under the age of 18 and 1.3% are 65 or older.


Kensington is best known for its large number of antique shops.

Law and Government

Mayor or City Executive

The current Mayor of Kensington is Lynn Ranfaste.

Representative body

Kensington has a four-member council, elected for two-year terms.

External resources

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Kensington, a picture history. Kensington (MD), Kensington Business District Association, 1994.