Easton, Maryland


Easton, Maryland

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Easton, Maryland
settlement_type = Town
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Maryland
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Talbot
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area_total_km2 = 27.0
area_land_km2 = 26.7
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area_total_sq_mi = 10.4
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 11708
population_density_km2 = 439.2
population_density_sq_mi = 1137.6

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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elevation_ft = 23
latd = 38 |latm = 46 |lats = 18 |latNS = N
longd = 76 |longm = 4 |longs = 14 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 21601, 21606
area_code = 410
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blank_info = 24-24475
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Easton is a town in Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 11,708 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Talbot CountyGR|6. The ZIP Code is 21601. The primary phone exchange is 822 and the area code is 410. WINX and WCEI-FM broadcast FM radio from the town.

It hosts the Talbot County Fair each summer and was home to four franchises during the existence of the Eastern Shore Baseball League -- the Farmers, Browns, Cubs, and Yankees. The Third Haven Meeting House, the oldest Quaker meetinghouse, and one of the oldest places of worship in Maryland, is in Easton. ArtHouse Live, a resident theater company, is also based in Easton.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,708 people, 5,031 households, and 2,882 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,137.6 people per square mile (439.3/km²). There were 5,399 housing units at an average density of 524.6/sq mi (202.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.75% White, 23.45% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.

There were 5,031 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,464, and the median income for a family was $48,825. Males had a median income of $31,103 versus $25,411 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,520. About 7.0% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents and natives

*Frederick Douglass, noted author and abolitionist
*Harold Baines, former Major League Baseball player
*J. Harry Covington, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district; born in Easton on August 15, 1863
*Kelly Gibson, WNBA player, attended Easton High School
*Jeannie Haddaway, member of the Maryland House of Delegates
*Harry Hughes, Maryland governor (1979-1987); born in Easton on November 13, 1926
*William O. Mills, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district
*James W. Rouse, real-estate developer, civic activist, and free enterprise-based philanthropist.
*Philip F. Thomas, Maryland governor (1848–1851), United States Secretary of the Treasury under President James Buchanan (1860-1861); born in Easton on September 12, 1810
*Birch Bayh,formerUnited States Senator from Indiana (1963–1981)

References

External links

* [http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/resources/wroten/wroten_easton_civilwar.html Freedom And Justice Defended - Delmarva Heritage Series]


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