Dundalk, Maryland

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Dundalk, Maryland

Introduction to Dundalk, Maryland

Dundalk is an unincorporated community located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Part of the Baltimore metropolitan area, Dundalk is situated only 7 miles east of Maryland's largest city. The community is surrounded by Interstate I-695 (the Beltway), Interstate I-95, and Maryland State Highways 20 and 150. Dundalk is the home of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

Dundalk's origins go back to the year 1895, when Henry McShane relocated his world famous bell foundry to the area, shortly to be followed by the Baltimore and Sparrows Point Railroad, which needed a name for the local depot. The McShane family chose the name of Henry's birthplace (Dundalk, Ireland). In 1916, Bethlehem Steel Company purchased 1,000 acres of farmland in the area to develop housing for its shipyard workers. The Dundalk Company was organized to formulate a town and in 1917, Dundalk proper was founded. At the time of its formation, the new community had 62 houses, two stores, a post office, and a telephone exchange.

Attractions in and near Dundalk

The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society Museum houses a permanent display depicting a living room of the late 1800s. A larger portion of the museum is devoted to continually changing exhibits of artifacts and photograph displays. A wide variety of programs, including tours, are also offered at the museum. The Dundalk Farmers market runs yearly beginning on the first Saturday in July and running through the last Saturday in October. Featured are vegetables, fruits, and nuts from local farmers and fresh bread and pastries from local bakers. Performing arts in Dundalk can be enjoyed at the Dundalk Community Theater, located on the CCBC campus.

There is also a wealth of attractions in the surrounding Greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Just a few of these are listed here:

  • Baltimore Maritime Museum: Located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, tours are offered of the USS Torsk, the USCGC Taney, the Lightship Chesapeake and more.
  • Baltimore Museum of Art: More than 90,000 pieces on display including works by Picasso, Matisse and Renoir.
  • Maryland Science Center: Another Inner Harbor attraction features interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and an IMAX 3-D theater.
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore: An aquatic wonderland of exotic and native Maryland species.
  • Cascade Lake: Fishing, picnicking, and a swimming are with waterslides, a high-dive platform, and floating rafts.
  • Babe Ruth Museum
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • The U.S. Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

The Greater Baltimore metro area is also a haven for fans of pro sports. The following teams all call Baltimore home:

  • Football: Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
  • Baseball: Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
  • Soccer: Baltimore Blast (MISL)
  • Basketball: Baltimore Pearls (ABA)
  • Lacrosse: Baltimore Bayhawks (MLL)

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Comparative Profile of Dundalk, Maryland

Comparing Dundalk to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maryland (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 8
Age of the Population 9 8
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Racial Diversity 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 5
Portion of People Married 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
People Above Poverty 6 6
Median Family Income 4 4
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Short Commute Times 5 8
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 7
People Living Alone 5 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4
Housing Recently Built 2 3

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Dundalk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles SE of Baltimore, Maryland
County Baltimore
Standard Zip Codes 21222
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.25
Longitude -76.52

Dundalk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 44 F
Apr Temp 48 to 68 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station TOWSON
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
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Dundalk Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 62,306 100%
Male 29,742 47.7%
Female 32,564 52.3%
Under 18 14,891 23.9%
18+ 47,415 76.1%
65+ 11,042 17.7%
Median Age 39.2
Average Family Size 2.98
White 55,815 89.6%
African-American 4,680 7.5%
Asian 460 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 358 0.6%
Other 270 0.4%
Mixed Race 698 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 904 1.5%

Dundalk Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 23.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
Irish 13.3%
Polish 12.2%
US/American 10.4%
Italian 9.3%
English 6.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Dutch 1.1%
Greek 0.9%
Scottish 0.8%
Czech 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
African 0.5%
European 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dundalk, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dundalk Sparrows Point (21222)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Dundalk 62,306 $46,035
Baltimore 651,154 $35,438
Columbia 88,254 $83,753
Ellicott City 56,397 $91,968
Owings Mills 20,193 $61,079
Rock Hall 1,396 $38,672
Towson 51,793 $75,832

Wal-mart in Dundalk

(As of 2006)
2399 N. Point Blvd
(410) 284-5412
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