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Overview

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)

People

Total Population 62,349
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 27,122
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10%
Median Earnings25+ $35,508
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,254
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,274

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,699
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $994
Median House Value $145,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.9%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 18.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BALTIMORE CITY
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
Station ABERDEEN PHILLIPS FIELD
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Baltimore 622,454 $51,032
Columbia 103,055 $119,845
Owings Mills 33,732 $75,323
Rock Hall 1,157 $64,808
Towson 57,725 $107,355

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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