Mount Airy, Maryland

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Mount Airy, Maryland

Introduction to Mount Airy, Maryland

Mount Airy, Maryland, in Frederick county, is 14 miles E of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and 28 miles W of Baltimore, Maryland. The town is home to some 6,425 residents.

Mount Airy History

Mount Airy was founded in 1830. Its first house was built by Henry Bussard. Originally served by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the towns' name was suggested by an Irish man, who worked for the railroad. The Ridge Presbyterian Church was established in 1846. Mount Airy, which grew considerably in the period leading up to the 1890s, is located partially in Carroll County, which was created in 1837 and partially in Frederick County, which was established in 1748.

Mount Airy and Nearby Attractions

  • Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Brunswick Railroad Museum
  • Patapsco Valley State Park
  • Sandy Spring Slave Museum
  • Balls Bluff Regional Park

Things To Do In Mount Airy

Those interested in history may visit the Laurel Museum, the Carroll County Farm Museum, the Sandy Spring Museum, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and the Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park. The Monocacy National Battlefield is an important historical site located near the town. The Watkins Park, Prospect Avenue Park, Mount Airy Historic District, and Mount Airy Carnival Grounds are located in the town. Two local shopping centers are the Mount Airy Shopping Center and the Twin Arch Shopping Center. Local celebrations include Fall Festival and May Fest.

Mount Airy Transportation

Flights are available from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Mount Airy Higher Education

Western Maryland College, Howard Community College, and Montgomery College are all close to Mount Airy.

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High Points

Mount Airy strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maryland):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Mount Airy Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Mount Airy Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Mount Airy People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Mount Airy, Maryland

Comparing Mount Airy 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 6
Racial Diversity 4 3
Age of the Population 2 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Working at Home 5 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Affordability of Rents 2 3
People Living Alone 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Mount Airy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles W of Baltimore, Maryland
County Frederick
Standard Zip Codes 21771
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.38
Longitude -77.14

Mount Airy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 67 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
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Mount Airy Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,425 100%
Male 3,189 49.6%
Female 3,236 50.4%
Under 18 2,210 34.4%
18+ 4,215 65.6%
65+ 398 6.2%
Median Age 32.7
Average Family Size 3.37
White 6,085 94.7%
African-American 166 2.6%
Asian 56 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.2%
Other 16 0.2%
Mixed Race 87 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 86 1.3%

Estimated Mount Airy Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,375
Growth 1,950
Growth % 30.4%

Mount Airy 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 21.6%
Irish 21%
US/American 12.6%
English 9.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.1%
Italian 6.7%
French (except Basque) 3.4%
Scottish 3.3%
Dutch 1.8%
Polish 1.5%
Welsh 1.4%
Yugoslavian 1.1%
British 1%
French Canadian 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Russian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Swedish 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
European 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mount Airy 6,425 $76,214
Laytonsville 277 $83,261
New Market 427 $67,292
New Windsor 1,303 $55,972
Sykesville 4,197 $75,758
Union Bridge 989 $37,500
Walkersville 5,192 $69,476

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