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Overview

Introduction to Salisbury, Maryland

Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico county, is 75 miles SE of Bowie, Maryland and 85 miles SE of Washington, D.C..

Salisbury History

Salisbury is the largest city on the eastern shore of Maryland. It was founded in 1732 and officially incorporated in 1854. It is the county seat of Wicomico County, which was established in 1867 and carved out of Worcester and Somerset Counties. It was named after the Wicomico River. Wicomico is a Native American word meaning "a place where houses are built."

Salisbury and nearby Attractions

  • Historical Society of Talbot County Museum
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Poplar Hill Mansion
  • Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Wicomico Heritage Centre
  • Salisbury Zoo

Things To Do In Salisbury

There are a number of historic sites and museums in the Salisbury area, including the Wicomico Heritage Centre, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, the Poplar Hill Mansion, the Art Institute & Gallery and Pemberton Hall. The Salisbury Zoo, Adkins Arboretum and the Annmarie Garden are all nearby as well. The Trap Pond State Park, set across 3,106 acres of land, features nature trails and offers opportunities for boating, fishing, camping and picnicking. The Twilley Center Shopping Center, the Shopping World Shopping Center and the Salisbury Mall Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Salisbury hosts the Salisbury Festival every April.

Salisbury Transportation

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional is the local airport, while Washington Reagan is the nearest major airport.

Salisbury Higher Education

Salisbury is home to the Wor-Wic Community College and Salisbury State University. Other nearby colleges include Delaware State University and Wilmington College.

People

Total Population 31,883
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 13,852
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 30.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29%
Median Earnings25+ $31,313
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,887
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,991

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,579
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $997
Median House Value $149,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 13.2%

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

Salisbury Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 75 miles SE of Bowie, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles SE of Washington, District of Columbia
County Wicomico
Standard Zip Codes 21801, 21804
P.O. Box Zip Codes 21802, 21803
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.36
Longitude -75.599

Salisbury 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 SALISBURY
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 87 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station PRINCESS ANNE
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Station SNOW HILL 4 N
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Delmar 3,026 $60,846
Fruitland 5,110 $68,656
Hebron 1,046 $56,111
Mardela Springs 308 $66,250
Pittsville 1,426 $52,708
Princess Anne 3,325 $30,887

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

Salisbury Public Libraries

Library
Wicomico County Free Library
122 SOUTH DIVISION STREET
Salisbury, Maryland
(410) 749-3612
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Salisbury Hospitals

PENINSULA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
100 E CARROLL AVE
(301) 546-6400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Salisbury High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

JAMES M. BENNETT HIGH
300 E COLLEGE AVENUE
410-677-5141
Serves 1,358 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

WICOMICO HIGH
201 LONG AVENUE
410-677-5146
Serves 1,202 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

PARKSIDE HIGH
1015 BEAGLIN PARK DR
410-677-5143
Serves 1,116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

WICOMICO COUNTY EVENING HIGH
101 LONG AVE
410-677-4400
A Non-traditional School
Serves 138 students.

WICOMICO COUNTY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1130 JERSERY RD
410-543-4203
A Non-traditional School

WICOMICO COUNTY HOME & HOSPITAL
101 LONG AVE
410-677-4400
A Non-traditional School

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