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Overview

Introduction to Towson, Maryland

Towson is an unincorporated community located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Although unincorporated, the community serves as the county seat and it is one of the largest unincorporated county seats in the nation. A suburb of Baltimore, Towson lies 11 miles north of Maryland's largest city, just inside the Beltway (Interstate I-695). Maryland State Highway 45 also services Towson and Interstate I-83 is situated just to its west. Nearby communities include Hampton (to the north), Parkville (to the east), and Riderwood (to the west). Towson is home to Towson State University.

The community traces its roots to the mid-18th century when two Pennsylvania brothers, William and Thomas Towson, began farming the area. A small village (then called "Towsontown") soon developed, and in 1854 Towson officially became the Baltimore County Seat. A period of construction followed, leaving many structures built in distinctive 19th Century style that are still visible today. The community has grown rapidly since World War II, and now serves as a center for education, medicine, county government, and as of recent years also a retail destination.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Towson

There is an abundance of historic buildings in Towson. The Hampton National Historic Site contains a beautiful mansion built in the late 18th century which houses ancient paintings and antique furniture, and also a farmhouse. The Trinity Episcopal Church, Towson's oldest standing church, was built with stone and dedicated in 1860. The Gothic Revival structure has two signed Tiffany stained glass windows. The Schmuck House, Towson's oldest remaining building, is a Federal-style stone house built between 1833 and 1841. The Courthouse, constructed with local limestone and granite, was built between 1854 and 1856 on land donated by Dr. Grafton Bosley.

Musical entertainment of all types is performed at Towson's Recher Theatre. Located right in the heart of Towson, the theatre attracts crowds that gather to enjoy reggae, rap, pop, blues, and other types of contemporary music. Towson also hosts a number of annual events. The Towsontown Spring Festival features over 400 vendors, along with a variety of ethnic foods and musical entertainment on four stages. The Oktoberfest at Timonium Fairgrounds features food, drink, music, dancing, and loads of fun.

Sports fans have lots to look forward to only a few minutes away in nearby Baltimore. The U.S. Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame is located in the city, as is the Babe Ruth Museum (Baltimore is the birthplace of the baseball great). The city is also home to several major-league teams, including the Orioles (Major League Baseball), Ravens (National Football League), Bayhawks (Major League Lacrosse), Pearls (American Basketball Association), and Blast (Major Indoor Soccer League)

People

Total Population 57,725
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 26,832
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 39.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.9%
Median Earnings25+ $55,936
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,088
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,801

Wealth

Median Family Income $107,355
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,289
Median House Value $330,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.7%
Irish 16.4%

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

Towson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland
County Baltimore
Standard Zip Codes 21204, 21286
P.O. Box Zip Codes 21284, 21285
Company Zip Codes 21252
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.401
Longitude -76.602

Towson 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 TOWSON
Distance 2.3 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 WOODSTOCK
Distance 14.9 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
Station BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON AP
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Eudowood (21204)

Loch Raven (21284)

Ruxton (21204)

Towson Finance (21285)

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
Bel Air 10,247 $77,719
Columbia 103,055 $119,845
Dundalk 62,349 $56,699
Owings Mills 33,732 $75,323

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

Towson Public Libraries

Library
Baltimore County Public Library
320 YORK ROAD
Towson, Maryland
(410) 887-6100
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Towson Hospitals

SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
7601 OSLER DRIVE
(410) 337-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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TOWSON HIGH LAW & PUBLIC POLICY
69 CEDAR AVE
410-887-3608
Serves 1,454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

CARVER CENTER FOR ARTS & TECHNOLOGY
938 YORK RD
410-887-2775
A Vocational School
Serves 713 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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