Towson, Maryland

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Towson, Maryland

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)

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Towson Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Towson College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Towson Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Towson Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Towson, Maryland

Comparing Towson 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Age of the Population 8 7
Racial Diversity 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 5
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Working at Home 8 7
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Short Commute Times 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
Affordability of Rents 4 4
Housing Recently Built 3 5

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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

  • 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
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
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
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Towson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 51,793 100%
Male 23,459 45.3%
Female 28,334 54.7%
Under 18 9,014 17.4%
18+ 42,779 82.6%
65+ 10,422 20.1%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 2.87
White 45,028 86.9%
African-American 3,901 7.5%
Asian 1,936 3.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 52 0.1%
Other 262 0.5%
Mixed Race 603 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 985 1.9%

Towson 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 17.6%
Irish 16.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
English 13.9%
Italian 7.2%
US/American 4.5%
Polish 4%
Scottish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Russian 1.5%
British 1.3%
Greek 1.2%
Dutch 0.9%
European 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
African 0.5%
Nigerian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Egyptian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Towson 51,793 $75,832
Baltimore 651,154 $35,438
Bel Air 10,080 $58,299
Columbia 88,254 $83,753
Dundalk 62,306 $46,035
Ellicott City 56,397 $91,968
Owings Mills 20,193 $61,079

Towson Public Libraries

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

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(410) 337-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Towson

(As of 2005)
Dulaney Plaza
810 Dulaney Valley Road
8104 Loch Raven Blvd
Towson Town Center
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson University
31 York Road
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Serves 1,454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

A Vocational School
Serves 713 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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