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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)

Demographics

People

Total Population58,189
Male Share of the Population46.1%
Female Share of the Population53.9%
Senior Citizens15.7%
Employed Population 16+27,785
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married39.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher62.6%
Median Earnings25+$55,252
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,664

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,836
% Above Poverty Level87.2%
% Below Poverty Level12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work6%
% Using Public Transportation3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,337
Median House Value$334,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.3%
German18.6%
Irish15.6%
English12.7%
Italian7.5%
Polish4.1%
Scottish2.9%
African2.9%
French Except Basque1.9%
Russian1.7%
Swedish1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Arab1%
Norwegian0.8%
Greek0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Czech0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Slovak0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Somali0.1%
South African0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
US/American0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Towson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Baltimore County
Standard Zip Codes21286, 21204
Company Zip Codes21252
Phone Area Codes410, 667, 443
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.39
Approximate Longitude-76.61

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)

StationTOWSON
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp25 to 42 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp47 to 68 F
Annual Precip51.5 inches
StationWOODSTOCK
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 42 F
Apr Temp41 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip45.6 inches
StationBALTIMORE-WASHINGTON AP
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp24 to 41 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip41.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Baltimore621,000$53,168
Bel Air10,211$87,944
Columbia103,439$123,595
Dundalk62,337$57,625
Owings Mills33,332$79,494

Towson Public Libraries

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

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Towson Hospitals

Saint Joseph Medical Center
(Non-profit)
7601 Osler Drive
(410) 337-1000

Towson Public Schools

Afternoon Group Learning Centers
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-2270
Baltimore County Detention Center
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-4360
High
Total Enrollment 17
Baltimore County Home & Hospital
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-2270
Extended Day Learning Program
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-2270
High
Total Enrollment 59
George W. Carver Center For Arts & Technology
938 York Rd
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-2775
High
Total Enrollment 853
Home Assignments-elementary
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-3222
Middle
Total Enrollment 2
Home Assignments-secondary
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-3222
High
Total Enrollment 37
Riderwood Elementary
1711 Landrake Rd
ZIP: 21204
(410) 887-3568
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Pleasant Plains Elementary
8300 Pleasant Plains Rd
ZIP: 21286
(410) 887-3549
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Towson High Law & Public Policy
69 Cedar Ave
ZIP: 21286
(410) 887-3608
High
Total Enrollment 1444

Towson Private Schools

Immaculate Conception School
112 Ware Ave
ZIP: 21204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 520
Loyola Blakefield
500 Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 21204
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1004
The Mann Residential School
6501 N Charles St - A Building
ZIP: 21204
Secondary
Total Enrollment 59
Baltimore Lutheran School
1145 Concordia Dr
ZIP: 21286
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 275
Bridges Montessori
1105 Providence Rd
ZIP: 21286
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Immaculate Heart Of Mary School
8501 Loch Raven Blvd
ZIP: 21286
Elementary
Total Enrollment 442
Notre Dame Preparatory School
815 Hampton Ln
ZIP: 21286
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 772
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