Pikesville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Pikesville is just northwest of the Baltimore city limits. It is the northwestern suburb closest to Baltimore.

Pikesville, Maryland
The entrance to Pikesville High School, located at the intersection of Labyrinth Road and Smith Avenue.
The entrance to Pikesville High School, located at the intersection of Labyrinth Road and Smith Avenue.
Location of Pikesville, Maryland
Location of Pikesville, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°22′45″N 76°42′18″W / 39.37917°N 76.70500°W / 39.37917; -76.70500
Country United States
State Maryland
County Baltimore
 • Total12.38 sq mi (32.06 km2)
 • Land12.35 sq mi (31.99 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
509 ft (155 m)
 • Total34,168
 • Density2,766.64/sq mi (1,068.21/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
21208, 21282,21209,21215
Area code(s)410, 443, and 667
FIPS code24-61400
GNIS feature ID0586509

The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.[2] The corridor along Interstate 795, which links Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown to the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695), contains one of the larger Jewish populations in Maryland.

Geography edit

Pikesville is located at 39°22′45″N 76°42′18″W / 39.37917°N 76.70500°W / 39.37917; -76.70500 (39.379039, −76.705091).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 32.1 square kilometres (12.4 sq mi), of which 32.0 square kilometres (12.4 sq mi) is land and 0.07 square kilometres (0.027 sq mi), or 0.22%, is water.[4]

Demographics edit

Historical population

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 30,764 people and 13,642 households residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,490.8 people per square mile. There were 14,323 housing units. The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.0% White, 14.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 6.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

As of the 2000 census, there were 12,747 households, out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 19.7% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,598, and the median income for a family was $78,002 (these figures had risen to $73,846 and $100,237 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[7]). Males had a median income of $52,079 versus $37,179 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,035. About 5.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

In 2000, 19.3% of Pikesville residents identified as being of Russian heritage. Virtually all of them are Ashkenazi Jews whose ancestors immigrated from the Russian Empire.[8] In 2000, 3.7% of Pikesville residents identified as being of Ukrainian American heritage. This was the highest percentage of Ukrainian Americans of any place in Maryland.[9] 2% of the city were descended from Eastern European countries other than Russia and Ukraine. The majority of them are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. 8% of Pikesville's residents were German, 7% Polish, 4% Irish, 3% English, and 2% Italian.[10]

Jewish community edit

In the 19th and early 20th centuries Jewish immigrants to the Baltimore area first formed enclaves in East Baltimore not far from Johns Hopkins Hospital in neighborhoods such as Broadway East, Jonestown, Middle East and Oliver. After World War II, the Jewish community started to move outside of Baltimore City into Pikesville which was a sleepy outpost on a major road that led to Western Maryland. During the Vietnam War, and exacerbated by riots in 1968, many Jewish businesses left northwestern Baltimore following this exodus.

Pikesville (and more recently its neighboring communities to the north, Owings Mills and Reisterstown) have been considered the center of the Baltimore area's Jewish community since the mid-1950s. Many of the region's largest and most established synagogues, Jewish schools, and kosher dining establishments are located in or near Pikesville.

History edit

Pikesville was named for the American soldier and explorer Zebulon Pike (1779–1813). While there are places named for Pike in many other states, Pikesville, Maryland, is the only contemporary place named "Pikesville" (compare Pikeville, Kentucky).

The (historic) town of Pikesville, incorporated August, 1818, in Barren County, Kentucky, was apparently named for Zebulon Pike, also. In 1858, the community adopted a new postal name, “Flippin, Kentucky,” to avoid confusion with Pikeville, Kentucky. “Pike[s]ville Branch” of Indian Creek is the only remaining physical landmark of historic Pikesville, in Kentucky, along with a colorful story of an almost forgotten past.

Education edit

Pikesville is served by several elementary, middle, and high schools and higher-education facilities:

Public edit

All public schools in Pikesville are part of the Baltimore County Public Schools system.

  • Fort Garrison Elementary School
  • Milbrook Elementary
  • Bedford Elementary School
  • Summit Park Elementary School
  • Wellwood International School (elementary)
  • Winand Elementary
  • Northwest Academy of Health Sciences (Formerly Old Court Middle School)
  • Pikesville Middle School
  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
  • Pikesville High School

Independent edit

Higher education edit

Government edit

The Maryland State Police is headquartered at 1201 Reisterstown Road in the Pikesville CDP.[12][13]

Transportation edit

Roads edit

Public transportation edit

The Baltimore Metro Subway runs through Pikesville, with two stops in the area, both named for the roads on which they are located: Milford Mill and Old Court.

Maryland Transit Administration bus routes serving Pikesville include nos. 83 and 89 on Reisterstown Road, 83 and 37 on Old Court Road, 85 on Milford Mill Road/Slade Avenue, and 34 and on Smith Avenue.

Notable residents edit

Pikesville in national/international news edit

Vernon Lee Evans was a key figure in the battle against lethal injection in Maryland and other states. Prior to Maryland's outlawing of capital punishment in 2013, he and Anthony Grandison were on death row for the murders of two clerks at the Warren House Motel (currently a Howard Johnson) in Pikesville in 1983. Governor Martin O'Malley commuted both men's sentences in 2014, along with those of the other two men who were, at the time, on Maryland's death row.[17]

Ziad Jarrah, a suspected terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks, was pulled over two days earlier for speeding in Pikesville.[18]

On April 25th, 2024, Dazhon Darien, the Athletic Director at Pikesville High School, was arrested on terms of falsifying a audio recording of the Principal of making racist and antisemitic remarks using artificial intelligence.[19]

References edit

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Pikesville CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pikesville CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  5. ^ As a Census Designated Place, the boundaries may have changed arbitrarily in each decennial census.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ Bureau, U. S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Vicino, Thomas J. (2008). Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore. New York City: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-230-60545-9. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ancestry Map of Ukrainian Communities". Epodunk.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Pikesville, MD, Ancestry & Family History". Epodunk.com. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "WITS/MAALOT | Women's Institute of Torah Seminary". maalotbaltimore.org.
  12. ^ Home page. Maryland State Police. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "Pikesville CDP, Maryland[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  14. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (November 15, 2014). "Remembrance: Michael Shamberg, from Baltimore to New Order and beyond". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  15. ^ Colford, Paul (1997). "Howard Stern: King of All Media (2nd ed.)".
  16. ^ "#SweaterGame: Maryland man goes viral for knitting travel memories into wearable art". WTTE. January 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "ndpteachers.org". ww11.ndpteachers.org.
  18. ^ "Another hijacker was stopped for traffic violation". CNN. January 9, 2002. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  19. ^ "Teacher arrested, accused of using AI to falsely paint boss as racist and antisemitic". NBC News. April 26, 2024. Retrieved April 26, 2024.

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