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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; -76.70500Coordinates: 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
Area
 • Total12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Land12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
509 ft (155 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total30,764
 • Density2,500/sq mi (960/km2)
Demonym(s)Pikesvillian
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
21208, 21282,21209,21215
Area code(s)410, 443 ,667
FIPS code24-61400
GNIS feature ID0586509

The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.[1] 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.

GeographyEdit

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).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.4 square miles (32.1 km2), of which 32.0 square kilometres (12.4 sq mi) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), or 0.22%, is water.[3]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
198022,555
199024,81510.0%
200029,12317.4%
201030,7645.6%
[4]

As of the census[5] 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[6]). 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Jewish communityEdit

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 (referred to by residents as "100,000 Jews in three zip codes").[citation needed] Many of the region's largest and most established synagogues and Jewish schools are located in or near Pikesville.

HistoryEdit

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.

EducationEdit

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

PublicEdit

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
  • Old Court Middle School
  • Pikesville Middle School
  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
  • Pikesville High School

IndependentEdit

Higher educationEdit

GovernmentEdit

The Maryland State Police is headquartered at 1201 Reisterstown Road in the Pikesville CDP.[11][12]

TransportationEdit

RoadsEdit

Public transportationEdit

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 residentsEdit

Pikesville in national/international newsEdit

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.[16]

Ziad Jarrah, a suspected terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks, was pulled over two days earlier for speeding in Pikesville.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Pikesville CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pikesville CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  4. ^ As a Census Designated Place, the boundaries may have changed arbitrarily in each decennial census.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Bureau, U. S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". factfinder.census.gov.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Ancestry Map of Ukrainian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  9. ^ "Pikesville, MD, Ancestry & Family History". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  10. ^ "WITS/MAALOT | Women's Institute of Torah Seminary". maalotbaltimore.org.
  11. ^ Home page. Maryland State Police. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  12. ^ "Pikesville CDP, Maryland." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  13. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (2014-11-15). "Remembrance: Michael Shamberg, from Baltimore to New Order and beyond". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
  14. ^ Colford, Paul (1997). "Howard Stern: King of All Media (2nd ed.)".
  15. ^ "#SweaterGame: Maryland man goes viral for knitting travel memories into wearable art". WTTE. January 18, 2017.
  16. ^ "ndpteachers.org". ww11.ndpteachers.org.
  17. ^ "Another hijacker was stopped for traffic violation". CNN. January 9, 2002. Retrieved May 22, 2010.

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