|Charles County, Maryland|
Thomas Stone House
Location in the state of Maryland
Maryland's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 13, 1658|
|Named for||Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore|
643 sq mi (1,665 km²)
458 sq mi (1,186 km²)
185 sq mi (479 km²), 29
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Charles County is a county in Southern Maryland. As of the 2020 census, the population was 166,617. The county seat is La Plata. The county was named for Charles Calvert (1637–1715), third Baron Baltimore.
Charles County is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Southern Maryland region.
In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth made his escape through Charles County after shooting President Abraham Lincoln. He was on his way to Virginia.
In 1926, a tornado ripped through the county leaving 17 dead (including 13 schoolchildren). On April 28, 2002, another tornado destroyed much of downtown La Plata.
The county has several properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Among them are Green Park and Pleasant Hill, home of the Green and Spalding Families.
On December 4, 2004, an arson took place in the development of Hunters Brooke, a few miles southeast of Indian Head. The Hunters Brooke Arson was the largest residential arson in Maryland history.
Politics and government
Owing to the considerable voting power of its large number of freedmen following the Civil War, and later its growth as a suburban area, Charles County was for a long time solidly Republican. The only Democrat to carry Charles County until 1956 was Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, although Alf Landon and Wendell Willkie defeated Roosevelt in the next two elections by a combined margin of just 50 votes. Since the turn of the millennium, Charles County has become reliably Democratic, although not as overwhelmingly so as other parts of Maryland's Washington, D.C. suburbs. Charles County is one of only two counties in the nation to have voted for Al Gore in 2000 after voting for Bob Dole in 1996, along with Orange County, Florida.
|Voter Registration and Party Enrollment of Charles County|
|Template:Party color cell||Democratic||71,916||61.40%|
|Template:Party color cell||Republican||24,399||20.83%|
|Template:Party color cell||Independents, unaffiliated, and other||20,819||17.77%|
Board of Commissioners
Charles County is governed by county commissioners, the traditional form of county government in Maryland. There are five commissioners. As of 2018, they are:
|style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |||President||Reuben Collins||Democratic||At-Large|
|style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |||Commissioner||Gilbert Bowling||Democratic||District 1|
|style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |||Commissioner||Amanda M. Stewart||Democratic||District 2|
|style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |||Commissioner||Thomasina Coates||Democratic||District 3|
|style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |||Commissioner||Bobby Rucci||Democratic||District 4|
Charles County is entirely within the 5th Congressional District, which also includes Calvert, St. Mary's, and parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties. The current representative is Democratic House Majority Leader and (former House Minority Whip) Steny H. Hoyer.
In its western wing, along the southernmost bend in Maryland Route 224, Charles County contains a place due north, east, south, and west of the same state—Virginia.
National protected area
- Thomas Stone National Historic Site
- Mallows Bay
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 120,546 people, 41,668 households, and 32,292 families residing in the county. The population density was 262 people per square mile (101/km2). There were 43,903 housing units at an average density of 95 per square mile (37/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 68.51% White, 26.06% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.6% were of German, 10.8% Irish, 10.2% English, 9.3% American and 5.3% Italian ancestry.
There were 41,668 households, out of which 41.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.50% were non-families. 17.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 33.20% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $62,199, and the median income for a family was $67,602 (these figures had risen to $80,573 and $89,358 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $43,371 versus $34,231 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,285. About 3.70% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2010, the county population's racial makeup was 48.38% Non-Hispanic whites, 40.96% blacks, 0.65% Native Americans, 2.98% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islanders, 0.17% Non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.20% Non-Hispanics reporting more than one race and 4.27% Hispanic.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 146,551 people, 51,214 households, and 38,614 families residing in the county. The population density was 320.2 inhabitants per square mile (123.6 /km2). There were 54,963 housing units at an average density of 120.1 per square mile (46.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 50.3% white, 41.0% black or African American, 3.0% Asian, 0.7% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.3% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 12.6% were German, 10.8% were Irish, 8.7% were English, 6.3% were American, and 5.1% were Italian.
Of the 51,214 households, 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.6% were non-families, and 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.24. The median age was 37.4 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $88,825 and the median income for a family was $98,560. Males had a median income of $62,210 versus $52,477 for females. The per capita income for the county was $35,780. About 3.7% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
According to Charles County's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, its top employers are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees||Percentage of Total County Employment|
|1||Charles County Board of Education||3,430||4.35%|
|2||Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center||3,404||4.49%|
|3||Charles County Government||1,638||2.16%|
|4||Civista Medical Center||850||1.12%|
|5||College of Southern Maryland||819||1.08%|
|7||The Facchina Group of Companies||550||0.73%|
|11||Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative||386||0.51%|
|12||Genesis Health Care||312||0.41%|
|13||Bloomin' Brands (formerly OSI Restaurant Partners)||300||0.40%|
|14||Charles County Nursing Home||255||0.34%|
Colleges and universities
- College of Southern Maryland, in La Plata.
Charles County is served by numerous state highways and one U.S. Highway:
- Indian Head
- La Plata (county seat)
- Port Tobacco Village
The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:
- Chuck Brown (1936–2012), the godfather of go-go, lived in Brandywine, MD
- Gustavus Richard Brown, physician to George Washington
- George Cary (1811–1850), born near Allens Fresh in Charles County, United States Congressman from Georgia
- Barnes Compton, US Congressman
- James Craik, Physician General during the American Revolution, physician to George Washington
- Danny Gatton (1945–1994), legendary guitarist, lived in Newburg
- John Hanson, American Revolutionary War statesman
- Josiah Henson (1789–1883), former slave and author
- Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole; born near Nanjemoy
- Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Revolutionary War statesman
- Larry Johnson, former NFL running back; from Pomfret
- Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long (1798–1880), considered to be the "Mother of Texas"
- Shawn Lemon, professional football player; grew up in Waldorf
- Joel and Benji Madden from the band Good Charlotte; grew up in Waldorf
- Christina Milian, musician, lived in Waldorf
- Samuel Alexander Mudd (1833–1883), born in Charles County, the doctor implicated and imprisoned for aiding John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
- James Neale (1615–1684), born London, England, immigrated 1634, founded Wollaston Manor plantation and Cobb Island
- Captain Raphael Semmes of the Confederate ship Alabama, born near Nanjemoy
- General William Smallwood, American Revolutionary War statesman
- Randy Starks, former NFL defensive tackle; from Waldorf
- Robert Stethem, noted terror hijacking victim, grew up in Pinefield, Waldorf
- Benjamin Stoddert (1751–1813), first United States Secretary of the Navy
- Thomas Stone, American Revolutionary War statesman
- Angela Renée White "Blac Chyna", Television Personality; Attended Henry E. Lackey
|Southern Maryland Blue Crabs||ALPB, Baseball||Regency Furniture Stadium||2008||0|
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Charles County, Maryland
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- ^ (1963) "Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896".
- ^ "Blac Chyna - Before She Was Famous - Michael McCrudden" (in en-US). Michael McCrudden. 2016-05-11. http://michaelmccrudden.com/before-they-were-famous/blac-chyna-before-she-was-famous/.
- Official website
- Hamilton Family papers, at the University of Maryland libraries. A prominent Charles County family with records from 1803 to 1923.
- Paul Dennis Brown Family papers, at the University of Maryland libraries. A prominent Charles County family with records from 1879 to 1973. Documents civil engagement, agriculture, and history of life in Charles County.
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