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Kent County, Maryland
Seal of Kent County, Maryland
Seal
Map of Maryland highlighting Kent County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maryland
Maryland's location in the U.S.
Founded 1642
Seat Chestertown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

414 sq mi (1,072 km²)
279 sq mi (723 km²)
135 sq mi (350 km²), 32.55%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

19,198
70/sq mi (27/km²)
Website www.kentcounty.com

Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland, on its Eastern Shore. It was named for the county of Kent in England. Its county seat is Chestertown. In 2020, the county's population was 19,198. It is the least populous of Maryland's 23 counties.

History[]

In 1642, the Governor and Council appointed commissioners for the Isle and County of Kent. This act appears to have led to the establishment of Kent County.

Politics and Government[]

Kent County was granted home rule in 1970 under a state code.

In the early post-Civil War era, Kent County, having been heavily Confederate-leaning, tended towards the Democratic Party.[1] William McKinley was the only Republican to carry the county between 1876 and 1924. After that, although carried by Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman during the five consecutive Democratic victories between 1932 and 1948, the county trended Republican especially relative to national voting. Currently, Kent County is along with Somerset County further south the most politically competitive county on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won it with 52.8% of the vote to Democrat John Kerry’s 46.1%. In the 2008 United States Presidential Election, Barack Obama won Kent County by 48 votes more than John McCain.[2] In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney won Kent County by 28 votes over Democrat Barack Obama. In 2016, Republican Donald Trump won Kent County with 48.7% of the vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 45.7%, and a 20-year record high of 5.7% of the vote for third-party candidates. In 2020, Joe Biden flipped the county, winning it by 134 votes.[3]

The members of the County Council as of 2018 are: [4]

Kent County Commissioners [5]
Position Name Affiliation District First Elected
  President P. Thomas Mason Republican At Large 2018
  Member Robert N. Jacob Jr. Republican At Large 2018
  Member Ronald H. Fithian Democratic At Large 2006

Kent County lies wholly in Senate District 36 and elects three House of Delegates Members who serve at-large countywide. Members listed below as of 2018 are:

State Senators and Delegates [6]
Position District Name Affiliation First Elected
  Senate 36 Stephen Hershey Jr.[7] Republican 2012
  House of Delegates 36A Steven Arentz[8] Republican 2013
  House of Delegates 36B Jefferson Ghrist[9] Republican 2014
  House of Delegates 36C Jay A. Jacobs[10] Republican 2010
Voter Registration and Party Enrollment of Kent County[11]
Party Total Percentage
Democratic 5,953 44.69%
Republican 4,913 36.88%
Independents, unaffiliated, and other 2,456 18.43%
Total 13,322 100.00%
United States presidential election results for Kent County, Maryland[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,195 48.13% 5,329 49.37% 270 2.50%
2016 4,876 48.66% 4,575 45.65% 570 5.69%
2012 4,870 49.17% 4,842 48.89% 192 1.94%
2008 4,905 48.95% 4,953 49.43% 162 1.62%
2004 4,900 52.77% 4,278 46.07% 107 1.15%
2000 4,155 51.39% 3,627 44.86% 303 3.75%
1996 3,055 43.66% 3,207 45.83% 736 10.52%
1992 3,094 40.56% 3,093 40.55% 1,441 18.89%
1988 3,761 55.87% 2,925 43.45% 46 0.68%
1984 3,897 61.63% 2,390 37.80% 36 0.57%
1980 2,889 45.83% 2,986 47.37% 429 6.81%
1976 2,821 46.77% 3,211 53.23% 0 0.00%
1972 4,036 64.36% 2,168 34.57% 67 1.07%
1968 2,946 46.50% 2,243 35.41% 1,146 18.09%
1964 2,008 32.81% 4,113 67.19% 0 0.00%
1960 3,264 51.46% 3,079 48.54% 0 0.00%
1956 3,747 61.18% 2,378 38.82% 0 0.00%
1952 3,656 59.24% 2,504 40.58% 11 0.18%
1948 2,489 49.31% 2,524 50.00% 35 0.69%
1944 2,351 48.93% 2,454 51.07% 0 0.00%
1940 2,639 46.45% 3,014 53.05% 28 0.49%
1936 2,543 46.18% 2,931 53.22% 33 0.60%
1932 1,468 38.09% 2,370 61.49% 16 0.42%
1928 2,777 52.82% 2,450 46.60% 30 0.57%
1924 2,019 42.51% 2,628 55.34% 102 2.15%
1920 2,838 48.22% 3,034 51.55% 14 0.24%
1916 1,673 46.38% 1,886 52.29% 48 1.33%
1912 1,021 30.21% 1,816 53.73% 543 16.07%
1908 1,753 46.98% 1,939 51.97% 39 1.05%
1904 1,841 47.91% 1,956 50.90% 46 1.20%
1900 2,426 53.05% 2,076 45.40% 71 1.55%
1896 2,399 53.73% 1,980 44.34% 86 1.93%
1892 1,886 47.27% 2,009 50.35% 95 2.38%



The Sheriff of Kent County is John Price IV.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,073 km² (414 sq mi). 724 km² (279 sq mi) of it is land and 349 km² (135 sq mi) of it (32.55%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

A farm in Kent County, Maryland

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 19,197 people, 7,666 households, and 5,136 families residing in the county. The population density was 27/km² (69/sq mi). There were 9,410 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 79.64% White, 17.41% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 2.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.7% were of English, 14.2% German, 12.4% Irish and 11.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,666 households out of which 26.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.70% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,869, and the median income for a family was $46,708. Males had a median income of $31,899 versus $24,513 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,573. About 9.30% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.

Schools[]

  • Kent County High School
  • Chestertown Middle School
  • Galena Middle School
  • Rock Hall Middle School
  • Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School
  • Millington Elementary School
  • Rock Hall Elementary School
  • Worton Elementary School
  • Kent School
  • Chestertown Christian Academy
  • Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • Radcliffe Creek School

Cities and towns[]

This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:

  1. Betterton (incorporated 1906)
  2. Chestertown (incorporated 1805)
  3. Galena (incorporated 1858)
  4. Millington (incorporated 1890) (This town is partly in Kent County and partly in Queen Anne's County.)
  5. Rock Hall (incorporated 1908)

All five are classified as towns under Maryland law.

The United States Census Bureau recognizes no Census-Designated Places in Kent County, which is unusual for Maryland counties, which usually have many unincorporated population centers.

Other unincorporated places not listed as Census-Designated Places but known in the area include:

  1. Fairlee
  2. Lynch
  3. Kennedyville
  4. Massey
  5. Still Pond
  6. Tolchester Beach
  7. Worton

Miscellaneous[]

  • The newspaper of record is The Kent County News.
  • Kent County Public Schools were some of the last in the country to integrate, but this was because of construction delays in opening the desegregated high school.
  • Kent County, Maryland, is one of the few counties in the United States to border its namesake in another state--in this case, Kent County.

External links[]

Coordinates: 39°14′N 76°06′W / 39.23, -76.10

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