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Crofton, MD


Crofton, MD

Crofton is a census-designated place and planned community in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. Established in 1964, Crofton held its 40th birthday celebration in 2004.

Crofton Waugh Chapel

In July 2007 Crofton was named by Money magazine as one of "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States. Crofton placed 72nd out of 100 cities on the list. It was selected for its relative anonymity while still boasting many major amenities, excellent schools, and sought after location.

Community life frequently revolves around Crofton Parkway, actually a scenic loop 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long, tangentially touching the larger "triangle" made up of three nearby roads, which encloses the original Crofton community. Crofton Parkway is the scene of yearly parades, two of the community's five elementary schools, the Town Hall, Village Green, community events, Crofton Country Club, and walkers, joggers and bikers around the loop. The Crofton area now extends North from the triangle, including Crofton Park. Crofton also has a community pool, the Crofton Swim and Tennis Club but is restricted to those inhabitants of the triangle.

Originally an exclusive gated community, Crofton's gates were opened and they now only serve as a symbol for this community just off Route 3. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Crofton ZIP code has a total area of 5 sq mi (13 km2), all of it land.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,091 people, 7,404 households, and 5,478 families residing in the Crofton ZIP code. The following data only includes census-listed figures for the Crofton ZIP code and excludes other data for Crofton-area residents.

The population density was 3,998.6 people per square mile (1,545.3/km²). There were 7,573 housing units at an average density of 1,507.2 per square mile (582.5/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 90.21% White, 5.13% African American, 0.23% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

There were 7,404 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the community the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the area was $93,198, and the median income for a family was $101,644. Males had a median income of $56,819 versus $41,229 for females. The per capita income for the area was $33,518. About 2.0% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
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Population

Total Population 20,468
Population Density 4,074 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 10,576
Male Population 9,893
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 57% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 2% Increase
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Colleges

Nearest 2-Year Public College Anne Arundel Community College
Distance 9 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College Bowie State University
Distance 5 miles
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 7,603
Family Households 5,240
Average Family Size 3.33
Average Household Income $116,005
Median Household Income $93,574
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 68% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 25% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.41
Crime Risk (County) 0.67
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.66
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.63
Rape Crime Risk (County) 0.41
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.68
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.78
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.82
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.77
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.99
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.82
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Climate

Woodbridge has a humid subtropical climate.

Average July High Temperature 87.1 °F
Average January Low Temperature 21.2 °F
Annual Precipitation 44.7 inches
Air Pollution Index 88% of National Average
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Miscellaneous

Sales Tax Rate 6.00%
Nearest Airport Baltimore/washington International Thurgood Marshal
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Bowie Baysox (aa)
Distance 5 miles
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The Outdoors

Crofton Cherry Trees In 1963, after the Crawford Corporation accumulated over 1,600 acres (650 ha) of land, it announced that it would build a new community called Crofton. This new town and planned community was founded at the same time as Reston, Virginia (April 17, 1964) and Columbia, Maryland (1967). Crofton would be anchored by a community golf course, which later became the Crofton Country Club. Crofton was officially founded in the fall of 1964. The company considered picking an English name for the new town that "sounds well and implies that this is a pleasant place to live." It ended up picking the name "Crofton," named after a small township in Cumberland County, England. The English town was originally called Croft-town, derived from the word Croft, as the town standing upon the Crofts.

The town of Crofton has seven colleges and universities within 20 miles of the city. Around 22,000 residents likethe gorgeous setting that presents a central location in the Golden Triangle of Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, it offers airports, transportation, cultural events, and shopping. An extensive network of interstates and highways in addition to plenty of public transportation, including the MARC Train service, make it easy for residents to access major districts. The quality of life is an important part of what makes Crofton such a wonderful place to live and work.

Life in Crofton centers around the town's many outdoor recreational opportunities, ranging from golf and tennis to biking and jogging around the 3.5-mile pedestrian-friendly Crofton Parkway. The Village Green and Crofton Park often play host to parades and festivals, while such heritage sites as Whites Hall and Linthicum Walks attest to the area's early history.