Bowleys Quarters, Maryland

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Bowleys Quarters is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, with a population of 6,314 in 2000.



Bowleys Quarters was named for Daniel Bowley, a merchant and sea captain who owned some 2,000 acres (8 km²) around Baltimore in the mid-18th century. Bowleys Quarters was used to house this settler's slaves. The area later became a game preserve for waterfowl and a place where presidents and others, including Babe Ruth, came to hunt ducks. The area eventually became known as a vacation spot, and many summer homes were built along the water. Many blue-collar workers were attracted during the industrial boom of the 1920s through the 1950s. Many worked at the nearby Glenn L. Martin company (now Lockheed Martin) and Bethlehem Steel. The community experienced an economic downturn with downsizing of the Martin facility and other area businesses, and Bowleys Quarters became a mix of run-down homes juxtaposed with modern waterfront homes. Increased interest in waterfront property in the 1990s, combined with the devastation of Hurricane Isabel, has led to revitalization, with some new homes selling for more than $1 million. Once predominantly populated by low-income to middle-class families, the community is now highly desirable for waterfront living.

In September 2003, Bowleys Quarters was substantially damaged by Hurricane Isabel and the resulting flood. According to The Baltimore Sun, Isabel destroyed 210 houses in Bowleys Quarters and caused major damage to 632 others.[1]

Piney Grove United Methodist Church, located on Bowleys Quarters Road, is also located in the community.


Bowleys Quarters is located at 39°19′17″N 76°23′18″W / 39.321440°N 76.388212°W / 39.321440; -76.388212.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.9 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it (47.39%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,314 people, 2,483 households, and 1,748 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,954.8 people per square mile (754.8/km²). There were 2,721 housing units at an average density of 842.4/sq mi (325.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.65% White, 6.13% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

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