Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

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Chesapeake Beach is a town in Calvert County, Maryland, United States. Its major attractions include a Railway Museum & Trail, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, marinas, piers, charter boat fishing, and a Veterans Memorial Park. In the Census 2000 the population was estimated at 3,180.

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Geography

Chesapeake Beach is located at 38°41′42″N 76°32′10″W / 38.695°N 76.53611°W / 38.695; -76.53611 (38.695070, -76.536125)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.2 km²), all of it land.

The city has grown out from the intersection of Fishing Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. The creek has been dredged to allow pleasure craft, commercial fisherman and a few small US Navy vessels to dock in the city.

The southern end of the city remains heavily wooded and is distinguished by the large sandstone cliffs called the Randle Cliffs. These cliffs, and others along the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, tower as high as 180 feet above the water and are constantly eroding due to freeze/thaw and wave action. The debris from these cliffs has formed a number of shallow sand bars which makes navigation by boat near the cliffs very difficult and the water very shallow for hundreds of yards into the Bay.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,180 people, 1,217 households, and 862 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,144.7 people per square mile (441.7/km²). There were 1,331 housing units at an average density of 479.1/sq mi (184.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.51% White, 5.28% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 1,217 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.03.

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