Damascus, Maryland

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Damascus is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States.

In the early part of the 20th century, there was an incorporated municipality there for about a quarter century, but it no longer exists. The name "Damascus" comes from a reference in the Bible, presumably to Damascus, Syria, and was first used in an official document in 1816, when the United States Congress approved a postal route through the area, operated by Edward Hughes.

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Geography

As an unincorporated area, Damascus' boundaries are not officially defined. Damascus is recognized by the United States Census Bureau as a Census-designated Place, and by the United States Geological Survey as a populated place located at 39°16′16″N 77°12′22″W / 39.27111°N 77.20611°W / 39.27111; -77.20611 (39.271040, -77.206098)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the place has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,430 people, 3,710 households, and 3,079 families residing in the area. The population density was 1,187.5 people per square mile (458.7/km²). There were 3,773 housing units at an average density of 392.0/sq mi (151.4/km²). The racial makeup of the area was 89.66% White, 4.63% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.31% of the population.

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