Hughesville, Maryland

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Hughesville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Charles County, Maryland, United States. The population was 1,537 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Hughesville is located at 38°32′1″N 76°46′56″W / 38.53361°N 76.78222°W / 38.53361; -76.78222 (38.533731, -76.782220)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29.0 km²), all of it land.

Hughesville was a tobacco market town. The former tobacco warehouses are now used for second-hand thrift stores and boutique gift and craft shops. A highway bypass around the town opened in February 2007, which has alleviated previous rush-hour traffic backups at the single traffic signal; beside it are two unusual side-by-side traffic roundabouts. A few miles southeast is an Amish community and farmers' market (see article on Charlotte Hall). Because Hughesville, though small, is considered the strategic geographic center of the tri-county Southern Maryland region, it houses institutions such as the headquarters for the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, a humane society, an economic development council, a board of realtors, and a homeless shelter, which serve the tri-county area. There is also a girl scout camp. The town has no traditional grid-layout streets, but consists of merely businesses along the highway and some very small outlying housing developments.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,537 people, 503 households, and 407 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 137.4 people per square mile (53.0/km²). There were 529 housing units at an average density of 47.3/sq mi (18.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.04% White, 13.08% African American, 0.72% Native American, 2.73% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 503 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.25.

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