Keedysville, Maryland

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Keedysville is a town in Washington County, Maryland, United States. The population was 482 as of the 2000 Census. As of 1 July 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the town's population at 862,[1] a 78.8% increase from 2000.



Keedysville is located at 39°29′19″N 77°41′55″W / 39.48861°N 77.69861°W / 39.48861; -77.69861 (39.488634, -77.698488)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.

Keedysville is underlain by the Tomstown Dolomite, a carbonic rock formation of the Cambrian. The Tomstown is known for producing most of the caves in Washington County, especially in the area surrounding Keedysville. The area was once home to eight different caves, several of which were discovered during quarrying operations to remove rock for highway construction. The most famous of these caves, Crystal Grottoes, was discovered in 1920 and is now the only show-cave in Maryland.

The high concentration of caves in this area may be related to increased drainage of ground water. The watertable in this locality is drained by the Little Antietam Creek and its tributaries, and many of these caves can be found in the cliffs and along the broken plateau east of town.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 482 people, 172 households, and 131 families residing in the town. The population density was 565.7 people per square mile (218.9/km²). There were 188 housing units at an average density of 220.6/sq mi (85.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.96% White, 0.21% African American, 0.21% Asian, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 172 households out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

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