Pumphrey, Maryland

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Pumphrey is a census-designated place (CDP) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. The population was 5,317 at the 2000 census.



According to the 1878 survey of Anne Arundel County prepared by G. M. Hopkins, Civil Engineer (CE) of Philadelphia, the area that is located along the West Branch of the Patapsco River and is now known as Pumphrey was owned in large part by Charles Pumphrey.

Charles Pumphrey was a direct descendent of Walter Pumphrey. Walter was a Quaker who emigrated from England and arrived in Burlington, New Jersey, on a "boat load of Quakers" in 1678. Walter Pumphrey moved to the Baltimore area in 1708 to provide carpentry services to the many Quakers in that city. He purchased property throughout northern Anne Arundel County for a source of wood. A section of marshland in the area between what is now Linthicum and Pumphrey was known for some time as "Pumphrey's Swamp."


Pumphrey is located at 39°12′55″N 76°38′23″W / 39.21528°N 76.63972°W / 39.21528; -76.63972 (39.215357, -76.639775)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (4.33%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,317 people, 2,026 households, and 1,391 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,180.6 people per square mile (841.4/km²). There were 2,115 housing units at an average density of 867.4/sq mi (334.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.62% White, 16.25% African American, 0.45% Native American, 2.41% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

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