Ridgely, Maryland

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Ridgely is a town in Caroline County, Maryland, United States. The population was 1,352 at the 2000 census. Its main ZIP code is 21660, but is assigned eight other "216" zip codes due to its status as a home to fulfillment companies that receive and ship mail-in offers. The primary phone exchange is 634 and the area code is 410. Maryland Route 480 bisects the town. Pelican Airport serves the area also. Ridgelyites boast of the widest main street of any town in Maryland; it was once considered "The Strawberry Capital" and still holds a Strawberry Festival each May.[1] Its rural nature was in 2009 threatened by a proposed federal security training facility nearby, but plans were scrapped in 2010.



Ridgely is located at 38°56′42″N 75°53′1″W / 38.945°N 75.88361°W / 38.945; -75.88361 (38.944896, -75.883489)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,352 people, 513 households, and 349 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,269.0 people per square mile (487.9/km²). There were 553 housing units at an average density of 519.1/sq mi (199.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 81.58% White, 15.61% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.18% of the population.

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