Deer Park, Maryland

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Deer Park is a town in Garrett County, Maryland, United States. The population was 405 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Deer Park is located at 39°25′24″N 79°19′32″W / 39.42333°N 79.32556°W / 39.42333; -79.32556 (39.423438, -79.325597)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

History

The town of Deer Park traces its history back to the 1770s, long before Garrett County was established. The town was part of property owned by Lord Baltimore and was originally surveyed on April 14, 1774. Deer Park saw immense growth during the mid to late 1880s, primarily because of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The Deer Park Hotel, constructed in 1872, served as the focal point for visitors who came to the mountaintop to enjoy the beautiful scenery and cool temperatures during the summer months. Numerous large cottages were subsequently erected and made available to wealthy visitors.

As automobiles became more readily available in the early 1900s, transportation was no longer limited to railroad service, and Deer Park lost its appeal as a vacation destination. The fortunes of the town took a gradual downturn. Fires and demolitions have destroyed many of the fine homes and hotels that once were abundant in the area.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 405 people, 161 households, and 112 families residing in the town. The population density was 405.7 people per square mile (156.4/km²). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 181.3/sq mi (69.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.53% White, and 2.47% from two or more races.

There were 161 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,339, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,302. About 21.2% of families and 24.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.2% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

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