Smith Island, Maryland

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Smith Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Somerset County, Maryland, United States. It is included in the Salisbury, Maryland Metropolitan Statistical Area. Smith Island is Maryland's only inhabited off-shore island in the Chesapeake Bay, and its population was 364 at the 2000 census.

In the last 150 years, Smith Island has lost over 3,300 acres (13 km2) of wetlands due to erosion into the Chesapeake Bay. To prevent the island from being lost to erosion, restoration efforts will be ongoing for the next 50 years to restore 1,900 acres (8 km2) of submerged aquatic vegetation and 240 acres (1.0 km2) of wetlands.[1]

People traveling to Smith Island can only access it by boat. Passenger-only ferries connect Smith Island at Ewell to Point Lookout, Maryland, to the west, and Crisfield, Maryland, to the east. Tourists arriving by ferry can sleep in a guest house and enjoy seafood meals. Visitors are also charmed by the islanders' hardy fishing livelihood and devotion to the Methodist church. One visitor, the author William Least Heat-Moon, described his conversations with islanders in his best-selling book Blue Highways.

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Geography

Smith Island is located at 37°58′7″N 76°1′22″W / 37.96861°N 76.02278°W / 37.96861; -76.02278 (37.968632, -76.022849)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.8 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.5 km²) of it is land and 4.7 square miles (12.2 km²) of it (51.42%) is water.

Demographics

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