Aberdeen, Maryland
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 13,842 people, 5,475 households, and 3,712 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,166.2 people per square mile (836.4/km²). There were 5,894 housing units at an average density of 922.4 per square mile (356.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.90% White, 27.38% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.

There were 5,475 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples
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 living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,190, and the median income for a family was $48,357. Males had a median income of $32,783 versus $26,025 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $18,940. About 9.0% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2010 census Aberdeen had a population of 14,959. The ethnic and racial composition of the population was 56.4% non-Hispanic white, 30.5% black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.2% non-Hispanics reproting some other race, 5.3% reporting two or more races and 5.4% Hispanic or Latino.

The Village of Aberdeen

The Village of Aberdeen was a development by Edmund Law Rogers in 1852. The name originated from its mother city, Aberdeen, Scotland, as a result of the close relationship the Rogers family of Baltimore had with their cousin, the Earl of Aberdeen
George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
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, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1852. The area now known as Aberdeen is a cluster of three communities
  • Hall's Cross Roads, located at the intersection of Old Philadelphia Road (MD-7, in some places known as Old Post Road, then known as Philadelphia Post Road) and Bush River Neck Road (then the main road from Swan Creek 39°31′28.41"N 76°8′17.75"W)
  • Mechanicsville, located at 39°36′7.3836"N 76°19′10.8516"W
  • The Village of Aberdeen

The Town of Aberdeen

In 1892, Aberdeen was incorporated as a Town
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, under Chapter 136 of the Acts of 1892.

The Town Board of Commissioners

When incorporated as a Town, Aberdeen government was led by a board of commissioners.
  • From 1892-1905, a Board President was elected annually by the commissioners
  • From 1906-1954, this election was changed to be biennial
  • From 1955-1992, the election of a Board President was changed back to be annual

Presidents - Aberdeen Board of Commissioners

  • 1892-1894 Charles W. Baker
  • 1894-1896 George Walker
  • 1896-1899 John Finney Wells
  • 1899-1900 George H. Irvins
  • 1900-1905 John Finney Wells
  • 1905-1906 James A. Wiles
  • 1906-1908 John Finney Wells
  • 1908-1914 C. H. Johnson
  • 1914-1916 None listed
  • 1916-1950 Frank E. Baker
  • 1950-1952 J. Wilmer Cronin
  • 1952-1954 Charles J. Kelly
  • 1954-1955 Clark D. Connellee
  • 1955-1956 J. Wilmer Cronin
  • 1956-1958 R. Lee Mitchell
  • 1958-1959 Robert P. Atkins
  • 1959-1964 George B. Adams, Jr.
  • 1964-1965 Robert H. Krieger
  • 1965-1967 William Cooper, Jr.
  • 1967-1968 Warren Parrish
  • 1968-1969 John A. Feroll
  • 1969-1970 William Cooper, Jr.
  • 1970-1971 Warren Parrish
  • 1971-1972 Alphonse Demarco
  • 1972-1974 George B. Adams, Jr.
  • 1974-1975 William B. Hause
  • 1975-1977 Kent F. Stewart
  • 1977-1978 William B. Hause
  • 1978-1979 Jerry A. Nolan
  • 1979-1980 William Cooper, Jr.
  • 1980-1981 Raymond H. Warfield
  • 1981-1986 Ronald Kupferman
  • 1986-1987 Raymond H. Warfield
  • 1987-1992 George J. Englesson

The City of Aberdeen

In 1992, the 100th anniversary year of Aberdeen becoming a Town, Aberdeen incorporated as the City
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 it is today.

Prior Mayors of Aberdeen

  • Ruth Elliott, 1992–1994
  • Charles R. Boutin
    Charles R. Boutin
    Charles Boutin was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 34A.-Background:Charles Boutin was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1999 to represent District 34A, which covers portions of Harford and Cecil Counties...

    , 1994–1998
  • Douglas S. Wilson, 1998–2005
  • S. Fred Simmons, 2005–2007


Since incorporation as a City, Aberdeen has had a council-manager form of government. The Mayor
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 and Council
City council
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 are elected
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 for two-year terms in November, with terms beginning in November. The Mayor and Council define policy
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 and appoint the City manager
City manager
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 and department heads. Those appointed "serve at the pleasure of the Council" and may be dismissed at any time, by vote of the Council.

Aberdeen City Council

The current Council members were elected by Voters to 2-year terms beginning in November 2009. Their terms expire in 2011.
  • Michael Bennett, Mayor
  • Ruth Ann Young, City Council
  • Sandra Landbeck, City Council
  • Bruce Garner, City Council
  • Ruth Elliott, City Council

Maryland General Assembly

State Senate, District 34A
  • State Senator Nancy Jacobs
    Nancy Jacobs
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House of Delegates, District 34A
  • State Representative B. Dan Riley (Democrat)
  • Mary-Dulaney James (Democrat)

Congressional Delegation

US Senate
  • Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
    Barbara Mikulski
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  • Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
    Ben Cardin
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US House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District
  • Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
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Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen is home to the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground
Aberdeen Proving Ground
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 (APG). The proving ground was established by Act of Congress
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 and came into operation in January 1918. APG is headquarters of the United States Army
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 Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). The proving ground occupies more than 72500 acres (293.4 km²) in Harford County. More than 7,500 civilians and 5,000 military personnel work at APG.

Notable residents and natives

  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
    Cal Ripken, Jr.
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    , Baltimore Orioles
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     legend, grew up in Aberdeen and was a student at Aberdeen High School
    Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, Maryland)
    Aberdeen High School is a public high school in Aberdeen, Maryland.The school is a part of the Harford County Public Schools.-Science and Mathematics Academy:...

  • Billy Ripken
    Billy Ripken
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    , former Oriole
    Baltimore Orioles
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     and brother of Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Michael D. Griffin
    Michael D. Griffin
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    , head administrator of NASA
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  • Jai Lewis
    Jai Lewis
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    , College basketball player (George Mason Patriots
    George Mason Patriots
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  • E. J. Henderson
    E. J. Henderson
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    , Minnesota Viking football player, former Maryland Terrapin.
  • Erin Henderson
    Erin Henderson
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    , Minnesota Viking football player, former Maryland Terrapin,
  • Richard Slutzky, "Coach Slutzky", honoree of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, long-time Aberdeen High School coach.
  • William Benjamin Baker
    William Benjamin Baker
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    , U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District, from 1895 to 1901.
  • Linwood Clark
    Linwood Clark
    Linwood Leon Clark was a U.S. Congressman who represented the second Congressional district of the state of Maryland from 1929 to 1931.Clark was born in Aberdeen, Maryland, and attended the public schools as a youth...

    , U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District, 1929–1931. Born in Aberdeen, MD on March 21, 1876
  • Lisa Welch, Playboy
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    Playmate of the Month, September 1980
  • Frank Zappa
    Frank Zappa
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    , musician, lived in Aberdeen for a short period, father worked at APG.
  • Irv Pankey
    Irv Pankey
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    , Aberdeen High School, 2 time wrestling state champion (1975–1976); Penn State offensive lineman (1976–1980); NFL: Los Angeles Rams (1980–1990)Indianapolis Colts (1991–1992)
  • Les German
    Les German
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    , Major League Baseball Pitcher, Trap-shooter
  • David (Randy) Grace, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Oregon State University, grew up in Aberdeen
  • Steven M. Wise, animal rights lawyer and scholar, inducted into Aberdeen High School Hall of Fame.

Aberdeen Ironbirds

Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Billy
Billy Ripken
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 are owners of the Aberdeen IronBirds
Aberdeen IronBirds
The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York - Penn League and are based in Aberdeen, Maryland, which is in Harford County....

 minor league baseball team, which plays at Ripken Stadium
Ripken Stadium
Ripken Stadium is the home of the Aberdeen IronBirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the New York-Penn League. The stadium is located in Aberdeen, Maryland. The 6,000-seat Ripken Stadium held its first game on June 18, 2002. The team has sold out every home game at Ripken Stadium...



Aberdeen's local radio
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 station is WAMD, broadcasting at 970 on the AM
AM broadcasting
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 dial. Local newspaper
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 coverage is provided by Harford County publications The Aegis
The Aegis (newspaper)
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and The Record. Electronic media covering Aberdeeen issues is The Dagger Press (electronic)

Aberdeen is served by Baltimore
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 television stations.

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