Kent County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Maryland, on its
named for the county of Kent in England.
county seat is Chestertown.
In 2000, the county population was 19,197.
It is the least populous of Maryland's 23 counties.
In 1642, the governor and council appointed commissioners for the
Isle and County of Kent.
This act appears to have
led to the establishment of Kent County.
The county has a number of properties which are listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
. A peninsula
along the southern shore of the
Sassafras River containing several large farms and a large pond
that were assembled into one property by the former owners of The
Granary marina and restaurant at Georgetown, Liz Maytag and Mike
Revuke, has been preserved as a wildlife sanctuary
Government and Politics
Kent County was granted home rule in 1970 under a state code. Kent
County is the most competitive county on Maryland's eastern shore.
In 2004, Republican George W.
won it with 52% of the vote to
Democrat John Kerry
's 46%. In the
States Presidential Election
won Kent County by 48 votes more than John McCain
The commissioners of Kent County are -Roy W. Crow (R)
President,Ronald H. Fithian (D),William W. Pickrum (D)
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 414 square miles (1,073 km²),
of which, 279 square miles (724 km²) of it is land and
135 square miles (349 km²) of it (32.55%) is water.
A farm in Kent County, Maryland
As of the census
of 2000, there were 19,197
people, 7,666 households, and 5,136 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 69 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 9,410 housing
units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²).
The racial makeup of the county was 79.64% White
, 17.41% Black
or African American
, 0.15% Native American
, 0.54% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 1.04% from
, and 1.18%
from two or more races. 2.84% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 15.7% were of English, 14.2% German, 12.4% Irish and 11.3% American ancestry according to Census
There were 7,666 households out of which 26.30% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 51.70% were married couples
living together, 11.10% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were
non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals
and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or
older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family
size was 2.81.
In the county the population was spread out with 20.80% under the
age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from
45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,869, and
the median income for a family was $46,708. Males had a median
income of $31,899 versus $24,513 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$21,573. About 9.30% of families and 13.00% of the population were
below the poverty line
17.00% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or
- Kent County High School
- Chestertown Middle School
- Galena Middle School
- Rock Hall Middle School
- Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School
- Millington Elementary School
- Rock Hall Elementary School
- Worton Elementary School
- Kent School
- Chestertown Christian Academy
- Echo Hill Outdoor
- Radcliffe Creek School
- Washington College
Cities and towns
This county contains the following incorporated
- Betterton (incorporated 1906) Mayor- Carolyn C.
- Chestertown (incorporated 1805) Mayor- Margo G.
- Galena (incorporated 1858) Mayor- Harry J.
- Millington (incorporated 1890) (This town is partly in
Kent County and partly in Queen Anne's County.) Mayor- T. Edward Robinson
- Rock Hall (incorporated 1908) Mayor- Jay A.
All five are classified as towns
The United States Census
recognizes no Census-Designated Places
in Kent County, which is unusual for Maryland counties, which
usually have many unincorporated population centers.
Other unincorporated places not listed as Census-Designated Places
but known in the area include:
- Still Pond
- Tolchester Beach
- The newspaper of record is The
Kent County News.
- Kent County Public Schools were some of the last in the country
to integrate, but this was because of construction delays in
opening the desegregated high school.
County, Maryland, is one of the few counties in the United States
to border its namesake in another state--in this case, Kent County,