Pikesville is a census-designated place (CDP) in
Maryland, United States. Pikesville is just northwest of the Baltimore city limits.
It is the northwestern suburb
closest to Baltimore.
The population was 29,123 at the 2000 census
. The corridor along
Interstate 795 which links
Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown to the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) contains one of
the larger Jewish populations in
The Pikes Theater, one of Pikesville's historic landmarks.
Currently, a theater-themed diner occupies the building
Pikesville is located at (39.379039, -76.705091) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the CDP has a total area of
12.4 square miles (32.1 km²), of which,
12.4 square miles (32.1 km²) of it is land and 0.08%
As of the census
of 2000, there were 29,123
people, 12,747 households, and 8,145 families residing in the CDP.
The population density
2,348.4 people per square mile (906.8/km²). There were 13,391
housing units at an average density of 1,079.8/sq mi
(417.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.39% White
, 8.52% African American
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.50% from
, and 1.00%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.50% of the
There were 12,747 households out of which 24.1% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples
living together, 7.0% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families.
30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age
of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to
64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
45 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,598, and the
median income for a family was $78,002 (these figures had risen to
$73,846 and $100,237 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had
a median income of $52,079 versus $37,179 for females. The per capita income
for the CDP was $41,035.
About 5.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the
, including 4.4% of those
under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
19.3% of Pikesville residents identified as being of Russian
This was the highest percentage of Russian Americans
of any place in the
19th and early 20th centuries Jewish immigrants to the Baltimore
area first formed enclaves in East Baltimore not far from Johns Hopkins
Hospital in neighborhoods such as Broadway East, Jonestown, Middle East and Oliver.
During World War II
, the Jewish community started to
move outside Baltimore City into Pikesville. Jews still owned many
of the neighborhood businesses in their old communities up to the
Baltimore riot of 1968
Pikesville is now considered the center of the Baltimore area's
Jewish community of 100,000 (referred to by residents as "100,000
Jews in three zip codes") . Many of the region's largest and most
established synagogues and Jewish schools are located in or near
Pikesville. In the past few decades, the Jewish community
has expanded further outside the city of Baltimore to other more
distant northwestern suburbs, including Owings Mills and Reisterstown.
Pikesville was named after the American soldier and explorer
(1779–1813). While there are places
named for Pike in many other states, Pikesville, Maryland is the
only place named "Pikesville" (compare Pikeville,
Pikesville is served by several elementary, middle, and high
schools and higher-education facilities:
- Fort Garrison Elementary School
- Milbrook Elementary
- Summit Park Elementary School
- Wellwood International School (elementary)
The Maryland State Police
headquartered at 1201 Reisterstown Road in the Pikesville
I-695 (Baltimore Beltway)
(Reisterstown Road), 21 (Park Heights Avenue/Stevenson Road), and
22 (Greenspring Avenue) are in Pikesville.
Maryland Route 140
, better known
as Reisterstown Road
, is Pikesville's historic
"Main Street," holding most of Pikesville's commercial development.
Located on Reisterstown Road are the area's historic shops (mostly
inside the Baltimore Beltway
some more modern shopping centers (mostly outside the
Old Court Road
Old Court Road is one of
the major cross-county roads in Pikesville, providing direct access
to nearby Winands Road in Randallstown and Ruxton.
While mostly residential, there is a small
amount of commercial development on Old Court Road, plus the
Old Court Metro Subway
Smith Avenue/Slade Avenue/Milford Mill Road
Pikesville's other major cross-county road is known in various
sections as Smith Avenue
, Slade Avenue
Milford Mill Road
. This road provides access to nearby Milford
Mill and Mt. Washington
. The road is lined
mostly with residential development, but is also home to the
Milford Mill Metro
and passes some of the area's public schools and
Park Heights Avenue/Stevenson Road
Maryland Route 129
, better known as Park
, runs parallel to Reisterstown Road, and is
used as a back-road alternative to Reisterstown Road by motorists.
In the Pikesville area, the road is lined with upscale housing on
the east side, and by Suburban Country Club and Druid Ridge
Cemetery on the west. At Old Court Road, the parallel
splits off. While westbound access
to the Baltimore Beltway
available from Park Heights Avenue, the ramps for eastbound traffic
can be found on Stevenson Road. The two roads at this point are
also linked by Brooks Robinson
(MD-129A), formerly called Radio Tower Drive. The two residential
developments bounded by Brooks Robinson Dr. (N); Stevenson Rd. (E);
Park Heights Ave. (W); and the intersection of Stevenson, Park
Heights, and Old Court Rd. (S) are "Fields of Stevenson" and the
older "Sugarville," after developer Gordon Sugar.
parallels Park Heights
Avenue between Old Court Road and Greenspring Valley Road as a
through road and continues past Greenspring Valley Road as a
to a series of dead end streets
. The road, which is mostly
residential, is the eastern half of Exit 21 from the Baltimore Beltway
(along with Park Heights
Avenue). The most notable landmarks on or near the
road are Chizuk
Amuno Synagogue, the Stevenson Shopping Center (a small shopping
center with a post office), and Fort Garrison (located on a side street off Stevenson
Brooks Robinson Drive (formerly name Radio Tower Drive)
A street for most of Stevenson and Park Heights traffic in the
Pikesvile/Owings Mills area.
The historic one-lane bridge on Sudbrook Lane
is a two-lane road that splits off
from Old Court Road near Park Heights Avenue and continues to
Milford Mill Road, before it changes identification to Sudbrook
until its end at Rockridge Road. The most notable feature
on this road, which runs through historic Sudbrook Park
, is the historic one-lane
bridge, which was recently reconstructed.
The Baltimore Metro Subway
runs through Pikesville, with two stops in the area, both named for
the roads on which they are located. The Milford Mill
and Old Court
stations, which are located away from Reisterstown Road, offer
plenty of parking and bus service to other parts of Pikesville.
bus routes serving Pikesville include nos.
on Reisterstown Road and 54
on Milford Mill Road.
Pikesville in national/international news
has been a key figure in
the battle against lethal injection
in Maryland and other states. He is currently on death row
for the murders of two clerks at a
, a suspected terrorist
involved in the 9/11
, was pulled over two days earlier for speeding in
In April 2005, nine bison
knocked down their
gate on a nearby farm and roamed free around the Pikesville area
until police officers were able to corral them onto the tennis
court of a townhouse
complex by Hooks Lane, several miles away. The owner, Gerald "Buzz"
Berg, said that the bison were likely headed for a trip to the
. Police said Berg
would face no charges.
- Home page.
Maryland State Police. Retrieved
on March 23, 2009.
- " Pikesville CDP, Maryland." U.S. Census
Bureau. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.