Aberdeen is a city in Harford County, Maryland, United States. The population was 13,842 at the 2000 census. As with all Aberdeens outside Scotland, it was named after the original Aberdeen City by Scots emigrating from home.
Aberdeen is part of the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is the 20th-largest United States metropolitan area. The nearest city to Aberdeen is Havre de Grace, Maryland, 4.8 miles to the northeast.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 13,842 people, 5,475 households, and 3,712 families residing in the city. The population density
was 2,166.2 people per square mile (836.4/km²). There were 5,894 housing units at an average density of 922.4/sq mi (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
, and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic
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 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 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.
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
, 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 (39.524558, -76.138264))
- Mechanicsville, located at (39.6020509, -76.3196809)
- The Village of Aberdeen
The Town of Aberdeen
In 1892, Aberdeen was incorporated as a Town, 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 it is today.
Prior Mayors of Aberdeen
- Ruth Elliott, 1992-1994
- Charles R. Boutin, 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
for two-year terms in April, with terms beginning in November. The Mayor and Council define policy
and appoint the City manager
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 2007. Their terms expire in 2009.
- Michael E. Bennett, Mayor
- Ruth E. Elliott, President (chosen by Council, 2-year term)
- Michael G. Hiob
- Ronald Kupferman
- Ruth Ann Young
Aberdeen City Administration
Douglas R. Miller, City Manager (chosen by Council)
Harford County Council
Council District E
- Richard C."Coach" Slutzky (Republican)
Maryland General Assembly
State Senate, District 34A
House of Delegates, District 34A
- State Representative B. Dan Riley (Democrat)
- Mary Dulaney-James (Democrat)
US House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District
Aberdeen Proving Ground
Aberdeen is home to the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground
(APG). The proving ground was established by Act of Congress
and came into operation in January 1918. APG is headquarters of the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command
(ATEC). The proving ground occupies more than 72,500 acres
in Harford County. More than 7,500 civilians and 5,000 military personnel work at APG.
Notable Residents and Natives
- Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles legend, grew up in Aberdeen and was a student at Aberdeen High School.
- Billy Ripken, former Oriole and brother of Cal Ripken Jr.
- Michael D. Griffin, head administrator of NASA
- Charlotte Garretson Cronin, curator and founder of the Aberdeen Room Archives & Museum, member of the Aberdeen High School Hall of Fame, member of the Garretson family that came to Aberdeen in 1661, and author of "Sketches: Village to Town to City."
- Jai Lewis, College basketball player (George Mason Patriots).
- E. J. Henderson, Minnesota Viking football player, former Maryland Terrapin.
- Erin Henderson, 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, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District, from 1918 to 1921.
- Linwood Clark, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District, 1929-1931. Born in Aberdeen, MD on March 21, 1876
- Lisa Welch, Playboy Playmate of the Month, September 1980
- Frank Zappa, musician, lived in Aberdeen for a short period, father worked at APG.
- Irv Pankey, Aberdeen High School 2 time wrestling state champion (1975,1976) Penn State offensive lineman (1976-1980) Pro Football 1980-1990 Los Angeles Rams,1991-1992 Indianapolis Colts
Cal Ripken Jr.
and brother Billy
are owners of the Aberdeen IronBirds
minor league baseball team, which plays at Ripken Stadium
Aberdeen's local radio
station is WAMD
, broadcasting at 970 on the AM
dial. Local newspaper
coverage is provided by Harford County publications The Aegis
and The Record
. Aberdeen is served by Baltimore television