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Friendsville, Maryland

Friendsville is a town in Garrett County, Maryland, United States. The population was 539 at the 2000 census.


Friendsville is located at (39.662127, -79.405251).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.

Name and History

Friendsville is named after its first European settler John Friend, who came to what is now Garrett County before the Revolution. Many of John Friend's descendants live in Garrett County today, and the headquarters and library of the Friend Family Association are in Friendsville because of this connection.


As of the census of 2000, there were 539 people, 232 households, and 134 families residing in the town. The population density was 580.6 people per square mile (223.8/km²). There were 266 housing units at an average density of 286.5/sq mi (110.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 0.56% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 232 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,286, and the median income for a family was $28,750. Males had a median income of $26,591 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,292. About 18.2% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.9% of those under age 18 and 28.4% of those age 65 or over.


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