Reisterstown, Maryland

Reisterstown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is located to the north of Baltimore and though it is older than the areas surrounding it, it is now more a housing community.

Schools of Reisterstown

In 1746, a church was built on a piece of land nearby Reister’s property known as Church Hill. Funded and built by the Lutheran community the church was free to all denominations. As normal back then the church served a second purpose, a school house. But as the town and its population grew, the church could no longer hold all of the town’s children. Reister found a solution to this and made a new school on his property in 1793.

After the death of John Reister, the town raised money to build Franklin Academy, in the name of Benjamin Franklin. By 1824, the school had been finished and in 1826 the community had installed a cupola, the Franklin Bell, which now resides proudly in front of the present Franklin High School. In the 1870s the school became one of the first to join the Baltimore County school system. Franklin Academy became the first public high school in the county in 1874. By the early 1900s the school became a public library, where it still stands today next to the Lutheran cemetery and across the street from the present day Franklin Middle School.

Today’s Schools


  • Elementary: Franklin, Cedarmere, Glyndon, Reisterstown, and Chatsworth. All are Grades K-5, some also have Preschool such as Franklin and Cedarmere.
  • Middle: Franklin (Grades 6-8)
  • High: Franklin (Grades 9-12)


  • Chestnut Ridge-Grace (Preschool),
  • Hannah More School (Grades 7-12),
  • Sacred Heart Parochial School (Grades K-8)

Town Recreation

The Reisterstown Recreation Council (RRC) houses sports for kids of all ages and has many activities. With a large variation of sports like; football (boys, ages 5-14), coed soccer (ages 6-16), girls soccer (ages 10-16), boys basketball (ages 7-17), lacrosse (boys and girls separate), field hockey (3rd-9th grades), softball (1st-10th grades), dance (ages 3-18), baseball (1st-10th grades), cheerleading (girls, ages 5-13), wrestling (1st-10th grades) (Unknown Author5). All sports are split up into appropriate age groups for better match ups between skill levels (2007). The RRC also holds adult leagues for boxing, volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s 40+ basketball (2007). There is also an indoor sports arena, Owings Mills Sports Plex (OMSP). The Owings Mills Sports Plex was closed in late 2007. They host many of the same sports year round for recreation, travel, adult and pick-up leagues (Unknown Author4a 2006). Along with that they also have sports camps for the summer and winter and hold year round clinics for young children learning to play soccer and basketball (2006). They also hold community dances and parties for youth (Unknown Author 4b 2006).


  • Latitude and Longitude coordinates: +39.387615, -076.79615 respective
  • County: Baltimore
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Land Area: 61.5 square miles (159.2 square kilometers)
  • Water Area: 0.1 square miles (0.2 square kilometers)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 22,438 people, 8,680 households, and 5,980 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,461.2 people per square mile (1,722.3/km²). There were 9,081 housing units at an average density of 1,805.5/sq mi (697.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.5% White, 12.1% African American, 0.22% Native American, 4.02% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.39% of the population.

There were 8,680 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,587, and the median income for a family was $55,418. Males had a median income of $37,322 versus $31,190 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,206. About 4.6% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.


External links

Cited Sources

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  • Reister’s Town. Baltimore County Public Library. April 2006. Accessed on January 23, 2007.
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  • Reisterstown, Maryland. Everything2 March 16, 2003. Accessed on January 23, 2007.
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  • "Welcome to Reisterstown". The Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2004] Accessed on February 4, 2007.
  • Unknown Author1. 21136 Zip Code Reisterstown. Brainy Zip. January 2007. Accessed on February 4, 2007.
  • Unknown Author2. Portfolio Historic Architecture. Rubeling & Associates. no date. Accessed on February 4, 2007.
  • Unknown Author3. . U.S. Senate Vote Shows Strong Backing for Boy Scouts. CWFA. <>. July 2005. Accessed on February 4 2007.
  • Unknown Author 4a. <> Youth Leagues At Owings Mills Sports Plex. Owings Mills Sports Plex. <> 2006. Accessed on February 1, 2007.
  • Unknown Author 4b. <>. Parties & Events. Owings Mills Sports Plex. 2006. Accessed on February 1, 2007.
  • Unknown Author5. . Reisterstown Recreation Council. 2007. Accessed February 1, 2007
  • U.S. Census Bureau. Reisterstown CDP, Maryland Statistics and Demographics (US Census 2000). Area Connect. <>. 2000. Accessed on January 23, 2007.

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