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Pikesville, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland
Census-designated place
The entrance to Pikesville High School, located at the intersection of Labyrinth Road and Smith Avenue.
The entrance to Pikesville High School, located at the intersection of Labyrinth Road and Smith Avenue.
Location of Pikesville, Maryland
Location of Pikesville, Maryland
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Baltimore
 • Total 12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Land 12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 509 ft (155 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 30,764
 • Density 2,500/sq mi (960/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 21208, 21282
Area code(s) 410, 443 ,667
FIPS code 24-61400
GNIS feature ID 0586509

Pikesville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Pikesville is just northwest of the Baltimore city limits. It is the northwestern suburb closest to Baltimore.

The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.[1] 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 Maryland.


Pikesville is located at (39.379039, -76.705091).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.4 square miles (32.1 km2), of which 32.0 square kilometres (12.4 sq mi) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), or 0.22%, is water.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 30,764 people and 13,642 households residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,490.8 people per square mile. There were 14,323 housing units. The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.0% White, 14.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 6.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

As of the 2000 census, 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[5]). 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 poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

In 2000, 19.3% of Pikesville residents identified as being of Russian heritage. This was the highest percentage of Russian Americans of any place in the United States, although virtually all of them are ethnic Ashkenazi Jews whose ancestors immigrated from the Russian Empire.[6]

Jewish community

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. After World War II, the Jewish community started to move outside of Baltimore City into Pikesville which was a sleepy outpost on a major road that led to Western Maryland.

Pikesville and its neighboring communities to the north (Owings Mills) has been considered the center of the Baltimore area's Jewish community of 100,000 since the mid nineteen fifties (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 Zebulon Pike (1779–1813). While there are places named for Pike in many other states, Pikesville, Maryland, is the only place named "Pikesville" (compare Pikeville, Kentucky).


Pikesville is served by several elementary, middle, and high schools and higher-education facilities:


  • Fort Garrison Elementary School
  • Milbrook Elementary
  • Bedford Elementary School
  • Summit Park Elementary School
  • Wellwood International School (elementary)
  • Winand Elementary


Higher education


The Maryland State Police is headquartered at 1201 Reisterstown Road in the Pikesville CDP.[8][9]



Public transportation

The Baltimore Metro Subway runs through Pikesville, with two stops in the area, both named for the roads on which they are located: Milford Mill and Old Court.

Maryland Transit Administration bus routes serving Pikesville include nos. 53 and 59 on Reisterstown Road, 53 and 77 on Old Court Road, 54 on Milford Mill Road/Slade Avenue, and 58 and 60 on Smith Avenue.

Notable residents

Pikesville in national/international news

Vernon Evans has been a key figure in the battle against lethal injection in Maryland and other states. He and Anthony Grandison are currently on death row for the murders of two clerks at the Warren House Motel (currently a Howard Johnson) in Pikesville in 1983.[11]

Ziad Jarrah, a suspected terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks, was pulled over two days earlier for speeding in Pikesville.[12]


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Pikesville CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pikesville CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^
  6. ^ Vicino, Thomas J. (2008). New York City:  
  7. ^ About Maalot Baltimore
  8. ^ Home page. Maryland State Police. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  9. ^ "Pikesville CDP, Maryland." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  10. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (2014-11-15). "Remembrance: Michael Shamberg, from Baltimore to New Order and beyond".  
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Another hijacker was stopped for traffic violation". CNN. January 9, 2002. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
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