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Maryland Counties

There are twenty-four counties and county-equivalents in Maryland. Though an independent city rather than a county, the City of Baltimore is considered the equal of a county. The last new county formation in Maryland occurred when Garrett County was formed in 1872 from portions of Allegany County.

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Maryland Counties: History and Information

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Maryland is a state located in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to the south and west, Pennsylvania to the north, and Delaware to the east.

This is a list of the twenty-four counties and county-equivalents in the US state of Maryland. Though an independent city rather than a county, the City of Baltimore is considered the equal of a county for most purposes and is a county-equivalent. Many of the counties in Maryland were named for relatives of the Barons Baltimore who were the proprietors of the Maryland colony from its founding in 1634 through 1771. The Barons Baltimore were Catholic, and George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, originally intended that the colony be a haven for English Catholics, though for the majority of its history Maryland has had a majority of Protestants.

The last new county formation in Maryland occurred when Garrett County was formed in 1872 from portions of Allegany County. However, there have been numerous border changes since that time, most recently when portions of the city of Takoma Park that had previously been part of Prince George's County were absorbed into Montgomery County in 1997

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County 2000
Population
Square
Miles
County Seat Created
Allegany County 74,930 425 Cumberland 1789
Anne Arundel County 489,656 416 Annapolis 1650
Baltimore City 651,154 81 Baltimore 1851
Baltimore County 754,292 599 Towson 1659
Calvert County 74,563 215 Prince Frederick 1650
Caroline County 29,772 320 Denton 1773
Carroll County 150,897 449 Westminster 1836
Cecil County 85,951 348 Elkton 1674
Charles County 120,546 461 La Plata 1658
Dorchester County 30,674 558 Cambridge 1668
Frederick County 195,277 663 Frederick 1748
Garrett County 29,846 648 Oakland 1872
Harford County 218,590 440 Bel Air 1773
Howard County 247,842 252 Ellicott City 1851
Kent County 19,197 279 Chestertown 1642
Montgomery County 873,341 495 Rockville 1776
Prince George's County 801,515 486 Upper Marlboro 1695
Queen Anne's County 40,563 372 Centreville 1706
Somerset County 24,747 327 Princess Anne 1666
St. Mary's County 86,211 361 Leonardtown 1637
Talbot County 33,812 269 Easton 1662
Washington County 131,923 458 Hagerstown 1776
Wicomico County 84,644 377 Salisbury 1867
Worcester County 46,543 473 Snow Hill 1742
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