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Prince Frederick is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Calvert County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of Prince Frederick was 2,538, up from 1,432 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Calvert County
Prince Frederick is located in the center of Calvert County at (38.548720, -76.588748).
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Prince Frederick has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated “Cfa” on climate maps.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,432 people, 583 households, and 303 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 439.9 people per square mile (169.6/km²). There were 616 housing units at an average density of 189.2/sq mi (73.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 62.22% White, 33.80% African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.51% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population. Prince Frederick MD Homes for Sale
There were 583 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.2% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.0% were non-families. 43.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.96. Prince Frederick MD Homes for Sale
In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 72.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 64.4 males. Prince Frederick MD Homes for Sale
The median income for a household in the CDP was $22,321, and the median income for a family was $44,625. Males had a median income of $38,393 versus $19,700 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,868. About 14.0% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over. Prince Frederick MD Homes for Sale
Prince Frederick has served as the county seat of Calvert County since 1722, when officials chose a plot of land known as “Williams’ Old Field” as the spot for the new county courthouse. (Contemporary references to the piece of land include an upscale dining restaurant named Old Field Inn, and a street in Prince Frederick named “Old Field Lane.”) The original courthouse was finally completed in 1732. The town was most likely named for George II‘s son Frederick, who was Prince of Wales during the time of the town’s original conception. Prince Frederick MD Homes for Sale
In the War of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Bay Flotilla found refuge from the advancing British in St. Leonard’s Creek, several miles south of Prince Frederick, in June 1814. While laying siege to Barney’s force, the British under the command ofAdmiral Sir Alexander Cochrane plundered and destroyed the area nearby, including burning the town of Prince Frederick.
In 1882, Prince Frederick burned a second time, when a massive fire destroyed virtually the entire town and its courthouse. A new courthouse was erected on the same spot, and remains the center of Calvert County’s government to this day.
In the 1960s, Albert Irvin Cassell, a prominent mid-twentieth-century African-American architect in Washington, D.C.,sought to develop Chesapeake Heights on the Bay, a 520-acre (2.1 km2) summer resort community for African-Americans. The project was to feature houses, a motel, shopping centers, a pier, a marina, beaches, and a clubhouse fronting the Chesapeake Bay. Roads and a few homes were built by 1969, but the project ended with Cassell’s death in that same year.
In 1984, Prince Frederick was named one of seven “town centers” by Calvert County’s government. The town center designation meant that while Prince Frederick was still not formally incorporated, special zoning regulations would be enacted and boundaries would be established so new growth would be centered around the existing commercial and residential districts. This was done in order to take advantage of existing infrastructure and discourage poorly planned urban sprawl. Prince Frederick’s town center status also meant the creation of special architectural review boards who would encourage theme and unity of new buildings built within the town center.
On April 28, 2002, an F4 tornado cut just south of Prince Frederick, killing one person. The same tornado had also devastated the downtown business district of La Plata in neighboring Charles County.