Berlin, Maryland

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Berlin, Maryland
Town
Downtown Berlin, Maryland
Downtown Berlin, Maryland
Location of Berlin, Maryland
Location of Berlin, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°20′N 75°13′W / 38.333°N 75.217°W / 38.333; -75.217Coordinates: 38°20′N 75°13′W / 38.333°N 75.217°W / 38.333; -75.217
Country United States
State Maryland
County Worcester
Incorporated 1868
Government
 • Mayor William "Gee" Williams III
 • Town Council
Area[1]
 • Total 3.15 sq mi (8.16 km2)
 • Land 3.15 sq mi (8.16 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,485
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,563
 • Density 1,423.8/sq mi (549.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21811
Area code(s) 410, 443
FIPS code 24-06800
GNIS feature ID 0583167
Website http://berlinmd.gov

Berlin is a town in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 4,485 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The town of Berlin had its start around the 1790s, part of the Burley Plantation, a 300-acre (1.2 km2) land grant dating back to 1677. The name Berlin is believed to be derived from a contraction of "Burleigh Inn", a tavern located at the crossroads of the Philadelphia Post Road (now South Main Street) and Sinepuxent Road (Tripoli Street). This may be why the traditional pronunciation of the town's name is /ˈbɜrlən/ BUR-lən, as opposed to the more modern pronunciations /ˈbɛərlɨn/ BAIR-lin and /bɛərˈlɪn/ bair-LIN. The traditional pronunciation is rarely heard today.[citation needed]

Berlin incorporated as a town in 1868. In the early 20th century, Berlin was known as a rest stop for travelers on their way to the coastal resort of Ocean City as well as a stop for tourists who enjoyed hunting and fishing on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just to the North of the town center of Berlin is Ocean Pines, Maryland which is a water front census-designated place (CDP) that shares the same zipcode as Berlin.

Since the late 1980s the town has undergone considerable revitalization of its historic downtown commercial district and adjacent residential areas. Berlin's historic residential areas feature nearly two centuries of architectural heritage from three distinct periods: Federal, Victorian, and 20th Century. 47 of these structures have been noted in the National Register of Historic Places as well as the historic commercial district. Berlin has also been designated as a "Main Street Community" by the State of Maryland in recognition of its revitalization progress.

In 2010, the Berlin Fire Company celebrated its 100th anniversary. As of 2010, The Berlin Fire Company provided fire and EMS service to Berlin and the surrounding area, has three stations, 16 pieces of apparatus, approximately 70 volunteers, 9 career EMS providers, and responds to approximately 2,000 calls per year.

Former U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew died at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Geography[edit]

Berlin is located at 38°20'N 75°13'W (38.3311,-75.2140).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.15 square miles (8.16 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

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2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,485 people, 1,688 households, and 1,155 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,423.8 inhabitants per square mile (549.7 /km2). There were 1,953 housing units at an average density of 620.0 per square mile (239.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.8% White, 23.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 2.7% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population.

There were 1,688 households of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.6% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% 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 3.07.

The median age in the town was 38.4 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.5% male and 54.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,491 people, 1,347 households, and 880 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,587.2 people per square mile (612.7/km²). There were 1,427 housing units at an average density of 648.8 per square mile (250.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 63.74% White, 32.03% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.38% of the population.

There were 1,347 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 21.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,438, and the median income for a family was $36,653. Males had a median income of $29,946 versus $20,293 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,303. About 12.9% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The town also includes four public schools as well as one private school, which have approximately 5,000 students combined. Worcester County Public Schools is one of the two top employers for the Town of Berlin.

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Berlin in popular culture[edit]

Two major motion pictures have been filmed in or around Berlin:

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