Fallston, Maryland

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Fallston, Maryland
CDP"
Location of Fallston, Maryland
Location of Fallston, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°31′55″N 76°26′17″W / 39.53194°N 76.43806°W / 39.53194; -76.43806Coordinates: 39°31′55″N 76°26′17″W / 39.53194°N 76.43806°W / 39.53194; -76.43806
Country United States
State Maryland
County Harford
Area
 • Total 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Land 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 8,427
 • Density 600.9/sq mi (232.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21047
Area code(s) 410, 443
FIPS code 24-27700
GNIS feature ID 0584343

Fallston is a census-designated place (CDP) in Harford County, Maryland, United States. The population was 8,427 at the 2000 census. It is a semi-rural community consisting mostly of farms and suburban-like developments and is a good example of an "exurb". Until 1958, this community was served by the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad at milepost 22.3.

Geography[edit]

Fallston is located at 39°31′55″N 76°26′17″W / 39.53194°N 76.43806°W / 39.53194; -76.43806 (39.532006, -76.438021)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.0 square miles (36 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,427 people, 2,875 households, and 2,550 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 600.9 people per square mile (232.1/km²). There were 2,906 housing units at an average density of 207.2/sq mi (80.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.33% White, 0.76% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races including Hispanic or Latino.

There were 2,875 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.5% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.3% were non-families. 9.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 34.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $84,296, and the median income for a family was $87,686. Males had a median income of $62,112 versus $37,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $31,093. About 2.2% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

Business[edit]

Fallston mostly consists of farms or residential housing. There is, though a strip of Belair Road (Rt 1) running through the south-east side of the town (technically outside of Fallston proper, in an area once known as 'Benson') which has a concentration of businesses and car dealerships. As of early 2007, plans for a construction of a Walmart Super Store and other businesses were planned. It was not until mid-2007 that this massive project was undertaken and given a name, 'Fallston Commons'. It covers a mass of over 800 acres (3.2 km2). Approximately 300 senior citizen town homes are being built in addition to an assisted living retirement home. Besides the Walmart Super Store, a Starbucks, a WaWa, and a Wendy's are planned in addition to numerous other businesses. Walmart is funding the massive project and will turn part of Belair Road into a six-lane highway which will add four new intersections and stop lights to assist in managing the traffic. The end date for the project was estimated to be in late 2008 to early 2009 but was put on hold with construction recommencing in 2010. As of March 16, 2011, Wal-Mart is now open for business. Salon 23 and Tri-State Computer Service mark the beginning of Fallston's commercial complex.

Gas station controversy[edit]

During the mid-2000s, Fallston was the location of an Exxon-Mobil station that was forced to close as a result of a heavily reported MTBE leak, and was one of several filling stations in the county being suspected of such leaks. The spills resulted in the county placing a six-month moratorium on construction of gas stations, and ultimately led the state to banning MTBE.

Notable Attractions[edit]

The center of the community is generally considered to be Fallston High School, Fallston area churches or the Parks and Recreational complex. A multi-use Senior Center/Recreation Facility named for former County Councilwoman Veronica L. "Roni" Chenowith was opened in the summer of 2010 as an addition to the Parks & Rec. complex. Also part of the Fallston Parks & Rec. is "Annie’s Playground", a playground and recreation area dedicated to a victim of drunk driving and to other children who were taken too early in life. A new extension of the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Trail has a terminus at "Annie's Playground" and leads into the County Seat of Bel Air.

Salon 23 and Tri-State Computer Service mark the beginning of Fallston's commercial complex.

The Ladew Topiary Gardens as well as the historic village Jerusalem Mill, the Jericho Road Covered Bridge and the Gunpowder Falls State Park are located nearby.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.