Severna Park, Maryland

Coordinates: 39°4′56″N 76°33′56″W / 39.08222°N 76.56556°W / 39.08222; -76.56556
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Severna Park, Maryland
"The Park", "SP"
Location of Severna Park, Maryland
Location of Severna Park, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°4′56″N 76°33′56″W / 39.08222°N 76.56556°W / 39.08222; -76.56556
Country United States
State Maryland
County Anne Arundel
 • Total19.29 sq mi (49.96 km2)
 • Land16.53 sq mi (42.82 km2)
 • Water2.76 sq mi (7.15 km2)
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total39,933
 • Density2,415.50/sq mi (932.64/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)410, 443, and 667
FIPS code24-71200
GNIS feature ID0591251

Severna Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. Severna Park is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, and is located approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Annapolis, 17 miles (27 km) south of Baltimore and 39 miles (63 km) east of Washington, D.C. Severna Park's population was 39,933 at the 2020 census.


The name Severna Park is rumored to originate from a 1906 contest held by Oscar Hatton while the modern community was first becoming established. The winner would receive a portion of land but controversy arose because the winner was an African-American woman, who was instead rewarded $500.[2] However, extensive research by local historian Nelson Molter found no corroborative evidence for this story, suggesting the naming contest is merely a local myth.[3]

Robinson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[4] Severna Park was originally named "Boone," and was a stop along the Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad, which was converted to the B&A Rail Trail in 1990. Severna Park is also home to Severn School, a private high school established in 1914 by Rolland Teel as a feeder school to the United States Naval Academy, as well as several other old homes and buildings.

In many Slavic languages, Severna means "northern".

Geography and transportation[edit]

Severna Park is located at 39°4′56″N 76°33′56″W / 39.08222°N 76.56556°W / 39.08222; -76.56556 (39.082109, −76.565656),[5] between the eastern shore of the Severn River and northwestern shore of the Magothy River, approximately 17 miles (27 km) south of Baltimore and 39 miles (63 km) east of Washington, D.C. It is bordered to the north by Pasadena, to the east (across the Magothy River) by Lake Shore, to the southeast by Arnold, to the southwest (across the Severn River) by Herald Harbor and Arden on the Severn, and to the west by Gambrills and Millersville.

Severna Park is split by Ritchie Highway (Maryland Route 2), which runs between Baltimore and Annapolis and directly through Severna Park, serving as one of the main thoroughfares in the area. Other main roads include Benfield Road and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard (Maryland Route 648). Interstate 97 runs from Annapolis to Baltimore directly west of Severna Park, passing through Millersville. Severna Park is accessible from I-97 via exit 10 to Benfield Boulevard/Veterans Highway.

Severna Park is served by the Maryland Transit Administration's Route 70.[6] A large portion of the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail also runs through Severna Park. The trail, which is now a bike trail, was originally a rail trail before being converted as part of the East Coast Greenway in 1996. The trail's headquarters are located on Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Severna Park has a total area of 19.3 square miles (50.1 km2), of which 16.5 square miles (42.7 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.4 km2), or 14.76%, is water.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 28,507 people, 9,731 households, and 8,105 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,209.7 inhabitants per square mile (853.2/km2). There were 9,945 housing units at an average density of 770.9 per square mile (297.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.45% White, 3.29% African American, 0.18% Native American, 2.77% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, 1.19% Hispanic or Latino and 0.94% from two or more races.

There were 9,731 households, out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.7% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 13.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.17 people.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate,[10] the median income for a household in the CDP was $106,983, and the median income for a family was $116,246. Males had a median income of $70,742 versus $45,061 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $40,985. About 0.6% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

Local schools[edit]

Public and private schools in Severna Park are:

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Local Historian Reflects on Severna Park's Early History".
  3. ^ Molter, Nelson (1988). Severna Park, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, a history of the area. Annapolis, Maryland: Anchor Printing. p. 39. LCCN 88215981.
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 9/28/09 THROUGH 10/02/09. National Park Service. October 9, 2009.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ N.a. "." 22 May 2017. Web. 12 Aug. 2017.
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Severna Park CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Community Facts". Archived from the original on February 11, 2020. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Hermann, Peter (April 1, 1991). "'WHEEL OF FORTUNE' HOST BUYS SEVERNA PARK HOME". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  12. ^ Sparks, Zach (November 16, 2018). "Golden Achievers: Pat Sajak". Severna Park Voice. Retrieved October 27, 2022.

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