Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
|City nickname: "America's Sailing Capital"|
|Mayor||Ellen O. Moyer (Dem)|
19.7 km² (7.6 mi²)
2.3 km² (0.9 mi²) 11.7%
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5|
- Annapolis redirects here. There is also Annapolis, Missouri, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Annapolis (electoral district)
Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, a state of the United States of America. It is the closest state capital to Washington, DC. As of the 2000 census, its population is 35,838. It is the county seat of Anne Arundel County. The city is a part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. It is home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John's College.
First named Providence by the original Puritan settlers, the town was renamed Anne Arundel's Towne after the wife of Lord Baltimore. It was only in 1708 when Sir Francis Nicholson moved the capital of the royal colony there, that the town received the name which is holds today, Annapolis, named for Queen Anne, soon to be the monarch of all of Great Britain. After several decades as a wealthy seaport, Annapolis became the temporary capital of the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
The Maryland state house is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the union and it is topped by the largest wooden dome built without nails in the nation. It was in the Maryland state house that George Washington famously resigned his commission in the army. This building housed the workings of the government from 1783 to 1784. George Washington, who had argued vigorously for Annapolis to become the permanent home to the United States Capitol, had a strong attachment to the Maryland State house and instructed Pierre L'Enfant to model the dome of the Capitol building in Washington DC after it.
Annapolis is located at 38°58'23" North, 76°30'4" West (38.972945, -76.501157).
The city is a part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, and is relatively flat. The climate is mild subtropical, with hot summers and mild winters.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 35,838 people, 15,303 households, and 8,676 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,056.0/km² (5,326.0/mi²). There are 16,165 housing units at an average density of 927.4/km² (2,402.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 62.66% White, 31.44% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.22% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 6.42% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 15,303 households out of which 24.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% are married couples living together, 16.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% are non-families. 32.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.93.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $49,243, and the median income for a family is $56,984. Males have a median income of $39,548 versus $30,741 for females. The per capita income for the city is $27,180. 12.7% of the population and 9.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.8% of those under the age of 18 and 10.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Annapolis is the birthplace of James M. Cain.
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details