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Chestertown is a town located in Kent County, Maryland. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 4,746. It is the county seat of Kent County. It is home to Washington College, the first college chartered in the newly independent United States.
Chestertown is located at 39°13'10" North, 76°4'6" West (39.219328, -76.068424)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.3 km² (2.8 mi²). 6.8 km² (2.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.09% water. As of the first US Census in 1790, Chestertown was the geographical center of the nation's population.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 4,746 people, 1,891 households, and 945 families residing in the town. The population density is 702.1/km² (1,818.1/mi²). There are 2,164 housing units at an average density of 320.1/km² (829.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 74.46% White, 21.87% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 1.62% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,891 households out of which 18.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.8% are married couples living together, 14.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 50.0% are non-families. 41.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.96 and the average family size is 2.61.
In the town the population is spread out with 13.4% under the age of 18, 25.6% from 18 to 24, 18.5% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 75.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 71.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $31,530, and the median income for a family is $40,960. Males have a median income of $27,283 versus $25,513 for females. The per capita income for the town is $18,769. 18.5% of the population and 12.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 26.2% of those under the age of 18 and 13.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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