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Rosedale, a community northeast of the city of Baltimore, was a farming community from the time of the first settlers until suburban development began after World War II. US Route 40, which runs through the community, carried George Washington to New York in 1789 where he was inaugurated our first president.
The origin of the name Rosedale is not documented with certainty. However, a 1950 fourth grade class was told to interview family and friends about the history of the Rosedale community. From that activity came an explanation.
There was a young Englishman who had a farm on Hamilton Avenue just above Philadelphia Road which was covered with beautiful roses. Since his name was Dale and since the roses were so lovely, they felt that Rosedale would be an appropriate name.
The area was settled by many German and Polish immigrants in the latter part of the nineteenth century. An article written in 1940 on the occasion of their 59th wedding anniversary tells the story of one long-time farming family in the area.
Charles Schatzschneider was born in Germany in 1859 and came to Rosedale to do farm labor at age 13. He and his wife raised 15 children and saw the area grow from a wilderness to what they saw as a highly developed community with gas and electric lighting, water and sewerage systems and paved streets. The new electric trains which whizzed past their farm were a wonder to them.
When they came to the area, great three-masted schooners could sail all the way up Back River to the heading. Apparently in 1940, you could hardly get through in a rowboat.
The first school, a wooden building with only two rooms, was on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Philadelphia Road. In 1950 it was a fire house and hall.
Source: Rosedale Library
Rosedale is located at 39°19'42" North, 76°30'40" West (39.328307, -76.511100).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 19,199 people, 7,272 households, and 5,330 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 1,077.4/km² (2,790.2/mi²). There are 7,518 housing units at an average density of 421.9/km² (1,092.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 74.71% White, 21.20% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.91% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.39% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 7,272 households out of which 30.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% are married couples living together, 14.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% are non-families. 21.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.07.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $47,801, and the median income for a family is $52,925. Males have a median income of $36,218 versus $29,278 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $20,243. 5.4% of the population and 3.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.6% of those under the age of 18 and 5.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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