Harford County is located in northeastern Maryland. It borders Pennsylvania on the north and the Chesapeake Bay on the south. Harford County is between the hills of the Piedmont Plateau and the flatlands of the Atlantic Coastal Plain along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The county is a mix of rural and suburban areas, with denser development in the larger towns of Aberdeen and Bel Air and along Route 40 and other major arteries leading out of Baltimore, which is to the southwest.
As of 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population for Harford County was 250,025, with 93,358 households. The county’s total area is 527 square miles, including 90 square miles of water.
The racial makeup of the county was 81.2% white, 12.7% black or African American and 2.4% Asian, according to the 2010 census. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population. Of the county’s households, 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, and 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present.
The median income for a household in the county was $77,010, and the median income for a family was $88,370; the per capita income for the county was $33,559. Nationwide in the 2010 census, the median household income was $50,502. About 4% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Havre de Grace is the county’s largest city, located at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. It is named after the port city of Le Havre, France. During the Revolutionary War, the area was visited several times by General Lafayette, a French aristocrat who came to fight for the colonies and is considered a war hero. He stated the area reminded him of the French seaport of Le Havre, originally been named Le Havre-de-Grâce. Inspired by Lafayette’s comments, the residents incorporated the town as Havre de Grace in 1785.
During the First Congress in 1789, the town was one vote short of being named the capital of the new United States. In 2014, the city was included by Smithsonian magazine as one of America’s 20 best small towns to visit.
The Aberdeen Proving Ground is the county’s largest employer. In 2014 it had nearly 17,000 employees. It’s the U.S. Army’s oldest active proving ground, established in 1917, and it covers 72,500 acres. It was originally used as a place to test military equipment, and its location was chosen due to its proximity to industrial areas. Training for military artillery there started in 1918. Its current role for the Army is research, training and testing.
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