Aberdeen, Maryland

Aberdeen is a city located in Harford County, Maryland, 26 miles (42 km) northeast of Baltimore.[4] The population was 14,959 at the 2010 United States Census. Aberdeen is the largest municipality in Harford County.

Aberdeen is part of the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is the 20th-largest United States metropolitan area. The nearest city to Aberdeen is Havre de Grace, Maryland, 4.8 miles (7.7 km) to the northeast.

City of Aberdeen
Bel Air Avenue in downtown Aberdeen.
Bel Air Avenue in downtown Aberdeen.
"All America City"
"The Future of Harford!"
Location in Harford County, Maryland
Aberdeen is located in Maryland
Aberdeen is located in the United States
Aberdeen (the United States)
Aberdeen is located in North America
Aberdeen (North America)
Coordinates: 39°30′37″N 76°10′9″W / 39.51028°N 76.16917°WCoordinates: 39°30′37″N 76°10′9″W / 39.51028°N 76.16917°W
Country United States
State Maryland
County Harford
 • MayorPatrick McGrady
 • Total6.49 sq mi (16.80 km2)
 • Land6.48 sq mi (16.78 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • Total14,959
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,477.08/sq mi (956.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)410
FIPS code24-00125
GNIS feature ID0582854
WebsiteOfficial Website


Aberdeen was named after Aberdeen, Scotland, by immigrating Scots.

The James B. Baker House, Chestnut Ridge, Griffith House, Poplar Hill, Sophia's Dairy, and Swansbury are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Early Settlements

Aberdeen began as a farming community in 1720, when Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore, granted 1,140 acres of fertile land to Edward Hall. Located on the western edge of the Chesapeake on the main road between Alexandria and Philadelphia called the Old Post Road, the village at Halls Cross Road remained small until the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad scouted the area for a watering station in 1835. One of the railroad companies engineers was Edmund Law Rogers who saw the great potential in the place for development.

The Village of Aberdeen

The Village of Aberdeen was a development by Edmund Law Rogers around 1800.[4] The name originated from its mother city, Aberdeen, Scotland, as a result of the close relationship the Rogers family of Baltimore had with their cousin, the Earl of Aberdeen, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1852.[6] The area now known as Aberdeen is a cluster of three communities[7][8]

The Town of Aberdeen

In 1892, Aberdeen was incorporated as a Town, under Chapter 136 of the Acts of 1892.[12]

The Town Board of Commissioners

Upon incorporation as a Town, Aberdeen government was led by a board of commissioners.[13]

  • 1892–1905, a Board President was elected annually by the commissioners
  • 1906–1954, this election was changed to be biennial
  • 1955–1992, the election of a Board President was changed back to be annual

In 1992, the Town of Aberdeen revised the Charter and became the City of Aberdeen with an Elected Mayor. The first Mayor of the City of Aberdeen was Ruth Elliot. The second Mayor was Doug Wilson, and Fred Simmons was elected Mayor in 2005. Michael Bennett served as Mayor from 2007-2015. In 2015, Patrick McGrady was elected Mayor of Aberdeen and is currently serving a 4-year term.

Presidents – Aberdeen Board of Commissioners

  • 1892–1894 Charles W. Baker
  • 1894–1896 George Walker
  • 1896–1899 John Finney Wells
  • 1899–1900 George H. Irvins
  • 1900–1905 John Finney Wells
  • 1905–1906 James A. Wiles
  • 1906–1908 John Finney Wells
  • 1908–1914 C. H. Johnson
  • 1914–1916 None listed
  • 1916–1950 Frank E. Baker
  • 1950–1952 J. Wilmer Cronin
  • 1952–1954 Charles J. Kelly
  • 1954–1955 Clark D. Connellee
  • 1955–1956 J. Wilmer Cronin
  • 1956–1958 R. Lee Mitchell
  • 1958–1959 Robert P. Atkins
  • 1959–1964 George B. Adams, Jr.
  • 1964–1965 Robert H. Krieger
  • 1965–1967 William Cooper, Jr.
  • 1967–1968 Warren Parrish
  • 1968–1969 John A. Feroll
  • 1969–1970 William Cooper, Jr.
  • 1970–1971 Warren Parrish
  • 1971–1972 Alphonse Demarco
  • 1972–1974 George B. Adams, Jr.
  • 1974–1975 William B. Hause
  • 1975–1977 Kent F. Stewart
  • 1977–1978 William B. Hause
  • 1978–1979 Jerry A. Nolan
  • 1979–1980 William Cooper, Jr.
  • 1980–1981 Raymond H. Warfield
  • 1981–1986 Ronald Kupferman
  • 1986–1987 Raymond H. Warfield
  • 1987–1992 George J. Englesson

The City of Aberdeen

In 1992, the 100th anniversary year of Aberdeen becoming a Town, Aberdeen incorporated as the City it is today.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.81 square miles (17.64 km2), of which, 6.80 square miles (17.61 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[14]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Aberdeen has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[15]


B.&.O. Railroad Station

The B.&.O. Aberdeen Station is a historic train station in downtown Aberdeen. It was designed by Frank Furness and built in 1885 by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The Historical Society of Harford County is currently in search of funding to save the station from being demolished.

Ripken Stadium

Ripken Stadium is home the of the Aberdeen IronBirds and located at Maryland Route 22.

Aberdeen Festival Park

Aberdeen Festival Park

Aberdeen Festival Park is located in the heart of downtown on North Parke Street in Aberdeen. It is home to many city events such as the Aberdeen Farmers Market. It has an outside field, a playground and is home to the APG Memorial.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201716,049[3]7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

2000 census

As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 13,842 people, 5,475 households, and 3,712 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,166.2 people per square mile (836.4/km²). There were 5,894 housing units at an average density of 922.4 per square mile (356.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.90% White, 27.38% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.

There were 5,475 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,190, and the median income for a family was $48,357. Males had a median income of $32,783 versus $26,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,940. About 9.0% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 14,959 people, 5,801 households, and 3,897 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,199.9 inhabitants per square mile (849.4/km2). There were 6,191 housing units at an average density of 910.4 per square mile (351.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 58.9% White, 30.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 5.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 5,801 households of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.


The city of Aberdeen is located on the old Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad which is now operated by CSX. The new Aberdeen station is located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor main line is served by Amtrak Northeast Regional, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Penn Line trains and local buses. Located just south of the East Coast Greenway, the city has access to a walking and biking trail network linking the major cities along the U.S. east coast.

Local transportation

The city of Aberdeen is part of the Harford Transit LINK public bus system. Routes 1 (Green Line), 2 (Blue Line), 3 (Silver Line) and 5 (Teal Line) connect Aberdeen with Havre de Grace, Bel Air, Edgewood, Joppatowne and Perryville. Route 4 (Yellow Line) is the Aberdeen Circulator which services the different neighborhoods within the city of Aberdeen.


Since its incorporation as a city, Aberdeen has had a council-manager form of government.[18] The Mayor and Council are elected to four-year terms in November, with terms beginning in November. The Mayor and Council define policy and appoint the City Manager who may be dismissed at any time, by vote of the Council. The City Manager, with the approval of the Council, appoints all officers and department heads who may be dismissed for cause by action of the City Manager.

Mayors of Aberdeen

  • Ruth Elliott, 1992–1994
  • Charles R. Boutin, 1994–1998
  • Douglas S. Wilson, 1998–2005
  • S. Fred Simmons, 2005–2007
  • Michael E. Bennett, 2007–2015
  • Patrick McGrady, 2015–present

Aberdeen City Council

The current Council[19] members were elected by Voters to 4-year terms beginning in November 2011. Their terms expire in 2015.

  • Patrick L. McGrady, Mayor
  • Steve Goodin, Councilman
  • Sandra Landbeck, Councilwoman
  • Timothy Lindecamp, Councilman
  • Melvin Taylor, Councilman

Aberdeen City Manager

Randy Robertson July 1, 2016- Current Douglas R. Miller, City Manager 2007-2015

Harford County Council

Council District E

  • Patrick Vincenti[20] (Republican)

Maryland General Assembly

State Senate, District 34A

House of Delegates, District 34A

Congressional Delegation

US Senate

US House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen is home to the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The proving ground was established by Act of Congress and came into operation in January 1918. APG is headquarters of the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). The proving ground occupies more than 72,500 acres (293 km2) in Harford County. More than 7,500 civilians and 5,000 military personnel work at APG.

Notable people

Aberdeen IronBirds

Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Billy are owners of the Aberdeen IronBirds minor league baseball team, which plays at Ripken Stadium.


Aberdeen's local radio station is WAMD, broadcasting at 970 on the AM dial. Local newspaper coverage is provided by Harford County publications The Aegis and The Record. Electronic media covering Aberdeen issues is Aberdeen Patch and The Dagger Press (electronic)

Aberdeen is served by Baltimore television stations.


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  6. ^ [Plat of Aberdeen, Edmund Law Rogers. 1852]
  7. ^ a b The Aberdeen Room – Exhibits – Aberdeen: Its Three Components
  8. ^ Harford County, MDGenWeb – Aberdeen
  9. ^ Historical Marker DataBase – Halls' Cross Roads
  10. ^ Historic Tour of Hall's Cross Roads
  11. ^ Mechanicsville (historical) in Harford County, MD
  12. ^ Aberdeen Municipality, Harford County, Maryland
  13. ^ Aberdeen Board Presidents and Mayors
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  15. ^ Climate Summary for Aberdeen, Maryland
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  18. ^ Aberdeen City Government Archived April 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Aberdeen City Council Archived May 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Harford County Council District E Archived October 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Maryland State Senator Bob Cassilly
  22. ^ Glen Glass, Maryland State Delegate
  23. ^ Mary Ann Lisanti, Maryland House of Delegates District 34A
  24. ^ Benjamin L. Cardin, United States Senator for Maryland
  25. ^ Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger Representing Maryland's 2nd District
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External links

2016 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2016 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland from May 26 through May 29. The event, held at the end of the conference regular season, determined the champion of the Big East Conference for the 2016 season. Xavier won the double-elimination tournament and received the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Aberdeen High School (Maryland)

Aberdeen High School is a public high school in Aberdeen, Maryland.

The school is a part of the Harford County Public Schools.

Aberdeen IronBirds

The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York–Penn League and are based in the city of Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland.

The team is currently owned by retired Oriole Cal Ripken, Jr.. Ripken Jr. purchased the team, then known as the Utica Blue Sox, and moved them to his hometown of Aberdeen in time for the 2002 season. The IronBirds play their home games at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, which is visible from I-95. On August 16, 2006, the IronBirds played host to the New York–Penn League All-Star Game. Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium was also used for the Cal Ripken World Series in 2003 and 2004, forcing the team to go on extended road trips, 20 or more games, during the youth competition. The Cal Ripken World Series moved across the street to Cal Sr.'s Yard in 2005.

The name "IronBirds" was chosen for two reasons: Cal Ripken's "Ironman" streak of 2,632 consecutive baseball games played and the team's affiliation with the Orioles (the Baltimore team is often referred to as "The Birds"). The former team logo featured a silver airplane marked with Ripken's number 8, which also refers to the nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army installation.

The team mascots are gray birds named Ferrous and Ripcord.

The record of most RBIs in a single month was set by Robbie Widlansky in July 2008.

On August 26, 2013, Conor Bierfeldt hit his 12th home run of the season, setting a new IronBirds single-season record. He broke the previous record held by David Anderson set in the 2010 season.

On September 2, 2013, The IronBirds clinched their first McNamara Division Title.

Aberdeen Police Department (Maryland)

The Aberdeen Police Department (APD) is the primary police agency servicing a population of 14,130 within 6.4 square miles (17 km2) of the municipality of Aberdeen, Maryland.

Aberdeen Proving Ground

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) (sometimes erroneously called Aberdeen Proving Grounds) is a United States Army facility located adjacent to Aberdeen, Maryland (in Harford County). Part of the facility is a census-designated place (CDP), which had a population of 3,116 at the 2000 census, and 2,093 at the 2010 census.

Aberdeen shooting

On September 20, 2018, three people were shot and killed outside a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, United States. The shooting occurred 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. This was the second mass shooting in Maryland in 2018, following the Capital Gazette shooting.

Aberdeen station (Maryland)

Aberdeen is a train station in Aberdeen, Maryland, on the Northeast Corridor. It is served by Amtrak's Northeast Regional and is served by MARC's Penn Line. It is located at 18 East Bel Air Avenue at the intersection of Pulaski Boulevard (US 40) and West Bel Air Avenue (MD 132).

Billy Ripken

William Oliver Ripken (born December 16, 1964), nicknamed Billy The Kid, is an American former infielder in Major League Baseball from 1987–1998 for the Baltimore Orioles (1987–92, '96), Texas Rangers (1993–94, '97), Cleveland Indians (1995), and Detroit Tigers (1998). During his career, he batted and threw right-handed. He is the younger brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.. He currently serves as a radio host for XM Satellite Radio and a studio analyst for MLB Network.

Born in Maryland, Ripken grew up traveling around the United States as his father, Cal Ripken Sr., was a player and coach in the Orioles' organization. After attending Aberdeen High School, Ripken was drafted by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 1982 MLB draft. He reached the major leagues in 1987, creating the first situation in baseball history that a father had managed two sons on the same team, as his brother played for the Orioles and his father, Cal Ripken Sr., managed the team. Ripken was a light hitter better known for his fielding skills, although he led the Orioles in batting average with a .291 mark in 1990. He served as their starting second baseman most of his first stint with the team. After the Orioles released him following the 1992 campaign, he played with four other teams (including the Orioles in 1996), serving mostly as a utility infielder and never holding a starting role for very long. He played his final game in 1998 for the Detroit Tigers.

Brionna Jones

Brionna Jones (born December 18, 1995) is an American professional women's basketball center formerly with the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and currently with Nadezhda Orenburg of the Russian Premier League. She was drafted with the 8th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Cal Ripken Sr.

Calvin Edwin Ripken (December 17, 1935 – March 25, 1999) was a coach and manager in Major League Baseball who spent 36 years in the Baltimore Orioles organization, also as a player and scout. He played in the Orioles' farm system beginning in 1957, and later served as manager of the parent club, on which his sons Cal Jr. and Billy played.

Born near Aberdeen, Maryland, which he called home throughout his life, Ripken joined the Baltimore Orioles in 1957 as a minor league player. He would spend the next 36 years in the organization, mainly as a coach, with only one season and seven games coming as a manager. As a manager in the minor leagues for 13 years, Ripken won 964 games, and later compiled a 68-101 record managing the Orioles. Several of his students, including Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and most prominently his son Cal Jr., went on to Hall of Fame careers. He was credited for helping sculpt his team's tradition of excellence known as "The Oriole Way."

Diana Pavlac Glyer

Diana Pavlac Glyer (born 21 January 1956 in Aberdeen, Maryland) is a United States author, speaker, and teacher whose work centers on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.

E. J. Henderson

Eric N. "E. J." Henderson (born August 3, 1980) is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Maryland, where he was twice recognized as a consensus All-American.

Erin Henderson

Erin Henderson (born July 1, 1986) is an American football inside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Maryland.

Irv Pankey

Irvin Lee Pankey (born February 15, 1958) is a former American football offensive lineman who played twelve seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Los Angeles Rams. He played tight end and offensive tackle at Penn State and was a team captain in 1979. He attended Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium

Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium is the home of the Aberdeen IronBirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the New York–Penn League. The stadium is located in Aberdeen, Maryland. The 6,300-seat Ripken Stadium held its first game on June 18, 2002. The team has sold out every home game at Ripken Stadium since it began playing there in 2002.The stadium is part of Cal Ripken, Jr.'s Aberdeen Complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland, located just off Interstate 95 at Maryland Route 22. The complex also includes several smaller fields for local youth sports leagues, as well as an adjacent Marriott hotel. The stadium is the closest structure of the complex to the highway, with the right field fence and scoreboard visible from it. The stadium hosts soccer matches as well.

The expansive parking lot of Ripken Stadium is frequently used as a venue for SCCA autocross racing for many racers on the east coast.

Linwood Clark

Linwood Leon Clark (March 21, 1876 – November 18, 1965) was a U.S. Congressman who represented the second Congressional district of the state of Maryland from 1929 to 1931.

Clark was born in Aberdeen, Maryland, and attended the public schools as a youth. He graduated from Milton Academy of Milton, Massachusetts, in 1899, from the American University of Harriman in Harriman, Tennessee, in 1902, and from the law department of the University of Maryland in 1904. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Baltimore, Maryland. He also completed a La Salle Extension University course in railway transportation in 1919.

In 1926, Clark was an unsuccessful candidate for election to U.S. Congress, but two years later was successful, serving one term from March 4, 1929, to March 3, 1931. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930, and resumed the practice of law in Baltimore. He served as judge of the circuit court of Maryland, fifth judicial district from 1935 to 1938. He practiced law in Annapolis, Maryland, where he died in 1965. He is interred in Woodlawn Cemetery of Baltimore.

Michelle Mussman

Michelle Mussman (born August 17, 1972) is a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives from the 56th district. The 56th district includes all or parts of Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Roselle, Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows and Bloomingdale.

Stoney Demonstration Forest

Stoney Demonstration Forest is a state forest located in Aberdeen, Maryland. The forest serves as an educational resource, the main objective of which is to teach silviculture, forest management, and wildlife habitat management practices to students and landowners.

William Addams Reitwiesner

William Addams Reitwiesner (March 8, 1954 – November 12, 2010) was an American genealogist who traced the ancestry of United States political figures, European royalty and celebrities.

Places adjacent to Aberdeen, Maryland
Municipalities and communities of Harford County, Maryland, United States

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