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Emmitsburg, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Town of Emmitsburg had a population of 2,996 as of July 1, 2020. Emmitsburg ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maryland. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Emmitsburg is located at latitude 39.7045 and longitude -77.3269 in Frederick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Emmitsburg encompass a land area of 1.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Frederick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 436 feet.

The Town of Emmitsburg (GNIS ID: 2390171) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Emmitsburg is located within District 5, Emmitsburg, a minor civil division (MCD) of Frederick County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Emmitsburg: Carrollsburg, Emmetsburg, Emmettsburgh, Poplar Fields, Silver Fancy, Silver Field.


Emmitsburg, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 2,996 (100%)
Population in Households 2,855 (95.3%)
Population in Families 2,319 (77.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 141 ( 4.7%)
Population Density 1,994
Diversity Index2 21


Median Household Income $64,986
Average Household Income $88,320
% of Income for Mortgage4 18%
Per Capita Income $32,218
Wealth Index5 84


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,143 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 689 (60.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 379 (33.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 75 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $281,197
Average Home Value $320,349
Housing Affordability Index3 128


Total Households 1,068
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 715
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.61% 0.61%
Households 0.67% 0.68%
Families 0.64% 0.53%
Median Household Income   1.88%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
Owner Occupied HU   0.83%


Emmitsburg, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Emmitsburg to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 238 54th
Population Density # 192 63rd
Median Household Income # 346 33rd
Housing Affordability Index # 120 23rd
Per Capita Income # 337 35th
Diversity Index # 399 23rd

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