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Chestertown is a town in Kent County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the Chester River.

The latitude of Chestertown is 39.208N. The longitude is -76.066W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,678.


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Median household income
Local
$31,530
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Chestertown demographic reports
Chestertown is on the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay.
Former and merged names include:
· New Town
The town was an early shipbuilding and trading center. Townspeople, chafing under British rule, staged a tea party here in 1774.

Chestertown flourished in the late 1700s as the main tobacco and wheat port along the Eastern Shore.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 35. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 7.5 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2007.
Local festivals include:
  • Kent County Fair - July 19-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Chestertown web sites and events links in the sections below.
Wildlife: Thousands of migrating waterfowl stop at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

Historic sites and museums: Hynson-Ringgold House, Customs House, Geddes-Piper House
Colleges and universities: Washington College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
Chestertown is a sleepy town; after dark, it's almost comatose.
-- Washington Post travel section, July 30, 2000

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Chestertown demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kent County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 21620 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Chestertown residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Chestertown ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Chestertown was $18,769, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

29% of Chestertown residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Chestertown include Chestertown Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Chestertown, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $465.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,063.


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Libraries in Chestertown include Kent County Branch ... View libraries

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Kent County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chestertown political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Chestertown workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Chestertown include Brampton Bed & Breakfast, Comfort Suites Chestertown.

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“ Chestertown is a sleepy town; after dark, it's almost comatose. ”
~ Washington Post travel section, July 30, 2000

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