Smith Island, Maryland

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Population in 2010: 276.
Population change since 2000: -24.2%
Males: 157  (57.0%)
Females: 119  (43.0%)
Median resident age:

55.1 years
Maryland median age:

39.0 years

Zip codes: 21824, 21866.

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Estimated median household income in 2019: $34,037 (it was $26,324 in 2000)
Smith Island:

$34,037
MD:

$86,738

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $23,137 (it was $23,996 in 2000)

Smith Island CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $117,030 (it was $55,800 in 2000)
Smith Island:

$117,030
MD:

$332,500

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $146,368; detached houses: $162,218; mobile homes: $93,058
March 2019 cost of living index in Smith Island: 87.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 20.1%
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Ancestries: American (44.7%), English (44.7%), British (10.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 4.45 square miles.

Population density: 62 people per square mile   (very low).

Smith Island, Maryland map

8 residents are foreign born (2.2% Europe).

This place:

2.2%
Maryland:

9.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,052 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $906 (0.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Newport News, VA (67.1 miles , pop. 180,150).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Norfolk, VA (76.0 miles , pop. 234,403).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (148.1 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Crisfield, MD (3.1 miles ),
Tangier, VA (3.2 miles ),
Frenchtown-Rumbly, MD (3.4 miles),
Deal Island, MD (3.7 miles ),
Chance, MD (3.9 miles ),
Fairmount, MD (3.9 miles ),
Dames Quarter, MD (3.9 miles),
Saxis, VA (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 37.97 N, Longitude: 76.02 W

Area code: 410

Distribution of median household income in Smith Island, MD in 2019
Distribution of house value in Smith Island, MD in 2019
Smith Island satellite photo by USGS

Smith Island tourist attractions:

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

7.9%
Maryland:

6.6%
Most common industries in Smith Island, MD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (16.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (15.3%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (9.2%)
  • U. S. Postal service (8.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.1%)
  • Educational services (4.9%)
  • Personal & laundry services (4.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (22.9%)
  • Public administration (19.3%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (13.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.2%)
  • Utilities (6.4%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (6.4%)
  • Construction (5.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • U. S. Postal service (25.9%)
  • Educational services (14.8%)
  • Personal & laundry services (14.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (11.1%)
  • Public administration (11.1%)
  • Truck transportation (11.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (11.1%)
Most common occupations in Smith Island, MD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (28.2%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (8.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.9%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (4.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (42.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.4%)
  • Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (6.4%)
  • Mathematical science occupations (6.4%)
  • Media and communications workers (6.4%)
  • Plant and system operators (6.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (25.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (14.8%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (14.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (11.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (11.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.1%)

Average climate in Smith Island, Maryland

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Smith Island-area historical tornado activity is below Maryland state average. It is 46% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/28/2002, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 43.9 miles away from the Smith Island place center killed 3 people and injured 122 people and caused $124 million in damages.

On 4/28/2002, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 28.6 miles away from the place center caused $150,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Smith Island-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Maryland state average. It is 63% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 104.5 miles away from Smith Island center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 106.0 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 106.1 miles away from Smith Island center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:18, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 114.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 163.3 miles away from the city center
On 1/15/2019 at 23:30:48, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 172.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (11) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 7, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Smith Island topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Smith Island:

  • EDWARD MCCREADY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 10 miles away; CRISFIELD, MD)
  • ALICE BYRD TAWES NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; CRISFIELD, MD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Smith Island:

  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (about 25 miles; Princess Anne, MD; Full-time enrollment: 3,902)
  • Salisbury University (about 35 miles; Salisbury, MD; FT enrollment: 8,375)
  • Wor-Wic Community College (about 40 miles; Salisbury, MD; FT enrollment: 2,256)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Owens (about 61 miles; Georgetown, DE; FT enrollment: 3,159)
  • College of William and Mary (about 62 miles; Williamsburg, VA; FT enrollment: 7,617)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (about 67 miles; Hampton, VA; FT enrollment: 7,056)
  • College of Southern Maryland (about 68 miles; La Plata, MD; FT enrollment: 5,775)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Smith Island: Wading Place (A), Tylerton Fire Department Station 7 (B), Ewell Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Smith Island include: Calvary Church (A), Ewell United Methodist Church (B), Union United Methodist Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Great Pond (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Somerset County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.0 people
Maryland:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

65.0%
Whole state:

67.1%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.4%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.5% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Smith Island:

Marital status in Smith Island, MD
  • Never married: 4.5%
  • Now married: 86.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 4.3%

For population 25 years and over in Smith Island:

  • High school or higher: 86.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Maryland average:

12.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Smith Island, MD (based on Somerset County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,75737
Evangelical Protestant1,71015
Black Protestant2872
Catholic851
Other531
None20,578-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Here:

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

3.82 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

3.44 / 10,000 pop.
Maryland:

5.40 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.6%
Maryland:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

35.4%
State:

26.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.4%
Maryland:

15.5%

6.46% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($33,632 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.46%
Maryland average:

6.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Wicomico County, MD  2.57% ($31,346 average AGI)
from Worcester County, MD  0.63% ($26,500)
from Sussex County, DE  0.36% ($25,769)


6.55% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($34,160 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.55%
Maryland average:

7.35%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Wicomico County, MD  3.26% ($33,435 average AGI)
to Worcester County, MD  0.42% ($29,935)

Strongest AM radio stations in Smith Island:

  • WWGB (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; INDIAN HEAD, MD; Owner: GOOD BODY MEDIA, LLC)
  • WTAR (850 AM; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: SINCLAIR COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WBIS (1190 AM; 50 kW; ANNAPOLIS, MD; Owner: NATIONS RADIO, LLC)
  • WCKO (1110 AM; daytime; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: WORD BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WTGM (960 AM; 10 kW; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTEM (980 AM; 50 kW; WASHINGTON, DC; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WRVA (1140 AM; 50 kW; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WESR (1330 AM; 5 kW; ONLEY-ONANCOCK, VA; Owner: EASTERN SHORE RADIO, INC.)
  • WRJR (670 AM; 20 kW; CLAREMONT, VA; Owner: CHESAPEAKE-PORTSMOUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WPGC (1580 AM; 50 kW; MORNINGSIDE, MD; Owner: INFINITY WPGC(AM), INC.)
  • WPTX (1690 AM; 10 kW; LEXINGTON PARK, MD; Owner: SOMAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBAL (1090 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: HEARST RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Smith Island:

  • WBEY (96.9 FM; CRISFIELD, MD; Owner: BAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WOLC (102.5 FM; PRINCESS ANNE, MD; Owner: MARANATHA, INC.)
  • WXMD (92.5 FM; POCOMOKE CITY, MD; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WESM (91.3 FM; PRINCESS ANNE, MD; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE)
  • WNDJ (104.9 FM; WHITE STONE, VA; Owner: WINDMILL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WVES (99.3 FM; ACCOMAC, VA; Owner: CHINCOTEAGUE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKHI (107.5 FM; FRUITLAND, MD; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)

TV broadcast stations around Smith Island:

  • WMDT (Channel 47; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCAST SERVICE GENERAL PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBOC-TV (Channel 16; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: WBOC, INC.)
  • WPMC-CA (Channel 36; MAPPSVILLE, VA; Owner: WAVY BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 13ft / 4.5mTotal length
  • $592,000Total costs
  • 86Total average daily traffic
  • 4Total average daily truck traffic
  • 118Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

6
  • Dan Gonzalez, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: 38.7, Overall height: 36.5 m, Registrant: Verizon Mayrland Inc., Dan.Gonzalez@verizon.Com, , 152092 Irvin-g, Phone: (972) 718-4599
  • Alan A Hunter, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: 38.7, Overall height: 36.5 m, Registrant: Verizon Virginia Inc., Alan.A.Hunter@verizon.Com, , 152210 Irvin-g, Phone: (972) 718-1058
  • Dan Gonzalez, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: 38.7, Overall height: 36.5 m, Registrant: Verizon Mayrland Inc., Dan.Gonzalez@verizon.Com, , 152092 Irvin-g, Phone: (972) 718-4599
  • Dan Gonzalez, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: 38.7, Overall height: 36.5 m, Registrant: Verizon Maryland Inc., Dan.Gonzalez@verizon.Com, , 152092 Irvin-g, Phone: (972) 718-4599
  • April Yalenezian, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: 38.7, Structure height: 24039 m, Overall height: 36.5 m, Registrant: Verizon Maryland LLC, April.L.Yalenezian@verizon.Com, , New B-edford, Phone: (617) 733-1049
  • April Yalenezian, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: 38.7, Structure height: 24039 m, Overall height: 36.5 m, Registrant: Verizon Maryland LLC, April.L.Yalenezian@verizon.Com, , Wareh-am, Phone: (617) 733-1049

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • SMITH ISLE, Near Ewell, Md. (Lat: 37.995833 Lon: -76.032139), Type: Mast, Structure height: 36.5 m, Overall height: 38.7 m, Call Sign: KGO35,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6256.54 MHz, Grant Date: 03/02/2021, Expiration Date: 02/01/2031, Certifier: William H Johnson, Registrant: Verizon Maryland LLC, 1300 I St., Nw, Suite 500e, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: (617) 733-1049, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Smith Island, MD
  • 80.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 19.7%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Smith Island, MD
  • 100.0%Electricity


Smith Island compared to Maryland state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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