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Arbutus, Maryland
Downtown Arbutus
Downtown Arbutus
Location of Arbutus, Maryland
Location of Arbutus, Maryland
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Flag of Baltimore County, Maryland.svg Baltimore
Established August 18, 1896
 • Total 6.53 sq mi (16.91 km2)
 • Land 6.53 sq mi (16.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
151 ft (46 m)
 • Total 21,655
 • Density 3,318.27/sq mi (1,281.21/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 410
FIPS code 24-01975
GNIS feature ID 0589649

Arbutus is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. The population was 20,483 at the 2010 census. The census area also contains the communities of Halethorpe and Relay, in which all three names were used during the 1960 census when the area had a population of 22,402.


Arbutus is located at 39°14′40″N 76°41′38″W / 39.24444°N 76.69389°W / 39.24444; -76.69389 (39.244406, -76.693928).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.5 square miles (17 km2), all of it land.

Herbert Run, a stream, runs through Arbutus and surrounding areas.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 22,402
1970 22,745 1.5%
1980 20,163 −11.4%
1990 19,750 −2.0%
2000 20,116 1.9%
2010 20,483 1.8%
2020 21,655 5.7%

As of the 2010 census Arbutus had a population of 20,483. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 76.6% non-Hispanic white, 9.5% non-Hispanic black, 0.2% Native American, 2.1% Asian Indian, 6.5% other Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% non-Hispanic from some other race, 2.3% from two or more races and 2.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,116 people, 8,120 households, and 5,204 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,093.8 people per square mile (1,194.9/km2). There were 8,380 housing units at an average density of 1,288.8 per square mile (497.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.21% White, 6.27% African American, 0.28% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.

There were 8,120 households, out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,792, and the median income for a family was $54,003. Males had a median income of $37,766 versus $29,129 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,456. About 4.5% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable attractions

  • Arbutus Oak, a large white oak tree east of Arbutus in the middle of the I-95/I-695 interchange
  • Conservation and Environmental Research Areas of UMBC, a research forest park utilized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Guinness Open Gate Brewery, the first Guinness brewery opened in the United States in the historic Calvert Distillery
  • Patapsco Valley State Park, a large state park along the Patapsco River
  • Relay, a historic neighborhood south of Arbutus with examples of Victorian architecture
  • Thomas Viaduct, a railroad bridge over the Patapsco River that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.


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Primary and secondary schools are operated by Baltimore County Public Schools.

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