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Clear Spring, Maryland
Cumberland Street in Clear Spring, 2010
Cumberland Street in Clear Spring, 2010
Location of Clear Spring, Maryland
Location of Clear Spring, Maryland
Country United States
State Maryland
County Washington
Incorporated 1836
 • Total 0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
 • Land 0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
571 ft (174 m)
 • Total 372
 • Density 3,234.78/sq mi (1,250.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 301, 240
FIPS code 24-17600
GNIS feature ID 0589986

Clear Spring is a town in Washington County, Maryland, United States. The population was 358 at the 2010 census.


The Joseph Fiery House, Wilson School, Rufus Wilson Complex, and Plumb Grove are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Clear Spring is located at 39°39′22″N 77°55′51″W / 39.65611°N 77.93083°W / 39.65611; -77.93083 (39.656011, -77.930828).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2), all of it land.

The town is situated at the eastern base of Fairview Mountain, along U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 70. The area is underlain by Conococheague limestone. The spring for which the town is named is the only local source of ground water, from which the local run, Tom's Run, receives its volume.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 702
1880 721 2.7%
1900 474
1910 521 9.9%
1920 538 3.3%
1930 539 0.2%
1940 500 −7.2%
1950 558 11.6%
1960 488 −12.5%
1970 499 2.3%
1980 477 −4.4%
1990 415 −13.0%
2000 455 9.6%
2010 358 −21.3%
2020 372 3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 358 people, 157 households, and 88 families living in the town. The population density was 3,254.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,256.6/km2). There were 189 housing units at an average density of 1,718.2 per square mile (663.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 157 households, of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.9% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the town was 42.3 years. 19.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.


Clear Spring is the home of Clear Spring High School with a student population of 415, which hosts the home field of the Blazers. Clear Spring High School houses Washington County Public Schools' Academy of Agricultural and Environmental Science, a program available to any student enrolled in Washington County Public Schools regardless of their home district.


The primary means of travel to and from Clear Spring are by road. U.S. Route 40 is the main highway directly serving the town, serving as the town's main street. US 40 continues westward towards Hancock and eastward to Hagerstown. Maryland Route 68 is the other state highway serving the town. MD 68 reaches its western terminus at US 40 in Clear Spring, and heads eastward towards Williamsport. MD 68 also has an interchange with Interstate 70, the primary long-distance highway serving the region around Clear Spring, just south of the town limits. I-70 heads east to Baltimore and west to the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

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