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Fort Meade, Maryland
Census-designated place
Location of Fort Meade, Maryland
Location of Fort Meade, Maryland
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Flag of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.png Anne Arundel
Named for George Meade
 • Total 8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Land 8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 180 ft (50 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,327
 • Density 1,152/sq mi (444.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20755
Area code(s) 410
FIPS code 24-29400

Fort Meade is a census-designated place (CDP) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. The population was 9,327 at the 2010 census. It is the home to the National Security Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency, which are located on the US Army post Fort George G. Meade.


Fort Meade is located at 39°6′18″N 76°44′29″W / 39.105°N 76.74139°W / 39.105; -76.74139 (39.105015, −76.741260) in northwestern Anne Arundel County. It is located between the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is located approximately 20 minutes from the state capital of Annapolis. It is bounded on the northwest by the Baltimore–Washington Parkway (Maryland Route 295) and on the south and southwest by the Patuxent Freeway (Maryland Route 32), which leads southeast towards Annapolis and northwest to Columbia.

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The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fort Meade has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,882 people, 2,432 households, and 2,307 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,500.5 people per square mile (579.0/km²). There were 2,813 housing units at an average density of 427.1/sq mi (164.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 62.46% White, 25.21% African American, 0.46% Native American, 2.98% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 3.58% from other races, and 5.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.55% of the population.

There were 2,432 households out of which 78.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 5.1% were non-families. 4.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.48 and the average family size was 3.58.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 38.9% under the age of 18, 16.8% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 3.7% from 45 to 64, and 0.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 110.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,661, and the median income for a family was $40,491. Males had a median income of $27,474 versus $22,165 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,466. About 4.7% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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