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{{Infobox settlement | name = Luke, Maryland | settlement_type = Town | nickname = | motto = | image_skyline = City Building - Luke, MD.jpg | imagesize = | image_caption = City Building in January 2014 | image_flag = | image_seal = | image_map = Allegany_County_Maryland_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Luke_Highlighted.svg | mapsize = 250x200px | map_caption = Location of Luke within Allegany County | image_map1 = | mapsize1 = | map_caption1 = | pushpin_map = Maryland#USA | pushpin_map_caption = Location of Luke within Maryland | pushpin_label = Luke | subdivision_type = Country | subdivision_name =  United States | subdivision_type1 = State | subdivision_name1 =  Maryland | subdivision_type2 = County | subdivision_name2 = Flag of Allegany County, Maryland.png Allegany | government_footnotes = | government_type = | leader_party = R | leader_title = Mayor | leader_name = Edward E. Clemons, Jr. | established_title = Incorporated | established_date = 1922

| unit_pref = Imperial | area_footnotes = | area_magnitude = | area_total_km2 = 0.79 | area_land_km2 = 0.69 | area_water_km2 = 0.10 | area_total_sq_mi = 0.31 | area_land_sq_mi = 0.27 | area_water_sq_mi = 0.04

| population_as_of = 2020 | population_est = | pop_est_as_of = | population_footnotes = | population_total = 85 . Luke was also home of an automobile manufacturing plant where the Maryland Steamer was produced as well as a post card factory.

With Luke's growth came citizens' concerns about educational and social issues. Schooling in private homes and business buildings was relocated to a two-room schoolhouse. Growing enrollment in the first through eighth grades brought about construction of a fine new school that opened in September, 1913. It served the town well for forty-six years, sending well educated students off to Bruce High School in Westernport. When the school closed in 1959, the building was converted for use as the town's administrative offices—the City Building.

Luke is home to the Luke Paper Company, previously the Westvaco Corporation and West Virginia Pulp and Paper Mill. The mill has over a 200 million dollar economic impact on the local economy and supports the coal and rail industry as well as the trucking industry, all part of the Town of Luke's overall partnership with the mill to help the community grow. Luke is located along the Potomac River basin at the foot of Backbone Mountain and is home to the largest private employer in Allegany County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed the paper plant as one of the largest polluters of mercury in Maryland. In 2007, the paper plant voluntarily installed $30 million worth of pollution control equipment to reduce mercury releases. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin.

In January 2015, Verso Corporation completed acquisition of NewPage, which had previously owned the Luke Paper Company.

Geography

Luke sits on the inside of a bend in the Potomac between Westernport and Bloomington, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), of which, 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,064
1940 988 −7.1%
1950 820 −17.0%
1960 587 −28.4%
1970 424 −27.8%
1980 329 −22.4%
1990 184 −44.1%
2000 80 −56.5%
2010 65 −18.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 65 people, 33 households, and 18 families residing in the town. The population density was 240.7 inhabitants per square mile (92.9/km2). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 225.9 per square mile (87.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.

There were 33 households, of which 15.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.5% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 27.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88 and the average family size was 2.44.

The median age in the town was 48.5 years. 15.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.6% were from 45 to 64; and 33.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.8% male and 46.2% female.

2020 census

The 2020 census identified Luke as having a population of 85 people, 84 of whom were White alone, and 1 White and Hispanic/Latino. Housing units numbered 47, with 35 (74.5%) occupied and 12 vacant. 18 residents (21.2%) were under the age of 18.

Transportation

2019-05-17 16 20 47 View west along Maryland State Route 135 (Pratt Street) at Grant Street in Luke, Allegany County, Maryland
MD 135 westbound in Luke

The primary means of travel to and from Luke are by road. The only state highway serving the town is Pratt Street (Maryland Route 135), which heads eastward to U.S. Route 220 by way of Westernport, and westward to U.S. Route 219 by way of Oakland. A bridge across the North Branch Potomac River connects MD 135 to West Virginia Route 46.

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