kids encyclopedia robot

Snow Hill, Maryland facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Snow Hill, Maryland
Snow Hill business center (2008).jpg
Location in Worcester County and the state of Maryland
Location in Worcester County and the state of Maryland
Lua error in Module:Location_map at line 412: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
Coordinates: 38°10′30″N 75°23′27″W / 38.17500°N 75.39083°W / 38.17500; -75.39083Coordinates: 38°10′30″N 75°23′27″W / 38.17500°N 75.39083°W / 38.17500; -75.39083
Country United States
State Maryland
County Worcester
Incorporated 1812
 • Total 3.14 sq mi (8.13 km2)
 • Land 3.03 sq mi (7.85 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total 2,048
 • Estimate 
 • Density 676.34/sq mi (261.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 410, 443
FIPS code 24-73075
GNIS feature ID 0587416

Snow Hill is a town and the county seat of Worcester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 2,103 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Snow Hill was founded in 1686 in Somerset County by English settlers who may have named it after a street and neighborhood of the City of London called "Snow Hill". The town received its first charter on the October 26, 1686, and was made a port of entry in 1694.

In 1742, Worcester County was carved out of the eastern half of old Somerset County and Snow Hill, centrally located in the new county and at the head of navigation on the Pocomoke River, was made the county seat.

Major fires in 1844 and 1893 destroyed the center of Snow Hill, including two successive Court Houses, although some eighteenth century structures survived both fires. Following the second fire, much of the commercial area was rapidly rebuilt, so the downtown today contains many historic buildings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Snow Hill Historic District, which includes approximately 80% of the town, was created in 2002.

In December 2010 a Snow Hill businessman started a petition to remove the town's incorporation and revert the area back to county control. The reasons given were lower county taxes, better services provided to the town, and a need for revitalization. The push was abandoned in January 2011.

The All Hallows Episcopal Church, Chanceford, Old Friendship United Methodist Church, Samuel Gunn House, Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church, James Martin House, Nassawango Iron Furnace Site, Nun's Green, George Washington Purnell House, and Gov. John Walter Smith House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Snow Hill is located at 38°10′30″N 75°23′27″W / 38.17500°N 75.39083°W / 38.17500; -75.39083 (38.175024, -75.390738).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.12 square miles (8.08 km2), of which, 3.01 square miles (7.80 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 714
1860 966 35.3%
1870 960 −0.6%
1880 1,276 32.9%
1890 1,483 16.2%
1900 1,596 7.6%
1910 1,844 15.5%
1920 1,684 −8.7%
1930 1,604 −4.8%
1940 1,926 20.1%
1950 2,091 8.6%
1960 2,311 10.5%
1970 2,201 −4.8%
1980 2,192 −0.4%
1990 2,217 1.1%
2000 2,409 8.7%
2010 2,103 −12.7%
2019 (est.) 2,050 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,103 people, 871 households, and 557 families residing in the town. The population density was 698.7 inhabitants per square mile (269.8/km2). There were 1,005 housing units at an average density of 333.9 per square mile (128.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 57.0% White, 39.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 871 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 44.7 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.9% male and 54.1% female.


A number of Protestant religious denominations have churches in Snow Hill; several are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Snow Hill in popular culture

In 1999, some scenes of the Hollywood film, Runaway Bride (starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere) were shot at the Snow Hill High School. The scenes at the baseball and football games were filmed behind the school.

At the end of each episode of Adult Swim's "Children Hospital," is an old advertisement for The Corddry Co Snow Hill, MD. Seen after the final credits. The lead actor, writer, and producer is comedian Rob Corddry, who is not from Snow Hill. He uses the advertisement as his production banner.


Worcester County Courthouse
Worcester County Courthouse in Snow Hill.

Snow Hill is the location of:

  • Snow Hill Elementary School
  • Snow Hill Middle School
  • Snow Hill High School
  • Cedar Chapel Special School

Notable people

  • Arch Johnson, stage, film, and television actor died in Snow Hill in 1997.
  • Sherron Mills, professional basketball player, 1971-2016
  • John Walter Smith, Congressman for Maryland 1st District, 1899–1900; 44th Governor of Maryland, 1900–1904; U.S. Senator, 1907-1919. Born in Snow Hill on Feb 5, 1845.
  • Ben Tate, NFL running back, who attended Snow Hill HS during his senior year in 2006; led team to the Maryland state championship game.
  • R. V. Truitt, first lacrosse coach at the University of Maryland, 1919–1927. Founder of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD (1925), now part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. World renowned marine ecologist who studied blue crab and oyster.
  • Ephraim King Wilson II, U.S. Senator, 1885–1891; Congressman for Maryland 1st District, 1873-1874. Born in Snow Hill on December 22, 1821.
kids search engine
Snow Hill, Maryland Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.