Cities in Maryland

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This page contains a list of cities in Maryland, and other information about local governments.

Maryland allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 23 total counties in Maryland. Of those 23:[1]

There are 157 total municipalities in Maryland. All 157 are charter cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Maryland consists of 23 counties and 157 incorporated municipalities (cities and towns that have been incorporated with a charter). In addition there are 167 special districts.[2]

Further classifications:

Counties may be organized and governed by:

  • County commissioners, of which there are 8. They are Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Garrett, St. Mary's, Somerset, and Washington.
  • Code home rule, of which there are 6. They are Allegany (1974), Caroline (1984), Charles (2002), Kent (1970), Queen Anne's (1990), and Worcester (1976).
  • Charter, of which there are 9. They are Anne Arundel (1964), Baltimore (1956), Dorchester (2002), Harford (1972), Howard (1968), Montgomery (1948), Prince George's (1970), Talbot (1973), and Wicomico (1964).[3]

Cities and towns are treated as a single class by state statutes, with the exception of Baltimore which has laws specific to it. Cities and towns gain their legal status by incorporation through a charter. All local services in unincorporated areas are provided directly by the county.[4]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Maryland
  • All 9 charter counties have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.
  • All 157 cities and towns have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments. State laws make no mention of initiative for ordinances, and cities do not appear to have authority to grant this power on their own.[5]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Maryland
City[6] Population City Type Next election
Baltimore 619,493 Charter 2015
Frederick 66,169 Charter N/A
Rockville 62,334 Charter N/A
Gaithersburg 61,045 Charter N/A
Bowie 55,232 Charter N/A
Hagerstown 39,890 Charter N/A
Annapolis 38,880 Charter N/A
College Park 30,587 Charter N/A
Salisbury 30,484 Charter N/A
Laurel 25,346 Charter N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 157 incorporated cities and towns in Maryland. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[7]

See also