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This is a list of cities in Maryland, as of the 2010 Census.

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/Home rule 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]

Laws governing local ballot measures

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 Cities and Population in Maryland
City Population City Type Next election
Baltimore 619,493 Charter
Frederick 66,169 Charter
Rockville 62,334 Charter
Gaithersburg 61,045 Charter
Bowie 55,232 Charter
Hagerstown 39,890 Charter
Annapolis 38,880 Charter
College Park 30,587 Charter
Salisbury 30,484 Charter
Laurel 25,346 Charter

Full List of Cities

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.[6]

See also