2020 Census: South Baltimore Peninsula Gains 4,071 Residents, Baltimore City Loses 27,471 Residents

| August 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

While Baltimore City continues to lose population, the South Baltimore Peninsula continues to buck the trend with significant population gains. Baltimore City has lost 27,471 residents since 2010, but the South Baltimore Peninsula has gained 4,071 residents in the past decade, according the 2020 Census.

Data on different communities in Baltimore is provided by Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI).

The South Baltimore Community Statistical Area, which includes part of the South Baltimore neighborhood and the Riverside and Locust Point neighborhoods, is the second fastest-growing statistical area in the city with a 28.1 percent population increase from 2010 to 2020. The population grew from 6,406 to 8,208, a gain of 1,802 residents. The area went from 3,665 housing units to 4,545 housing units in the past decade, an increase of 880 or 24 percent.

Port Covington is also part of the South Baltimore Community Statistical Area, but currently only has seven rowhomes. Thousands of new housing units are planned for Port Covington as part of the Port Covington Development. Chapter 1B of this development is currently under construction, a phase that is adding 456 apartments and 81 extended-stay units.

Inner Harbor/Federal Hill Community Statistical Area was another of the city’s fastest-growing areas with a 17.7 percent population increase in the 2010s. This area includes Federal Hill, Federal Hill South, Otterbein, Sharp-Leadenhall, and part of the South Baltimore neighborhood. Inner Harbor/Federal Hill Community Statistical Area added 2,269 residents as it grew from 12,855 residents to 15,124 residents. Housing units increased from 7,726 to 9428, a gain of 1,702 or 22 percent.

SouthBMore.com provides detailed information on the planned, under construction, and recently-added real estate, which includes residential units, in the South Baltimore Development Rundown. Proposed and under construction projects will lead to an increase in housing units in the coming years for the South Baltimore Peninsula.

The fastest growing area of the city is the Downtown, Seton Hill Community Statistical Area with a 63.4 percent increase. The population in 2010 was 6,446 and in 2020 it was 9,448. Housing units grew from 4,480 to 7,320, a gain of 2,840. This growth was led the by the conversion of many office buildings to apartment buildings.

Washington Village/Pigtown Community Statistical Area saw a 5.7 percent population loss from 2010 to 2020. In 2010 the population was 5,503 and now it’s 5,189, a loss of 314 residents. Housing units dropped from 2,926 to 2,895, a loss of 31 units or a 1.1 percent decrease. While Pigtown has seen many home renovations in recent years, it is yet to see the multi-family and new townhome development that has boomed on the South Baltimore Peninsula.

Poppleton/The Terraces/Hollins Market Community Statistical Area saw its population drop 7 percent from 5,086 to 4,728, a drop of 358 residents. Housing units dropped by 181 or 6.3 percent as it went from 2,855 to 2,674. The Poppleton redevelopment and investments in Hollins Market by War Horse Cites and SAA/EVI should lead to housing increases in this area in the coming years.

Southwest Baltimore Community Area, which includes neighborhoods such as Union Square, Carrolton Ridge, and Franklin Square, saw a population decrease of 26.3 percent. The population dropped from 17,885 to 13,189, a decrease of 4,696 residents. Housing dropped 23.3 percent from 9,595 housing units to 7,362 housing units, a decrease of 2,233. Southwest Baltimore has seen many vacant rowhomes demolished in the past decade.

Areas of the city that gained population in the 2010s include sections of Southeast, East, Central, North, and Northwest Baltimore. The biggest population losses in Baltimore City occurred in West, East, and Northeast Baltimore.

While Baltimore City lost population, the State of Maryland saw a 6.8 percent population increase from 2010 to 2020. Maryland’s population went from 5,773,794 to 6,185,278, a gain of 411,484. Every suburban county in the Baltimore area grew with a 4.4 percnet population increase in Anne Arundel County, a 2.7 percent population increase in Baltimore County, a .8 percent population increase in Carroll County, a 4.3 percent population in Harford County, and a 13.4 percent population increase in Howard County.

Graphic from BNIA-JFI

About the Author:

Founder and Publisher of SouthBmore.com, longtime resident of South Baltimore, and a graduate of Towson University. Diehard Ravens and O's fan, father of three, amateur pizza chef, skateboarder, and "bar food" foodie. Email me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter at @SoBoKevin.
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