Reisterstown, Maryland
Historic buildings along Reisterstown Rd.
Historic buildings along Reisterstown Rd.
Location of Reisterstown, Maryland
Location of Reisterstown, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°27′25″N 76°48′53″W / 39.45694°N 76.81472°W / 39.45694; -76.81472
Country United States
State Maryland
County Baltimore
Founded byJohn Reister
 • Typeunincorporated
 • Total5.10 sq mi (13.20 km2)
 • Land5.09 sq mi (13.19 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
720 ft (220 m)
 • Total26,822
 • Density5,267.48/sq mi (2,033.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
21136, 21071
Area code(s)410, 443
FIPS code24-65600
GNIS feature ID0591112

Reisterstown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore and Carroll counties[2], Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 25,968.[3]

Founded by German immigrant John Reister in 1758, Reisterstown is located to the northwest of Baltimore. Though it is older than the surrounding areas, it now serves primarily as a residential suburb of Baltimore. The center is designated the Reisterstown Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[4] Also listed are the Montrose Mansion and Chapel and St. Michael's Church.[4]

Just outside the community, to its north, is the small military reservation of Camp Fretterd, which serves as a training site for the Maryland Army National Guard and Air Guard.[5] The Maryland Defense Force is also headquartered at Camp Fretterd.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Reisterstown CDP occupies 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2), all land.[6]

The community stretches along Reisterstown Road (Maryland Route 140) and the Northwestern Expressway (Interstate 795) just north of Owings Mills. Its northern boundary lies near the junction of MD-140 and Hanover Pike (MD-30), which heads north towards Hampstead. MD-140 passes the northern end of I-795 and continues northwest as Westminster Pike, heading towards Finksburg and Westminster. The community of Glyndon is located adjacent to the northern portion of Reisterstown along Butler Road (MD-128), which connects Reisterstown with the Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway (Interstate 83). To the east of Reisterstown is the community of Worthington, located around Greenspring Avenue and Park Heights Avenue (MD-129). To the west of Reisterstown is Liberty Reservoir.


Reister's Town

John Reister purchased a 20-acre (81,000 m2) tract of land, which he called "Reister's Desire", along the Conewago Road on March 2, 1758. He built a tavern on the site, providing food, drink and lodging for travelers. Other businesses serving travelers soon followed, creating the settlement known as Reister's Town, and eventually Reisterstown. With the purchase in 1763 of another 83 acres (340,000 m2) adjoining the original property, Reister began developing both sides of Conewago Road, later renamed Reisterstown Road.[7]

Franklin Academy

In 1764, John Reister purchased a three-quarter acre lot, which he named Church Hill, as a site for the community's first church, a small building constructed of logs. Funded and built by the Lutheran community, the church was free to all denominations. The building also served as a school house, a secondary function typical of churches at that time.[7]

The town raised money with a public subscription and replaced the log building with a brick school building in 1824, named Franklin Academy in honor of Benjamin Franklin. A cupola was added to the school in 1826. Franklin Academy became the first public high school in the county in 1874 and one of the earliest schools to join the Baltimore County school system.

The former Franklin Academy was converted into a public library in the early 1900s. It still stands beside the Reisterstown Community Cemetery, across the street from the present-day Franklin Middle School. Franklin Academy's cupola, known as the Franklin Bell, is in front of Franklin High School.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8][9]

The census of 2010 reported that there were 25,968 people and 6,740 families residing in the Reisterstown census-designated place (CDP), living in 10,133 of available housing units.[3] The racial makeup of the CDP was 57.2% White, 29.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 6.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.9% of the population.[3]

Of the community's 10,133 households, 33.0% had children under 18 years, 44.5% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. Individuals living alone occupied 81.2% of the non-family households; 30.4% of these individuals were 65 years of age or older.[3] The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.[3]

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.1% under the age of 20, 6.5% from 20 to 25, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older.[3] The median age was 36.2 years.[3]

In the 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the median income for a household in the CDP was $60,201, and the median income for a family was $65,911. The per capita income for the CDP was $72,714. About 11.6% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 6.6%% of those age 65 or over.[3]

As of July, 2019, Reisterstown has become a majority minority community. Non-Hispanic whites are a plurality, constituting 45% of the population.[10]


Public schools

Private schools



Major roads in the Reisterstown area include:

Town recreation

The Reisterstown Area Recreation Council (RRC) organizes athletic and recreational activities for the Reisterstown area.

Reisterstown has two annual festivals, organized with help from the RRC.[11]

Music on Main Street

Every year the Reisterstown Main Street organizes free concerts on Friday nights through the late spring till early fall. All concerts are held at the Franklin Middle School (10 Cockeys Mill Road).

Reisterstown Farmers Market

The Reisterstown Farmers Market is held Sundays June 11 through October 29 from 9am – 1pm, rain or shine. Hosted outside Franklin Middle School at 120 Main Street, The Reisterstown Farmers Market focuses on local vendors with goods ranging from bread to produce, hand-crafted jewelry, and natural products. It is accessible from Main Street, with ample parking available at the middle school.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  5. ^ Sgt. John Higgins (May 16, 2010). "Maryland Army National Guard Conducts 2010 Warrior Challenge". Maryland National Guard Pressroom. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Reisterstown CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Linda MacLeod; Ellen Saunders; Marlene Kuhl (April 2006). "Reister's Town". Baltimore County Public Library Online. Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. Retrieved January 23, 2007.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ The 1950 & 1960 census returns included the community of Glyndon.
  10. ^ "QuickFacts Reisterstown CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Festivals Archived 2010-10-18 at the Wayback Machine. Reisterstown Area Recreation Council. Retrieved 2010-08-02