Essex, Maryland

Essex: Census-designated place in Maryland, United States


Essex is a CDP located in the county of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland. After 8 years in 2018 city had an estimated population of 1,832,752 inhabitants.

Essex is an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland located on the Back River Neck peninsula. Once a busy shipbuilding center, today Essex offers historic sites, community parks, and delicious dining options.

History of Essex

Essex has a long history dating back to the 17th century. It was originally inhabited by Native Americans before becoming colonized. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Essex was well-known for its shipbuilding industry which supported Baltimore's thriving port. Some of the ships built in Essex included clipper ships, schooners, and warships. The town's shipbuilding industry declined in the late 20th century but some companies like Bach Yacht Designs still operate today.

Things to See and Do in Essex

Some of the top attractions in Essex include:

  • Essex Park: This large community park includes hiking trails, sports fields, a dog park, and playgrounds.
  • Steams Park: Situated along the Back River, this park offers walking paths, fishing spots, and picnic areas.
  • Historic St. John's Church: Built in 1696, this is one of the oldest churches in Maryland.
  • Essex Museum: Learn about the history of shipbuilding and view artifacts at this local museum.
  • Back River Neck Peninsula: Take in views of the Chesapeake Bay and Hart-Miller Island from this scenic peninsula.

Dining in Essex

Essex has several casual eateries and pubs featuring local seafood. Popular spots include The Pit Beef Shack, Bull on the Beach, and Grace's Gourmet Cafe. Those looking for waterfront dining can visit The Bowleys Quarters which sits along the Back River.

With its small town charm, historic sites, parks, and casual dining, Essex offers a nice spot to explore local Maryland history and culture. Its scenic riverside location along the Chesapeake Bay also makes it a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.

Essex locator map
Location of Essex on Maryland map.

Quick Facts about Essex

Population : 1,832,752 (2018)
Country : United States of America
State : Maryland (United States)
County : Baltimore County
Postal code : 21221
Area : 30.8 km2
Altitude : 39 feet / 12 meters
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 22:40:48 (29th February 2024)
Density : 59,499 Pop. per km² as of 2018
Baltimore County Maryland Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Essex Highlighted locator map image
Baltimore County Maryland Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Essex Highlighted
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Essex is located at 39°18'33"N 76°28'30"W (39.3092700, -76.4749600).

Essex map


Year Population % Change Method
2011 1,455,340 - census
2018 1,832,752 20.59% estimation process

Essex zip code is 21221. County name: Baltimore, County fips: 24005

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People born in Essex (4)

People born in Essex, including politician Dennis F. Rasmussen, politician Michael H. Weir, Jr., Ric Metzgar, .


Schools in Essex

College & universities near Essex, MD

Code Name City ZIP
163815 Maryland Beauty Academy of Essex Baltimore (MD) 21224
434672 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore (MD) 21237
373784 All-State Career-Baltimore Baltimore (MD) 21224
163453 Morgan State University Baltimore (MD) 21251-0001
461379 Holistic Massage Training Institute Baltimore (MD) 21218

Stations (32)

Amtrak & bus stations near Essex, MD

Code Name Address Type
BAL Pennsylvania Station 1515 North Charles Street RAIL
BWI BWI Rail Station 7 Amtrak Way RAIL
ABE Aberdeen 18 East Bel Air Ave. RAIL
KNT Kent Island, MD 3206 Main Street BUS
NCR New Carrollton station 4300 Garden City Drive RAIL

Post offices near Essex

Post Office Name City ZIP
Essex Post Office Essex (MD) 21221
Rosedal Post Office Rosedale (MD) 21237
East Point Mall Post Office Baltimore (MD) 21224
Middle River Post Office Middle River (MD) 21220
Highlandtown Post Office Baltimore (MD) 21224

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  • Essex , New York town in Essex County, New York with a population of 630 people.
  • Essex , Illinois village in Kankakee County, Illinois with a population of 548 people.
  • Essex , Missouri city in Stoddard County, Missouri with a population of 447 people.

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Lochearn 25,333 Census designated place
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Distance to Other Cities

Essex distances to largest Maryland cities