Aberdeen was named after Aberdeen, Scotland, by immigrating Scots.
The James B. Baker House, Chestnut Ridge, Griffith House, Poplar Hill, Sophia's Dairy, and Swansbury are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Village of Aberdeen was a development by Edmund Law Rogers around 1800. The name originated from its mother city, Aberdeen, Scotland, as a result of the close relationship the Rogers family of Baltimore had with their cousin, the Earl of Aberdeen, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1852. The area now known as Aberdeen is a cluster of three communitiesHall's Cross Roads, located at the intersection of Old Philadelphia Road (MD-7, in some places known as Old Post Road, then known as Philadelphia Post Road) and Bush River Neck Road (then the main road from Swan Creek 39°31′28.41″N 76°8′17.75″W)
Mechanicsville, located at 39°36′7.3836″N 76°19′10.8516″W
The Village of Aberdeen
In 1892, Aberdeen was incorporated as a Town, under Chapter 136 of the Acts of 1892.
When incorporated as a Town, Aberdeen government was led by a board of commissioners.1892–1905, a Board President was elected annually by the commissioners
1906–1954, this election was changed to be biennial
1955–1992, the election of a Board President was changed back to be annual
In 1992, the Town of Aberdeen revised the Charter and became the City of Aberdeen with an Elected Mayor. The first Mayor of the City of Aberdeen was Ruth Elliot. The second Mayor was Doug Wilson was elected Mayor in Fred Simmons was elected Mayor in 2005. Michael Bennett elected in 2007-2015 In 2015, Patrick McGrady was elected as the Mayor of Aberdeen and is currently serving a 4-year term.1892–1894 Charles W. Baker
1894–1896 George Walker
1896–1899 John Finney Wells
1899–1900 George H. Irvins
1900–1905 John Finney Wells
1905–1906 James A. Wiles
1906–1908 John Finney Wells
1908–1914 C. H. Johnson
1914–1916 None listed
1916–1950 Frank E. Baker
1950–1952 J. Wilmer Cronin
1952–1954 Charles J. Kelly
1954–1955 Clark D. Connellee
1955–1956 J. Wilmer Cronin
1956–1958 R. Lee Mitchell
1958–1959 Robert P. Atkins
1959–1964 George B. Adams, Jr.
1964–1965 Robert H. Krieger
1965–1967 William Cooper, Jr.
1967–1968 Warren Parrish
1968–1969 John A. Feroll
1969–1970 William Cooper, Jr.
1970–1971 Warren Parrish
1971–1972 Alphonse Demarco
1972–1974 George B. Adams, Jr.
1974–1975 William B. Hause
1975–1977 Kent F. Stewart
1977–1978 William B. Hause
1978–1979 Jerry A. Nolan
1979–1980 William Cooper, Jr.
1980–1981 Raymond H. Warfield
1981–1986 Ronald Kupferman
1986–1987 Raymond H. Warfield
1987–1992 George J. Englesson
In 1992, the 100th anniversary year of Aberdeen becoming a Town, Aberdeen incorporated as the City it is today.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.81 square miles (17.64 km2), of which, 6.80 square miles (17.61 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Aberdeen has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,842 people, 5,475 households, and 3,712 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,166.2 people per square mile (836.4/km²). There were 5,894 housing units at an average density of 922.4 per square mile (356.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.90% White, 27.38% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.
There were 5,475 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,190, and the median income for a family was $48,357. Males had a median income of $32,783 versus $26,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,940. About 9.0% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 14,959 people, 5,801 households, and 3,897 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,199.9 inhabitants per square mile (849.4/km2). There were 6,191 housing units at an average density of 910.4 per square mile (351.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 58.9% White, 30.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 5.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.
There were 5,801 households of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.
The median age in the city was 38 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.
Since its incorporation as a city, Aberdeen has had a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and Council are elected to four-year terms in November, with terms beginning in November. The Mayor and Council define policy and appoint the City Manager who may be dismissed at any time, by vote of the Council. The City Manager, with the approval of the Council, appoints all officers and department heads who may be dismissed for cause by action of the City Manager.Ruth Elliott, 1992–1994
Charles R. Boutin, 1994–1998
Douglas S. Wilson, 1998–2005
S. Fred Simmons, 2005–2007
Michael E. Bennett, 2007–2015
Patrick McGrady, 2015-present
The current Council members were elected by Voters to 4-year terms beginning in November 2011. Their terms expire in 2015.Patrick L. McGrady, Mayor
Timothy Lindecamp, Councilwoman
Sandra Landbeck, Councilwoman
Steve Goodin, Councilwoman
Melvin Taylor, Councilman
Randy Robertson July 1, 2016- Current Douglas R. Miller, City Manager 2007-2015
Council District EPatrick Vincenti (Republican)
State Senate, District 34AState Senator Bob Cassilly (Republican)
House of Delegates, District 34AMary Ann Lisanti (Democrat)
Glen Glass (Republican)
US SenateSenator Barbara A. Mikulski (Democrat)
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (Democrat)
US House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional DistrictCongressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Democrat)
Aberdeen is home to the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The proving ground was established by Act of Congress and came into operation in January 1918. APG is headquarters of the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). The proving ground occupies more than 72,500 acres (293 km2) in Harford County. More than 7,500 civilians and 5,000 military personnel work at APG.William Benjamin Baker, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District, from 1895 to 1901.
Linwood Clark, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 2nd District, 1929–1931. Born in Aberdeen, MD on March 21, 1876
Les German, Major League Baseball Pitcher, Trap-shooter
Michael D. Griffin, head administrator of NASA
E. J. Henderson, Minnesota Viking football player, former Maryland Terrapin.
Erin Henderson, Minnesota Viking football player, former Maryland Terrapin.
Jai Lewis, College basketball player (George Mason Patriots).
Gary Neal, Current NBA Player for the Washington Wizards
Irv Pankey, Aberdeen High School, 2 time wrestling state champion (1975–1976); Penn State offensive lineman (1976–1980); NFL: Los Angeles Rams (1980–1990) Indianapolis Colts (1991–1992)
Billy Ripken, former Oriole and brother of Cal Ripken Jr.
Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles legend, grew up in Aberdeen and was a student at Aberdeen High School.
Richard Slutzky, "Coach Slutzky", honoree of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, long-time Aberdeen High School coach.
Lisa Welch, Playboy Playmate of the Month, September 1980
Steven M. Wise, animal rights lawyer and scholar, inducted into Aberdeen High School Hall of Fame.
Frank Zappa, musician, lived in Aberdeen for a short period, father worked at APG.
David Grace (basketball), UCLA and Oregon State University basketball coach (USAF Retired)
Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Billy are owners of the Aberdeen IronBirds minor league baseball team, which plays at Ripken Stadium.
Aberdeen's local radio station is WAMD, broadcasting at 970 on the AM dial. Local newspaper coverage is provided by Harford County publications The Aegis and The Record. Electronic media covering Aberdeen issues is Aberdeen Patch and The Dagger Press (electronic)
Aberdeen is served by Baltimore television stations.
Aberdeen was host to the 2014 Bimmerfest East celebration on August 2, 2014.