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Somerset County, Maryland


"Crab Capital of the World"

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Statistics & Facts

The Maryland state capital is Annapolis.
The population of Crisfield is approximately 2,792 (2007), 2726 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,357 (2000), 1113 (2010).
The amount of land area in Crisfield is 4.211 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Crisfield is 1.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 3.622 sq kilometers.
The distance from Crisfield to Washington DC is 91 miles.
The distance to the Maryland state capital is 77 miles. (as the crow flies)
Crisfield is positioned 37.97 degrees north of the equator and 75.85 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Crisfield elevation is 3 feet above sea level.
Crisfield per capita income is $ 12,387 (2000).
Crisfield median income is $ 22,869 (2007).
The Crisfield median home price is $ 162,329 (2007).


in southern Maryland on Chesapeake Bay off Tangiers Sound near the mouth of the Annemessex River. It is the southernmost incorporated city in the state. It is about 74 miles from Hampton, Virginia and about 81 miles from Norfolk, Virginia. Other nearby communities include Fairmount, Smith Island, Deal Island, Dames Quarter and Chance, all in Maryland and Saxis and Tangier, both in Virginia.
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seasonal. Here is a weather page for Crisfield.
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History & History Related Items

This page gives information on history for Crisfield

Crisfield was originally settled in 1663 and was then known as Annemessex. Annemessex means bountiful waters from the Algonquian language. The name of Crisfield came from John Crisfield, who helped to bring the railroad to town. With all the local water-related industries in its early years, Crisfield benefited greatly from the ability to use the railroad to ship out their seafood. The railroad doesn't run to Crisfield anymore, but the oysters and crabs are still harvested here.

Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore Historic Heritage

Here is a history page for Crisfield. Also try this history page for the city.
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The settling of Crisfield


The incorporation of Crisfield



information about Crisfield.

Visit Somerset County, Maryland
Somerset County Tourism
PO Box 243, Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410/651-2968
Toll-free: 800/521-9189

The town has a nice protected harbor which encourages fishing and cruising vessels. Many crabbers and oystermen bring in their catch. There is a well-maintained marina which handles local and transient boaters. The municipal wharf here is built on a foundation of oyster shells, which is a sign of the closeness the town maintains with the sea.

Somers Cove Marina
A 515 slip marina with perfect facilties for boating, sailing and fishing.

Crisfield is World renown for its seafood, such as Blue Crabs, Oysters and many types of fish.

Annual Hard Crab Derby at Crisfield each Labor Day Weekend

Tangier Sound Country Music Festival

Master wildfowl carvers, Lem and Steve Ward called Crisfield home.
You may see some of their work at the Tawes Museum. The museum also offers an escorted walking tour. They hope to have a tour soon of the Ward Brothers' Homeplace.

J Millard Tawes Museum
9th St # 3
Crisfield, MD 21817
Phone: 410-968-2501

Smith Island
Maryland's only inhabited off-shore island in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Crisfield City Government

City of Crisfield
319 W Main St.
Crisfield, MD 21817-1328
Phone: 410-968-1333

Crisfield Police Department

Crisfield Fire Department

Crisfield Chamber

Crisfield Chamber of Commerce
906 W. Main Street
P.O.Box 292
Crisfield, Maryland 21817
Phone 410-968-2500
Fax 410-968-0524
Toll-free: 1-800-782-3913

Crisfield Organizations

Crisfield Chamber of Commerce
906 W. Main Street
P.O.Box 292
Crisfield, Maryland 21817
Phone 410-968-2500
Fax 410-968-0524
Toll-free: 1-800-782-3913

Crisfield Libraries

Corbin Memorial Library
4 E Main St
Crisfield, MD 21817-1559
Phone: 410-968-0955

Crisfield Schools

Crisfield High School
210 N Somerset Ave
Crisfield, MD 21817-1528
Phone: 410-968-0150
Somerset County Public Schools
7982A Crisfield Highway
Westover, MD 21871
Phone: 410-651-1616 Crisfield


The population of Crisfield was:
1990 - 2,880
2000 - 2,723
2007 - 2,792

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 1,309
2000 - 1,357

Median age:
2000 - 36.6 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 17,979
2007 - $ 22,869

Median house value:
2000 - $ 67,000
2007 - $ 162,329

Crisfield is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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