Cordova, Maryland

Coordinates: 38°52′40″N 75°59′28″W / 38.87778°N 75.99111°W / 38.87778; -75.99111
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Cordova, Maryland
Location of Cordova, Maryland
Location of Cordova, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°52′40″N 75°59′28″W / 38.87778°N 75.99111°W / 38.87778; -75.99111
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.87 sq mi (12.62 km2)
 • Land4.87 sq mi (12.62 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total551
 • Density113.10/sq mi (43.66/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code410
FIPS code24-19900
GNIS feature ID0590022

Cordova is a village in Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 592 at the 2000 census.


Cordova is located at 38°52′40″N 75°59′28″W / 38.87778°N 75.99111°W / 38.87778; -75.99111 (38.877699, −75.990973).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all land.

North of Easton


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 592 people, 214 households, and 167 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 122.0 inhabitants per square mile (47.1/km2). There were 230 housing units at an average density of 47.4 per square mile (18.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.70% White, 9.80% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 214 households, out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,625, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $34,792 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,534. About 17.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 23.1% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2012, out of the residents ages 25 and over, 73.9% possess a high school degree, 5.2% possess a bachelor's degree, and 2.4% possess a graduate or bachelor's degree.[5] For the population of residents 15 and over, 24.9% have never been married, 58.8% are now married, 2% are separated, 1.7% are widowed, and 12.7% are divorced.[5]

There were 49 veterans living in Cordova as of 2011.[6]


Just north of town, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church was founded on a farm in 1765.[7]

Tapper's Corner Road runs east of town to Lewistown Road, near the head of a creek which flows (38°53′04″N 75°57′29″W / 38.8845°N 75.958°W / 38.8845; -75.958) into the Tuckahoe; this creek was called Kentucky, nearby once stood the cabin of Betsey Bailey, the grandmother of Frederick Douglass; he believed he was born there.[8]

A gas station on the main road operated for many years. Remnants of the service station still stand. Many homes located within the village center were built by ordering from Sears. Lumber was shipped to Cordova via the railroad in the 1920s and 1930s. At one time the town had a doctors office and general store that are now homes. This town had a cannery and chicken processing plant.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Cordova, MD". Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cordova CDP, Maryland". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Weeks, Christopher (1984). Where Land and Water Intertwine. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 42. ISBN 0-8018-3165-2.
  8. ^ Barker, Amanda. [1996]. "The Search for Frederick Douglass' Birthplace Archived December 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Choptank River Heritage. Retrieved June 14, 2020. Although Barker's website devoted to the Douglass birthplace states that it could not be found with tour books and guides, that is no longer the case.