Boonsboro's population up almost 10 percent in one year

July 06, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro grew by more than 9 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released last week.

That was the third highest rate of growth among towns and cities in the state. Only Preston and Centreville, both on the Eastern Shore, grew by greater percentages, according to the estimates.

From July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, the population of Boonsboro increased by 276 people, from 2,976 to 3,252, according to the estimates.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said the town's growth from 2005 to 2006 can be attributed to the development of the Fletcher's Grove and Crestview communities.


"Those two developments were finally built out, which really drove our population growth," Kauffman said.

Kauffman said Boonsboro has grown steadily over the last few years as people move west from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas. He said the town is building a new sewer plant to accommodate continued growth, and is requiring developers to contribute to a bypass road that he said will prevent added traffic in the town.

"Development will continue, and we've got to keep ahead of it," Kauffman said.

Towns in the eastern part of Washington County have grown at a higher rate than the rest of the county since 2000, according to Census estimates.

Boonsboro's population has grown by 16 percent, or 451 people, since 2000, and Smithsburg has grown by 33 percent, or 725 people.

The rate of population growth in Washington County between 2000 and 2006 was 8.8 percent, according to Census estimates.

Keedysville's population has grown by more than 60 percent, from an estimated 507 people in 2000 to 815 in 2006. That is the highest rate of growth over that period for any town or city in Maryland.

Maria Gonzales, market manager for Drees Homes, which sells houses in Boonsboro, said most people that buy homes in eastern Washington County are coming from Frederick and Montgomery counties. She said price is the biggest factor in their decision to move west.

"People can come here and buy a nice, big, detached house for the cost of a townhome in Montgomery County," Gonzales said.

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