Kent County
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Kent County was originally the entire Eastern Shore. It was first mentioned as a county in 1642, when the Governor and Council appointed commissioners for the Isle and County of Kent. It became smaller and smaller as new counties were formed. Even Kent Island became part of Queen Anne's County!

Kent County takes its name from the old English County of Kent which borders the English Channel in the southeast of England. This county is the home of Washington College, the tenth oldest college in the United States. The county seat is Chestertown.

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Below is some interesting census information about Kent County. Look at the way the county population has changed over the years!

Population Information for Kent County
  Population % of MD Population
1790 Census 12,836 4.0%
1890 Census 17,471 1.7%
1990 Census 17,842 .4%
2000 Census 19,197 .4%

© Copyright October 16, 1997, Office of the Secretary of State.
Last Modified October 04, 2002 .