Leonardtown is the county seat of St. Mary's County, Maryland. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,896.
Leonardtown is located at 38°17'43" North, 76°38'17" West (38.295332, -76.637939).
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.0 square kilometer|km² (3.1 square mile|mi²). 8.0 km² (3.1 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 1,896 people, 598 households, and 367 families residing in the town. The population density is 236.1/km² (611.0/mi²). There are 646 housing units at an average density of 80.5/km² (208.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 72.78% White (U.S. Census)|White, 24.00% African American (U.S. Census)|African American, 0.11% Native American (U.S. Census)|Native American, 1.48% Asian (U.S. Census)|Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander (U.S. Census)|Pacific Islander, 0.37% from Race (U.S. Census)|other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population are Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino (U.S. Census)|Latino of any race.
There are 598 households out of which 26.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% are Marriage|married couples living together, 16.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% are non-families. 33.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.22 and the average family size is 2.80.
In the town the population is spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 78.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $35,563, and the median income for a family is $42,083. Males have a median income of $35,417 versus $25,125 for females. The per capita income for the town is $16,614. 21.8% of the population and 12.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 23.9% of those under the age of 18 and 19.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.