What is Kingsville?
Baltimore County is somewhat unique among counties in that it does not have any incorporated towns within its boundaries. While this provides for centralization for enacting and enforcing laws, it leaves local areas without the sense of a "town" or "village", which makes it harder for citizens to feel good about or get interested in their own neighborhoods. As a replacement for the missing "towns", various other definitions of "areas" have to suffice to provide a reference for people who need to think in terms of a local community. While some areas nearby such as White Marsh and Nottingham have a real problem with identity, "Kingsville" provides a rather definite sense of area to most people. If asked to describe what and where "Kingsville" is, most residents would come up with very similar explanations.
For reference the following exist:
The 21087 Zip Code is Kingsville, but even that is somewhat confusing, partly due to the closing of the adjacent Bradshaw P.O. some years ago. To this day, some residents in that area may still list their address as "Bradshaw" even though they have been changed to the 21087 Zip Code. In addition, part of the 21087 Zip Code extends south of the Big Gunpowder into "Perry Hall", and part north into Harford County. Not even the Post Office can give accurate information concerning the bounds of the 21087 and 21156 zip codes.
The map is from the County's web site. The MD Planning Dept has a map posted that shows somewhat different bounds for 21087 and 21156. It has not been possible to get an official map from the US Postal Service, since they do not produce one. Some "service"!
A fairly good Zip Code map can be found at zipmap.net but even here, notice the overlap between 21087 and the Upper Falls area, which used to be 21156!
Kingsville has no middle or high school within its boundaries, but the elementary school, and its district, serves as a sense of community. Recreation programs and meetings are held at the school.
The County Planning Department defines areas as the basis for various planning efforts. Associated with this, the Greater Kingsville Area Community Plan, written in 1996, is for a specific area which roughly matches this planning area (without the far, southwest corner). It appears that the County has dropped this designation of "planning area", since no reference can now be found on the county website or in the Master Plan 2020.
The Kingsville area is split down the center of Belair Rd between the While Marsh and the Parkville precincts.
Kingsville, Upper Falls, Fork, Bradshaw, Mt Vista, Franklinville, Jerusalem, etc.
Updated 20 Oct 2012