Easton, founded 1710, is a town within the Easton District of Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 11,708 at the 2000 census, and 14,677 according to current July 2008 census estimates. It is the county seat of Talbot County. The primary ZIP Code is 21601, and the secondary is 21606. The primary phone exchange is 822, the auxiliary exchanges are 820, 763, and 770, and the area code is 410. WINX-FM and WCEI-FM broadcast FM radio from the town.
The town of Easton hosts the world renowned Waterfowl Festival every November and the Talbot County Fair each summer and is home to four franchises during the existence of the Eastern Shore Baseball League -- the Farmers, Browns, Cubs, and Yankees. The Third Haven Meeting House, the oldest Quaker meetinghouse, and one of the oldest places of worship in Maryland, is in Easton. ArtHouse Live, a resident theater company, is also based in Easton.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,708 people, 5,031 households, and 2,882 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,137.6 people per square mile (439.3/km²). There were 5,399 housing units at an average density of 524.6 per square mile (202.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.75% White, 23.45% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.