Play Video
1
It
It's A Great Time in Prince George's County, MD
::2012/04/04::
Play Video
2
Stop Foreclosures  Townhall - Prince George
Stop Foreclosures Townhall - Prince George's County Maryland
::2013/11/17::
Play Video
3
Prince George
Prince George's County (Maryland) Canine Unit Demonstration
::2012/03/10::
Play Video
4
CDA Loans In Prince Georges County Maryland | Down Payment Assistance | Loan Programs in PG County
CDA Loans In Prince Georges County Maryland | Down Payment Assistance | Loan Programs in PG County
::2014/01/03::
Play Video
5
2013 Prince Georges County, Maryland New Apparatus 03.19.13
2013 Prince Georges County, Maryland New Apparatus 03.19.13
::2013/03/20::
Play Video
6
Vacuum Repair in Prince George
Vacuum Repair in Prince George's County, MD - (301) 758-9103
::2012/11/26::
Play Video
7
DMV County Chronicles "PG County Cypher" (Kno-Effort)
DMV County Chronicles "PG County Cypher" (Kno-Effort)
::2012/04/06::
Play Video
8
Homes For Heroes Prince Georges County Maryland
Homes For Heroes Prince Georges County Maryland
::2013/10/16::
Play Video
9
VA Loans Prince Georges County Maryland | VA Mortgage Lender PG County MD
VA Loans Prince Georges County Maryland | VA Mortgage Lender PG County MD
::2014/03/13::
Play Video
10
PG County Md Version 2
PG County Md Version 2
::2011/08/06::
Play Video
11
Prince George
Prince George's County (MD) Sheriff's Office
::2011/09/02::
Play Video
12
Capital Beltway (Prince George
Capital Beltway (Prince George's County, Maryland) to Heritage Commons Drive (Falmouth) via O (...)
::2013/08/07::
Play Video
13
A PG County Fireman "Holdin
A PG County Fireman "Holdin' All Units"
::2011/02/14::
Play Video
14
Westphalia - Prince George
Westphalia - Prince George's County, Maryland
::2013/11/06::
Play Video
15
PG County md
PG County md
::2011/07/31::
Play Video
16
Green Jobs Now Day of Action Prince George
Green Jobs Now Day of Action Prince George's County, MD
::2008/09/30::
Play Video
17
Two Year Old Twerking, Prince Georges County Maryland
Two Year Old Twerking, Prince Georges County Maryland
::2013/08/01::
Play Video
18
FBI to Prince George
FBI to Prince George's County? Maryland officials are "all in"
::2014/03/24::
Play Video
19
MMA Gyms PG County Maryland | MMA Gyms Prince George County MD
MMA Gyms PG County Maryland | MMA Gyms Prince George County MD
::2014/02/14::
Play Video
20
Criminal Attorney in Prince George
Criminal Attorney in Prince George's County, Maryland - Criminal Sentencing
::2013/05/12::
Play Video
21
PG Outlaws (Prince George
PG Outlaws (Prince George's County, Maryland)
::2010/11/15::
Play Video
22
Fireworks Danger and the Law in Prince George
Fireworks Danger and the Law in Prince George's County, MD
::2013/06/27::
Play Video
23
Affordable DJs Wedding Photographers Prince Georges County Greater Upper Marlboro Mitchellville MD
Affordable DJs Wedding Photographers Prince Georges County Greater Upper Marlboro Mitchellville MD
::2013/12/19::
Play Video
24
David Byrd, 100 Black Men of Prince George
David Byrd, 100 Black Men of Prince George's County, Maryland
::2013/04/14::
Play Video
25
Real Estate Investment Mentoring Program Prince Georges County MD
Real Estate Investment Mentoring Program Prince Georges County MD
::2012/10/05::
Play Video
26
Prince George
Prince George's County MD Fire Engine Struck by Tractor Trailer Audio
::2013/01/30::
Play Video
27
Aggressive Interior Attack: PG County MD - After Pics Added
Aggressive Interior Attack: PG County MD - After Pics Added
::2011/02/09::
Play Video
28
Prince George
Prince George's County (MD) Police ride-along
::2011/09/05::
Play Video
29
Real Estate Mentoring Prince Georges County Maryland Baltimore VA
Real Estate Mentoring Prince Georges County Maryland Baltimore VA
::2011/09/26::
Play Video
30
PG County police suspend 2 officers over offensive
PG County police suspend 2 officers over offensive 'Driving While Black' video
::2012/11/17::
Play Video
31
Affordable wedding photographers & DJs in Prince Georges County MD Upper Marlboro Landover
Affordable wedding photographers & DJs in Prince Georges County MD Upper Marlboro Landover
::2013/01/22::
Play Video
32
Prince George
Prince George's County House for rent Capitol Heights MD
::2013/03/01::
Play Video
33
The "Flipped Classroom" in Prince George
The "Flipped Classroom" in Prince George's County
::2013/02/06::
Play Video
34
Hellams Fitness - Prince George
Hellams Fitness - Prince George's County Maryland
::2012/09/25::
Play Video
35
Tsegball - Prince George
Tsegball - Prince George's County, MD
::2012/08/06::
Play Video
36
12409 Nathan Ct, Prince Georges County, MD For Sale
12409 Nathan Ct, Prince Georges County, MD For Sale
::2013/08/08::
Play Video
37
Real Estate Wholesaling Houses Training Baltimore Maryland, Washington DC Prince Georges County
Real Estate Wholesaling Houses Training Baltimore Maryland, Washington DC Prince Georges County
::2011/05/26::
Play Video
38
2011 Prince George
2011 Prince George's County MD Football Coaches Association Passing Tournament
::2011/06/15::
Play Video
39
I-95 South: Prince Georges County Line to BW Pkwy Exit, MD
I-95 South: Prince Georges County Line to BW Pkwy Exit, MD
::2011/07/11::
Play Video
40
K Hovnanian Homes, Woodmore Estates, Prince George
K Hovnanian Homes, Woodmore Estates, Prince George's County, Maryland
::2009/10/08::
Play Video
41
Prince George
Prince George's County MD Working Fire 1 of 2. 1/2/10
::2010/01/03::
Play Video
42
Prince George County MD Fire Truck Struck Audio 1/30/13
Prince George County MD Fire Truck Struck Audio 1/30/13
::2013/01/30::
Play Video
43
Home For Rent in Prince Georges County Maryland
Home For Rent in Prince Georges County Maryland
::2009/03/17::
Play Video
44
House Fire, Prince George
House Fire, Prince George's County Maryland July 08, 2012
::2012/07/10::
Play Video
45
Casa a la venta en New Carrollton | Hyattsville MD. Prince George County
Casa a la venta en New Carrollton | Hyattsville MD. Prince George County
::2011/10/19::
Play Video
46
Mellwood Road, Prince George
Mellwood Road, Prince George's County, MD (you won't believe how close this is to DC)
::2014/03/10::
Play Video
47
Greenvale PKWY Hyattsville Rental Property Prince George
Greenvale PKWY Hyattsville Rental Property Prince George's County MD
::2013/03/04::
Play Video
48
African American Customer Angry at Evil White People - PG County - Maryland 2013
African American Customer Angry at Evil White People - PG County - Maryland 2013
::2013/03/10::
Play Video
49
Prince George
Prince George's County Criminal Lawyer-Criminal Attorney in PG County-Seth Okin
::2014/03/03::
Play Video
50
3x Lamborghini
3x Lamborghini's & 1 Nissan GT-R in Prince George's County, Maryland
::2013/08/04::
NEXT >>
RESULTS [51 .. 101]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Prince George's County, Maryland
PG County, Maryland Infobox Montage 1.png
The P.G. County courthouse in 2008, the Boulevard at the Capital Centre in 2005, downtown Upper Marlboro in 2006, the P.G. Plaza in 2004, Laurel's Patuxent Square in 2013, Andrews AFB in 2008, downtown Adelphi in 2008.
Flag of Prince George's County, Maryland
Flag
Seal of Prince George's County, Maryland
Seal
Map of Maryland highlighting Prince George's County
Location in the state of Maryland
Map of the United States highlighting Maryland
Maryland's location in the U.S.
Founded 1696
Named for Prince George of Denmark
Seat Upper Marlboro
Largest city Bowie
Area
 • Total 498.45 sq mi (1,291 km2)
 • Land 485.43 sq mi (1,257 km2)
 • Water 13.01 sq mi (34 km2), 2.61%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 881,138
 • Density 1,816/sq mi (700.98/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.princegeorgescountymd.gov

Prince George's County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland, immediately north, east, and south of Washington, D.C. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 863,420.[1] Its county seat is Upper Marlboro.[2]

Prince George's County is part of the Baltimore–Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and is home to Joint Base Andrews.

Etymology[edit]

Prince George's County is named after Prince George of Denmark (1653–1708), the husband of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and the brother of King Christian V of Denmark and Norway. The demonym for Prince George's County is Prince Georgian. Prince George's County is frequently referred to as "P.G." or "P.G. County", an abbreviation which is viewed as pejorative by some residents.[3]

History[edit]

The Cretaceous Era brought dinosaurs to the area which left a number of fossils, now preserved in a 7.5-acre (3.0 ha) park in Laurel.[4] The site, which among other finds has yielded fossilized teeth from Astrodon and Priconodon species, has been called the most prolific in the eastern United States.[5]

In the mid to late Holocene era, the area was occupied by Paleo-Native Americans and then later, Native Americans. When the first European settlers arrived, what is now Prince Georges County was inhabited by people of the Piscataway Indian Nation three branches of the tribe are still living today, two of which are headquartered in Prince Georges County.[citation needed]

Prince George's County was created by the Council of Maryland in the Province of Maryland in 1696[6] from portions of Charles, and Calvert Counties, and a portion was detached in 1748 to form Frederick County. Because Frederick County was subsequently divided to form the present Allegany, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington counties, all of these counties in addition were derived from what had up to 1748 been Prince George's County. In 1696, the Council of Maryland divided Prince George's County into six districts referred to as "Hundreds": Mattapany, Petuxant, Collington, Mount Calvert, Piscattoway and New Scotland.[7]

In 1791, portions of Prince George's County were ceded to form the new District of Columbia, along with portions of Montgomery County, Maryland, as well as the parts of Northern Virginia; that were later returned to Virginia.

During the War of 1812, the British marched through the county by way of Bladensburg to burn the White House. On their return, they kidnapped a prominent doctor, William Beanes. Lawyer, Francis Scott Key was asked to negotiate for his release, which resulted in his writing the Star Spangled Banner.

In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth made his escape through Prince George's County after shooting President Abraham Lincoln. He was on his way to Virginia.

Since much of the southern part of the county was tobacco farms that were worked by slaves,[8] there was a high population of African Americans who unsuccessfully attempted to become part of Maryland politics in the late 19th century.[9] The population of African Americans declined during the first half of the 20th century, but was renewed to over 50% in the early 1990s when the county again became majority African American.[10] The first African American County Executive was Wayne K. Curry, elected in 1994.

On July 1, 1997, the Prince George's County section of the city of Takoma Park, Maryland, which straddled the boundary between Prince George's and Montgomery counties, was transferred to Montgomery County.[11] This was done after city residents voted to be under the sole jurisdiction of Montgomery County, and subsequent approval by both counties and the Maryland General Assembly. This was the first change in Prince George's County's boundaries since 1791, and the first alteration of the boundaries of any county in Maryland since the early 1900s.[citation needed]

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]

Geography[edit]

Prince George's County lies in the Atlantic coastal plain, and its landscape is characterized by gently rolling hills and valleys. Along its western border with Montgomery County, Adelphi, Calverton and West Laurel rise into the piedmont, exceeding 300 feet (91 m) in elevation. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 498.45 square miles (1,291.0 km2), of which 485.43 square miles (1,257.3 km2) (or 97.39%) is land and 13.01 square miles (33.7 km2) (or 2.61%) is water.[13]

The Patuxent River forms the county's eastern border with Howard, Anne Arundel, and Calvert counties.

Regions[edit]

The five regions of Prince George's County.
     = North County
     = Central County
     = Rural Tier
     = Inner Beltway
     = South County

County terrain, culture and demographics differ significantly by location within the county. There are five key regions to Prince George's County: North County, Central County, the Rural Tier, the Inner Beltway, and South County.

North County[edit]

Northern Prince George's County includes Laurel, Beltsville, Adelphi, College Park and Greenbelt. This area of the county is anchored by the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Laurel is experiencing a population boom with the construction of the Inter-County Connector. The key employers in this region are the University of Maryland, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. Areas of geographic distinction include Greenbelt Park, a wooded reserve adjacent to the planned environmental community of Greenbelt, and University Park, a collection of historic homes adjacent to the University of Maryland. Riversdale Mansion, along with the historic homes of Berwyn Heights, Mt. Rainier and Hyattsville are also located in this area. The hidden Lake Artemesia, a park constructed during the completion of the Washington Metro Green Line, incorporates a stocked fishing lake and serves as the trail-head for an extensive Anacostia Tributary Trails system that runs along the Anacostia River and its tributaries. The south and central tracts of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center also lie in this part of the county; the north tract lies north of the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel County.

Central County[edit]

Central County, located on the eastern outskirts of the Capital Beltway, consists of Mitchellville, Woodmore, Greater Upper Marlboro, Springdale, and Bowie. According to the 2010 census, it has generally been the fastest growing region of the county.[14] Mitchellville is named for a wealthy African American family, the Mitchells, who owned a large portion of land in this area of the county.[15] Central Avenue, a major exit off the I-95 beltway, running east to west, is one of two main roads in this portion of the county. The other major roadway is Old Crain Highway, which runs north to south along the eastern portion of the county. The Newton White Mansion on the grounds is a popular site for weddings and political events.

Bowie is best known as a planned Levittown.[16] William Levitt built traditional homes, as well as California contemporaries along U.S. Route 50, the key highway to the eastern shore and the state capital of Annapolis. Bowie has currently grown to be the largest city in Prince George's County, with more than 50,000 people. It also has a large Caucasian population, compared to much of the county (48% of the population).[17] Housing styles vary from the most contemporary to century old homes in Bowie's antique district (formerly known as Huntingtown), where the town of Bowie began as a haven for thoroughbred horse racing. Areas of geographic distinction include the Ogden Bowie Mansion, Allen Pond, key segments of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, as well as planned parks, lakes and walking trails.

Rural Tier[edit]

Prince George's rural tier was designated "in the 2002 General Plan as an area where residential growth would be minimal";[18] it may be found in the area well beyond the Beltway to the east and south of central county, bounded on the north by U.S. Route 50, the west by the communities Accokeek and Fort Washington, and the east by the Patuxent River. Prince George's origins are in this part of the county. Most of this area contains the unincorporated parishes, villages and lost towns of Prince George's County. Largely under postal designations of "Upper Marlboro" or "Brandywine", in truth the town of Upper Marlboro is more central county in character, though it is the post office location for various rural settlements. (The names of these unincorporated areas are listed below in the towns section of this article). Since 1721 Upper Marlboro has been the county seat of government, with families that trace their lineage back to Prince George's initial land grants and earliest governing officials. Names like Clagett, Sasscer, King James and Queen Anne pepper the streets.

The rural tier has been the focus of orchestrated efforts by residents and county government to preserve its rural character and environmental integrity.[19][not in citation given] Under the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Patuxent River Park is the largest natural preserve and provides public access for birdwatching and viewing the rural tier's natural waterfront vistas. In season, the park's Jug Bay Natural Area and the Patuxent Riverkeeper in Queen Anne both offer canoeing and kayaking rentals on the Patuxent. The county's largest collection of tobacco planter mansions and preserved homes are in the rural tier, some managed by the M-NCPPC. Many rural tier roads have scenic highway preservation status; a fall drive yields exceptional beauty along the Patuxent valley's Leeland Road, Croom Road, Clagett's Landing Rd., Mill Branch Rd., Queen Anne Rd., and Brandywine Rd. Walking access along roads in this area is very limited, because most property along the roads remains in private ownership. However, walking is much more accessible in the widespread M-NCPPC lands and trails and state holdings in the Patuxent valley, such as Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Rosaryville State Park, both popular among hikers and mountain bikers.[citation needed]

Inner Beltway[edit]

The inner beltway communities of Capitol Heights, District Heights, Forestville, Suitland and Seat Pleasant border the neighboring District of Columbia's northeastern and southeastern quadrants. This region is the most densely populated area of the county, although many communities here saw a decrease in population from 2000 to 2010. A high percentage of its residents are African American.[20]

South County[edit]

South county is a blend of the greenery of the rural tier and the new development of central county. The communities of Clinton, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills and Fort Washington are the largest areas of south county. It is the only portion of Prince George's County to enjoy the Potomac River waterfront, and that geographic distinction has yielded the rise of the National Harbor project: a town center and riverside shopping and living development on the Potomac. The National Harbor has become a major tourist and convention attraction, with significant hotel accommodations, eateries and shopping. Ferry rides allow trips across the Potomac into Alexandria.[21] Several historic sites, including Mt. Vernon, can be viewed from the harbor front. River Road in Fort Washington also yields great views of the Potomac. Fort Washington Park was a major battery and gives access to the public for tours of the fort, scenic access to the river and other picnic grounds. Oxon Hill Manor offers a working farm and plantation mansion for touring; His Lordship's Kindness is another major historic home.

Adjacent jurisdictions[edit]

Federally protected areas[edit]

Government[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2012 9.2% 35,734 90.0% 347,938
2008 10.4% 38,833 89.0% 332,396
2004 17.4% 55,532 81.8% 260,532
2000 18.4% 49,987 79.5% 216,119
1996 21.9% 52,697 73.5% 176,612
1992 24.5% 62,955 65.7% 168,691
1988 38.8% 86,545 60.0% 133,816
1984 41.0% 95,121 58.6% 136,063
1980 40.7% 78,977 50.9% 98,757
1976 42.0% 81,027 58.0% 111,743
1972 58.5% 116,166 40.3% 79,914
1968 41.2% 73,269 40.3% 71,524
1964 36.2% 46,413 63.8% 81,806
1960 42.0% 44,817 58.0% 62,013

Since 1792, the county seat has been Upper Marlboro. Prior to 1792, the county seat was located at Mount Calvert, a 76 acre (308,000 m²) estate along the Patuxent River on the edge of what is now in the unincorporated community of Croom.

Prince George's County was granted a charter form of government in 1970 with the county executive elected as the head of the executive branch and the county council members as the leadership of the legislative branch. Prince George's County is part of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of the state of Maryland and holds 23 of the 32 total circuit court judges in the circuit (which includes Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties).[22]

Fitch Ratings assigned a 'AAA' bond rating to Prince George's County on August 25, 2011, re-affirming the county's stable financial outlook. Earlier in 2011, the County received 'AAA' status from Standard & Poor's and Moody's. 'AAA' bond ratings are the highest possible bond ratings a jurisdiction can receive.[23]

County executive[edit]

Name Party Term
William W. Gullett Republican 1970–1974
Win Kelly Democratic 1974–1978
Lawrence Hogan Republican 1978–1982
Parris N. Glendening Democratic 1982–1994
Wayne K. Curry Democratic 1994–2002
Jack B. Johnson Democratic 2002–2010
Rushern L. Baker III Democratic 2010–

Other officials[edit]

Emergency services[edit]

Law enforcement[edit]

Prince George's County is serviced by multiple law enforcement agencies. The Prince George's County Police Department is the primary police service for county residents residing in unincorporated areas of the county. In addition, the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office acts as the enforcement arm of the county court, and also shares some patrol responsibility with the county police. County parks are serviced by the Prince George's County Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. Besides the county-level services, all but one of the 27 local municipalities maintain police departments that share jurisdiction with the county police services.[citation needed] Furthermore, the Maryland State Police enforces the law on state highways which pass through the county and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police patrol the state parks and navigable waterways located within the county.

Along with the state and local law enforcement agencies, the federal government also maintains several departments that service citizens of the county such as the US Park Police, US Postal Police, Andrews Air Force Base Security Police, and other federal police located on various federal property located within the county.

K9 cruiser of the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office in October 2009.

In addition, nearly all of the incorporated cities and towns in the county have their own municipal police force. Notable exceptions include the city of College Park.

As of 2006, the county reportedly contains the highest crime rate for the Washington Metro area, comparable to Baltimore.[24][25]

Emergency medical and fire services[edit]

Prince George's County hospitals include Bowie Health Center, Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital & Nursing Center in Cheverly, Hospice of the Chesapeake in Landover, Laurel Regional Hospital in Laurel, Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, and Fort Washington Medical Center.

Engine 553 in the foreground, Ladder 55 in the background

The Prince George's County Volunteer Firemen's Association was formed in 1922 with several of the first companies organized in the county. The first members of the association were Hyattsville, Cottage City, Mount Rainier, and Brentwood.

In March 1966, the Prince George's County Government employed the firefighters who had been hired by individual volunteer stations and an organized career department was begun. The career firefighters and paramedics are represented by IAFF 1619.

Prince George's County became the first jurisdiction in Maryland to implement the 9-1-1 Emergency Reporting System in 1973. Advanced life support services began for citizens of the county in 1977. Firefighters were certified as Cardiac Rescue Technicians and deployed in what was called at the time Mobile Intensive Care Units to fire stations in Brentwood, Silver Hill, and Laurel.

As of 2007, the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department operates a combination system staffed by over 800 career firefighters and paramedics, and nearly 1,100 active volunteers.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 21,344
1800 21,175 −0.8%
1810 20,589 −2.8%
1820 20,216 −1.8%
1830 20,474 1.3%
1840 19,539 −4.6%
1850 21,549 10.3%
1860 23,327 8.3%
1870 21,138 −9.4%
1880 26,451 25.1%
1890 26,080 −1.4%
1900 29,898 14.6%
1910 36,147 20.9%
1920 43,347 19.9%
1930 60,095 38.6%
1940 89,490 48.9%
1950 194,182 117.0%
1960 357,395 84.1%
1970 660,567 84.8%
1980 665,071 0.7%
1990 729,268 9.7%
2000 801,515 9.9%
2010 863,420 7.7%
Est. 2012 881,138 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[26]
2012 Estimate[27]

Prince George's County is the wealthiest African American-majority county in the United States.[28][29] As of the estimated American Community Survey Census of 2008, there were 825,924 people, 298,439 households, and 198,047 families residing in the county.[30] The population density was 1,651/sq mi (638/km²). There were 308,929 housing units at an average density of 623/sq mi (241/km²).

2010[edit]

Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:[31]

2000[edit]

The racial makeup of the county was as of 2000:

By the 2008 estimates there were 298,439 households out of which 65.1% are family households and 34.9% were non-family households.[32] 36.4% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 19.60% had a female householder with no husband present. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 persons and the average family size was 3.25 persons.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 33.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 7.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county in 2008 was $71,696,[33] and the median income for a family was $81,908. The 2008 mean income for a family in the county was $94,360. As of 2000, males had a median income of $38,904 versus $35,718 for females. The 2008 per capita income for the county was $23,360. About 4.70% of families and 7.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over. Prince George's County is the 70th most affluent county in the United States by median income for families and the most affluent county in the United States with an African-American majority. Almost 38.8% of all households in Prince George's County, earned over $100,000 in 2008.[34]

As of the 2010 census the reported racial and ethnic composition of the county was 14.92% Non-Hispanic whites, 63.52% Non-Hispanic blacks, 0.49% Native Americans, 4.07% Asians, 0.06% Pacific Islanders, 0.25% Non-Hispanics reporting some other race, 2.05% Non-Hispanics reporting more than one race and 14.94% Hispanic.[35]

Education[edit]

30.1% of all residents over the age of 25 had graduated from college and obtained a bachelors degree (17.8%) or professional degree (12.2%).[32] 86.2% of all residents over the age of 25 were high school graduates or higher.

Religion[edit]

The county is home to more than 800 churches, including 12 megachurches,[36] as well as a number of mosques, synagogues, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Property belonging to religious entities makes up 3,450 acres (14.0 km2) of land in the county, or 1.8% of the total area of the county.[37]

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the County's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[38] the top private sector employers in the county are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 United Parcel Service 4,220
2 Giant 3,600
3 Verizon 2,738
4 Dimensions Healthcare System 2,500
5 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 2,000
6 Shoppers Food & Pharmacy 1,975
7 Safeway 1,605
8 Capital One Bank 1,456
9 Target 1,400
10 Doctor's Community Hospital 1,300
10 Southern Maryland Hospital Center 1,300

The top public sector employers in the county are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 University System of Maryland 16,014
2 Joint Base Andrews 8,057
3 Prince George's County 7,052
4 Internal Revenue Service 5,539
5 United States Census Bureau 4,287
6 Goddard Space Flight Center 3,171
7 Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center 1,850
8 National Maritime Intelligence Center 1,724
9 Prince George's Community College 1,700
10 NOAA 1,350

Crime[edit]

Winter snow falls in front of the main entrance to the Prince George's County courthouse at Upper Marlboro in January 2009.

Prince George's County accounted for 20% of murders in the state of Maryland from 1985 to 2006.[39] A twenty-year crime index trends study, performed by Prince George's County Police Department Information Resource Management, showed the county had a 23.1% increase in total crime for the years of 2000 to 2004. Between the years of 1984 to 2004, Prince George's had a 62.8% increase in total crime.[40]

However, as of 2009, crime had generally declined in the county[41] and the number of homicides declined from 151 in 2005 to 99 in 2009.[42][43]

Although crime had been declining, residents became alarmed when there were thirteen homicides during the first twelve days of 2011. This put added pressure on the police department to come up with a way to stop the violence.[44] By the end of January, the county experienced 16 homicides.

Violence continued into 2013 initially. The Washington Post reported that, as of February 20, Prince George's County already had 15 homicides in 2013, up from 10 on the same date in 2012.[45] However, as of the end of 2013, the County had experienced a record drop in crime, especially record lows in violent crimes.[46]

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

The University of Maryland System headquarters are in the unincorporated area of Adelphi.[47]

Public schools[edit]

The county's schools are managed by the Prince George's County Public Schools system.

Transportation[edit]

The County contains a large portion of the Capital Beltway. After a decades-long debate, construction began in late 2007 on an east-west toll freeway, the Intercounty Connector ("ICC"), which extends Interstate 370 in Montgomery County in order to connect I-270 with Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 in Laurel. The ICC was completed in 2012.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrobus fixed-route bus service and Metrorail heavy-rail passenger service in and out of the County as well as the regional MetroAccess paratransit system for the handicapped. The Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation also operates TheBus, a County-wide fixed-route bus system, and the Call-A-Bus service for passengers who do not have access to or have difficulty using fixed-route bus service. Call-A-Bus is a demand-response service which generally requires 14-days advance reservations. The County also offers a subsidized taxicab service for elderly and disabled residents called Call-A-Cab in which eligible customers who sign up for the service purchase coupons giving them a 50% discount with participating taxicab companies in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

Fifteen stations of the Washington Metro subway system are located in Prince George's County, with four of them as terminus stations: Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Largo, and Branch Avenue. There has been much debate on the construction of the Purple Line, which would link highly-developed areas of both Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Also worth noting is the potential expansion of the Green Line northward to Laurel and beyond.

The MARC Train (Maryland Area Rail Commuter) train service has two lines that traverse Prince George's County. The Camden Line runs between Baltimore Camden Station and Washington Union Station and has six stops in the county in Riverdale Park, College Park, Greenbelt, Muirkirk, Laurel and Laurel Racetrack. The Penn Line runs on the AMTRAK route between Baltimore Penn Station and Washington Union Station. It has three stops in the county: Bowie State, Seabrook, and New Carrollton.

The College Park Airport (est. 1909) is the world's oldest continuously operated airport, and has adjacent historical museum and an early aviation-themed restaurant.

Residents may use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore, and Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia.

Major highways[edit]

  • I-95.svg Interstate 95 enters the county at Laurel. It joins with Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) in College Park where it continues and leaves at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River.
  • I-495.svg Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) enters the county near Adelphi, and joins Interstate 95 at the College Park Interchange here it continues and leaves at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River.
  • US 1.svg U.S. 1 is a major north–south roadway running through the county, entering the county at Laurel and leaving at the state border with Washington, D.C. at Mount Rainier.
  • US 50.svg I-595.svg US 50 is a major limited-access highway that spans the county from east to west, entering at Cheverly and exiting at Bowie. This highway is also Interstate 595 from Interstate 495 eastward but there are no signs. However, the reconstruction of this highway was funded as an Interstate highway: 90% Federal funds and 10% Maryland funds.
  • US 301.svg US 301 also called Crain Highway, is a major divided roadway, entering with MD 5 near Brandywine, and continuing north where it merges with eastbound US 50 heading toward Annapolis and the Maryland eastern shore.
  • MD Route 295.svg State Route 295 is the hidden designation for the portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that runs north-south through the county. It runs from the intersection of Route 50 and MD 201 at the DC/MD line, and continues into Anne Arundel County to Baltimore.
  • MD Route 4.svg also called Pennsylvania Avenue, runs from the Maryland-DC border eastward into Anne Arundel County and south in Calvert County.
  • MD Route 5.svg also called Branch Avenue, runs from Maryland-DC border southeast through Charles County into St. Mary's County.
  • MD Route 214.svg also called Central Avenue, runs from Capitol Heights eastward through the center of the county, through Bowie, and into Anne Arundel County.
  • MD Route 202.svg also called Landover Road (north of 214) and Largo Road (south of 214), runs northward from the town of Upper Marlboro to Hyattsville.
  • MD Route 201.svg also called Kenilworth Avenue, runs north from the Maryland-DC border in Cheverly. After the intersection with Cherrywood Lane in Greenbelt, the name changes to Edmonston Road, which continues north until it ends in Laurel.
  • MD Route 410.svg also known as East-West Highway, stretches from the Prince George's County-Montgomery County border near Takoma Park to its end in Landover. In the town of Riverdale Park, it is called Riverdale Road.
  • MD Route 450.svg also called Annapolis Road, runs laterally from Hyattsville to Route 3 in Bowie.

Enterprises and recreation[edit]

Prince George's County is home to the United States Department of Agriculture's Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the United States Census Bureau, Andrews Air Force Base, the National Archives and Records Administration's College Park facility, the University of Maryland's flagship College Park campus, Six Flags America and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, FedEx Field (home of the Washington Redskins), and the National Harbor, which its developers, Peterson Companies and Gaylord Entertainment Company, bill as the largest single mixed-use project and combined convention center–hotel complex on the East Coast.

Media[edit]

  • WPGC-FM, Morningside, MD, take their P-G-C call letters from the name Prince George's County.

Recreation[edit]

Painted water tower at the Prince George's County Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD

Although Prince George's County is not often credited for the Washington Redskins, the Redskins stadium is in Landover. No other major-league professional sports teams are in the county, though Bowie hosts the Bowie Baysox, a minor league baseball team. The county is known for its very successful youth. In basketball, ESPN published an article declaring Prince George's County the new "Hoops Hot Bed" and ranked it as the number one basketball talent pool in the country.[49] A number of basketball prospects, including Ty Lawson, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert and Michael Beasley from AAU basketball teams such as the PG Jaguars, DC Assault, and DC Blue Devils. Besides AAU, basketball has skyrocketed from local high schools such as DeMatha Catholic High School and Bishop McNamara High School, both of which have found some great success locally and nationally.[citation needed]

Cities and towns[edit]

This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:

10 Cities 17 Towns
  1. Bowie (incorporated 1882)
  2. College Park (incorporated 1945)
  3. District Heights (incorporated 1936)
  4. Glenarden (incorporated 1939)
  5. Greenbelt (incorporated 1937)
  6. Hyattsville (incorporated 1886)
  7. Laurel (incorporated 1870)
  8. Mount Rainier (incorporated 1910)
  9. New Carrollton (incorporated 1953)
  10. Seat Pleasant (incorporated 1931)
  1. Berwyn Heights (incorporated 1896)
  2. Bladensburg (incorporated 1854)
  3. Brentwood (incorporated 1922)
  4. Capitol Heights (incorporated 1910)
  5. Cheverly (incorporated 1931)
  6. Colmar Manor (incorporated 1927)
  7. Cottage City (incorporated 1924)
  8. Eagle Harbor (incorporated 1929)
  9. Edmonston (incorporated 1924)
  10. Fairmount Heights (incorporated 1935)
  11. Forest Heights (incorporated 1945)
  12. Landover Hills (incorporated 1945)
  13. Morningside (incorporated 1949)
  14. North Brentwood (incorporated 1924)
  15. Riverdale Park (incorporated 1920)
  16. University Park (incorporated 1936)
  17. Upper Marlboro (incorporated 1870)

Part of the city of Takoma Park was formerly in Prince George's County, but since 1997 the city has been entirely in Montgomery County.[50] The part of Takoma Park that changed counties comprises two residential neighborhoods, Carole Highlands (part of this neighborhood is still in Prince George's County), and New Hampshire Gardens.

Unincorporated places[edit]

Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:

Other unincorporated places not listed as Census-Designated Places but known in the area include:

And two localities: Muirkirk (near Montpelier) and Chapel Oaks (near Fairmount Heights)

Sister cities[edit]

Prince George's County has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Notable people[edit]

Namesakes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Parker, Lonnae O'Neal; Wiggins, Ovetta (May 7, 2006). "'P.G.': Insult or Abbreviation?". Washington Post. p. C05. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Dinosaur Park Officially Dedicated and Opened To the Public". pgparks.com. Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ Roylance, Frank D. (October 29, 2009). "Where dinosaurs once walked". baltimoresun.com. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1696/7:1698, Volume 23, Page 23". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2007-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1696/7:1698, Volume 23, Page 23". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 05/04/2007. 
  8. ^ "Fight to Freedom: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Maryland from the Maryland State Archives". 
  9. ^ Records & Recollections – Early Black History in Prince George's County, Maryland by Bianca P. Floyd, M-NCPPC ©1989
  10. ^ PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY HITTING 300 Washington Post – Friday, April 19, 1996 Author: Larry Fox
  11. ^ "Substantial Changes to Counties and County Equivalent Entities: 1970–Present". Census Bureau. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  14. ^ Bloch, Matthew; Carter, Shan; McLean, Alan (2010-12-13). "Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census". New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  15. ^ Michael F., Dwyer (1974). Maryland Historic Trust Inventory Form For State Historic Sites Survey PG:71B-8. Silver Spring, Maryland: Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. p. 3. 
  16. ^ Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. 84–88. LCCN 85165028. 
  17. ^ "Bowie city, Maryland – Fact Sheet – American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  18. ^ "Submittal to the Maryland Department of Planning Regarding Conformance with SB 236". Prince George's County, Maryland. January 22, 2013. p. 7. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Prince George's County Planning". Coalition for Smart Growth. Retrieved 3 November 2011. [dead link]
  20. ^ Downs, Kat; Keating, Dan; Vaughn Kelso, Nathaniel. "Segregation Receding". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  21. ^ Tuss, Adam (2 April 2008). "Tourists Get Best of Both Worlds on New Ferry". WTOP. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Maryland Circuit Courts – Origin & Functions". Msa.md.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  23. ^ "Fitch Assigns 'AAA' Bond Rating to Prince George's County". Prince George's County, Maryland Homepage. August 26, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Baltimore, Prince George's Reign as State's Murder Capitals". Southern Maryland Online. April 24, 2007. 
  25. ^ "Maryland Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data: 1985–2006". Governor's Office of Crime Prevention & Control. Retrieved 2008-06-12. [dead link]
  26. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  28. ^ Howell, Tom Jr. (2006-04-18). "Census 2000 Special Report. Maryland Newsline, Census: Md. Economy Supports Black-Owned Businesses". University of Maryland. Philip Merrill College of Journalism. 
  29. ^ Chappell, Kevin (November 2006). "America's Wealthiest Black County". Ebony. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  30. ^ "Prince George's County, Maryland – Fact Sheet – American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  31. ^ a b c "2010 Demographic Profile Data – Prince George's County, Maryland". factfinder2.census.gov. 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  32. ^ a b American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. "Prince George's County, Maryland – Selected Social Characteristics in the United States: 2006–2008". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  33. ^ "Prince George's County QuickFacts from US Census Bureau". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  34. ^ American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. "Prince George's County, Maryland – Selected Economic Characteristics: 2006–2008". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  35. ^ "2010 Census report on race and ethnicity in Prince George's County, Maryland". Factfinder2.census.gov. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  36. ^ The Partnership for Prince George's. "The Partnership for Prince George's About Us". Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  37. ^ Harris, Sudarsan; Harris, Hamil R. (March 14, 2005). Tax Exempt and Growing, Churches Worry Pr. George's. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  38. ^ "CAR 2011" (PDF). Prince Geogre's County: Office of Finance of Prince George's County. June 2011. p. 22. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  39. ^ Virtually Everything, Inc. (2007-04-24). "Baltimore, Prince George's Reign as State's Murder Capitals – Southern Maryland Headline News". Somd.com. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  40. ^ [1][dead link]
  41. ^ "Crime in Prince George's is at lowest level since 1975, police say". Gazette.net. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  42. ^ "december08ucr_county.xls" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  43. ^ [2][dead link]
  44. ^ Zapotosky, Matt (January 12, 2011). "More slayings in Pr. George's, and police feel the heat". Washington Post. 
  45. ^ Zapotosky, Matt. "Spasm of violence leaves four people dead in Pr. George's; students among the victims". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  46. ^ Bell, Brad (2014-01-02). "Prince George's County violent crime drops for 3rd straight year Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/01/prince-george-s-county-violent-crime-drops-for-3rd-straight-year-98790.html#ixzz2uqxTbPif". WJLA-TV. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  47. ^ "Contact/Visit Us." University System of Maryland. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "3300 Metzerott Road Adelphi, MD 20783" – See also Directions to USM Office
  48. ^ Melissa J. Brachfeld (2007-12-19). "Preliminary work on ICC gets under way". The Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  49. ^ Palmer, Chris (December 17, 2008). "What's the hoops hotbed of the US right now? Chicago? No. LA? Nope. NYC? Sorry. Welcome to Prince George's County, MD". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  50. ^ Montgomery, David (November 8, 1995). "In a Montgomery State of Mind, Takoma Park Votes to Unify". Washington Post. 
  51. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°50′N 76°51′W / 38.83°N 76.85°W / 38.83; -76.85

Wikipedia content is licensed under the GFDL License

Mashpedia enables any individual or company to promote their own Youtube-hosted videos or Youtube Channels, offering a simple and effective plan to get them in front of our engaged audience.

Want to learn more? Please contact us at: hello@mashpedia.com

Powered by YouTube
LEGAL
  • Mashpedia © 2014