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Overview

Introduction to Bowie, Maryland

The Maryland city of Bowie is located in Prince George's County, only 15 miles east of Washington, D.C. and 30 miles south of Baltimore. Major highways in or near the city include U.S. Routes 50 and 301, and Maryland State Highways 3, 193, 197, 214, and 450.

The origins of Bowie trace back to 1870, when a community formed around a local railroad stop where the B&O Railroad tracks to Washington branched off from their main line. The railroad station was called Bowie in honor of local resident Governor Oden Bowie; however, the name of its surrounding town was Huntington City. Huntington City was incorporated as a town in 1874, but its charter was later amended to change the town's name to Bowie. In 1916, Bowie was incorporated and then re-incorporated as a city in 1963 after annexing the adjacent residential community of "Belair at Bowie," which had been developed by the firm of Levitt and Sons on the former Belair Estate, once a colonial plantation of Governor Samuel Ogle. Also part of the Estate was Belair Stable, once the oldest continually operated thoroughbred horse farm in the country. Over the years, Bowie has grown from a small agricultural and railroad town to become what it is today: one of Maryland's largest and fastest growing cities.

Points of Interest in Bowie

Bowie enjoys a rich historic and cultural heritage which is reflected in the city's array of historic sites. The Belair Mansion is a beautiful five-part Georgian plantation house which has been restored to reflect is 250-year old legacy. The Belair Stable Museum, former home of Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and Omaha as well as many other well-known thoroughbreds, has been restored and is now open as a museum. The Bowie Railroad Station and Huntington Museum, relocated from its original site across the railroad tracks and restored in the 1990s, reflects the Bowie's origins as the site around which the city grew. The Radio and Television Museum chronicles the growth of the media from Marconi's earliest wireless telegraph to the primitive crystal and then cathedral-type radios to the post-War transistor radios and finally to the development of television.

Other city attractions include the newly renovated City of Bowie Ice Arena, a year round ice skating facility which also houses an annual Home Show. The Bowie Playhouse is a 150-seat theater which provides quality live theater entertainment to area residents. The Amphitheater at Allen Pond Park is an open air theater which hosts many musical, dance, and other types of performances throughout the summer months. The Bowie Skate Park is a 10,000 square foot concrete skating facility open for skateboard and inline skating.

Bowie residents and visitors are only minutes away from Washington, D.C. and its plethora of attractions. These include the following:

  • The Library Of Congress
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
  • The White House and Capitol Building
  • The National Air and Space Museum
  • Washington Sailing Marina
  • Library Of Congress
  • The Washington Monument
  • Washington Sailing Marina
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • Ford's Theatre
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Capital Children's Museum
  • The Folger Theatre
  • The National Zoo
  • The National Museum of American History
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Sports fans in Bowie can cheer for their local pro baseball team, the Bowie Baysox, a minor league Class Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Baysox belong to the Eastern League and play their home games at the city's Prince George's Stadium. Major league action can be found in two nearby places: the cities of Baltimore and Washington. Teams which reside in these two cities include the following:

  • Baseball (MLB): Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals
  • Football (NFL): Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins
  • Hockey (NHL): Washington Capitals
  • Basketball: ABA's Baltimore Pearls, NBA's Washington Wizards, and WNBA's Washington Mystics
  • Soccer: Major Indoor Soccer League's Baltimore Blast and Major League Soccer's DC United (Washington)
  • Lacrosse (MLL): Baltimore Bayhawks

People

Total Population 56,885
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 30,351
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.8%
Median Earnings25+ $59,437
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,224
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,250

Wealth

Median Family Income $120,240
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 10.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,771
Median House Value $292,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 6%
Irish 8.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bowie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles E of Washington, District of Columbia
County Prince Georges
Standard Zip Codes 20715, 20716, 20720, 20721
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20717, 20718, 20719
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.96
Longitude -76.76

Bowie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GLENN DALE BELL STN
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches
Station UPPER MARLBORO 3 NNW
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bowie, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

South Bowie (20716)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berwyn Heights 3,223 $108,795
Cheverly 6,368 $111,007
Glenarden 6,212 $58,222
Greenbelt 23,827 $69,705
Landover Hills 1,903 $69,044
New Carrollton 12,542 $61,735

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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301-805-2600
Serves 2,758 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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301-860-7360
Serves 1,675 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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2112 CHURCH RD
301-390-0230
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Serves 155 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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