Bowie, Maryland

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Bowie, Maryland

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

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High Points

Bowie strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maryland):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Bowie Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Bowie People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Bowie Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Bowie Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Bowie Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Bowie College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Bowie Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Bowie, Maryland

Comparing Bowie to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maryland (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Age of the Population 7 6
Racial Diversity 6 8
Male Share of the Population 3 6
Senior Citizens 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
People Living Alone 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Bowie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 50,269 100%
Male 24,014 47.8%
Female 26,255 52.2%
Under 18 13,530 26.9%
18+ 36,739 73.1%
65+ 4,706 9.4%
Median Age 36.3
Average Family Size 3.16
White 31,492 62.6%
African-American 15,500 30.8%
Asian 1,482 2.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 150 0.3%
Other 470 0.9%
Mixed Race 1,158 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,468 2.9%

Estimated Bowie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 53,878
Growth 3,609
Growth % 7.2%

Bowie Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.7%
Irish 11.8%
German 11.1%
English 6.9%
Italian 6.3%
US/American 5.2%
Polish 2.5%
European 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Scottish 1.4%
Russian 0.8%
French Canadian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
African 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
British 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Jamaican 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Nigerian 0.4%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Guyanese 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bowie 50,269 $82,403
Berwyn Heights 2,942 $69,013
Cheverly 6,433 $67,540
Glenarden 6,318 $45,932
Greenbelt 21,456 $55,671
Landover Hills 1,534 $55,938
New Carrollton 12,589 $56,696

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Bowie Town Center
3924 Town Center Boulevard
4100 Northview Dr

Wal-mart in Bowie

(As of 2006)
3300 Nw Crain Hwy
(301) 805-8850
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Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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Serves 155 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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