District Heights, Maryland

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District Heights, Maryland

Introduction to District Heights, Maryland

District Heights, Maryland, in Prince Georges county, is 8 miles E of Washington, D.C.. The city’s population is 5,958.

District Heights History

District Heights was originally a farm land owned by Major Leander P. Williams. Joseph Tepper, Henry Oxenberg, Simon Gordon, David L. Blanken, Gilbert Leventhal and Simon Gerber purchased the land in 1925. The city was incorporated on May 4, 1936. Jack C. Sims, the city’s first African American mayor, was elected in 1997.

District Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Six Flags America
  • U.S. Botanic Garden
  • Rosaryville State Park
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Airmen Memorial Museum
  • United States National Arboretum

Things To Do In District Heights

Local museums include the National Museum of the American Indian, the Surratt Museum, the Airmen Memorial Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture. The U.S. Botanic Garden, the United States National Arboretum and Six Flags America are other popular nearby recreational spots. The Rosaryville State Park and Anacostia Park are some of the local parks.

District Heights Transportation

Washington Reagan National is the nearest major airport.

District Heights Higher Education

The University of Maryland, Catholic University and Prince Georges Community College are some of the local colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

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Comparative Profile of District Heights, Maryland

Comparing District Heights 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
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 4
Racial Diversity 5 4
Age of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 2
Male Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 8 7
People Above Poverty 7 8
College Educated Adults 3 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Working at Home 1 2
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Affordability of Rents 4 5
People Living Alone 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 4 5
Low Violent Crime 3 5

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District Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles E of Washington, District of Columbia
County Prince Georges
Standard Zip Codes 20747
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20753
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.85
Longitude -76.88

District Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.3 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 10 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
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District Heights Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,958 100%
Male 2,736 45.9%
Female 3,222 54.1%
Under 18 1,833 30.8%
18+ 4,125 69.2%
65+ 477 8%
Median Age 33.6
Average Family Size 3.36
White 548 9.2%
African-American 5,240 87.9%
Asian 51 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 12 0.2%
Mixed Race 100 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 29 0.5%

Estimated District Heights Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,296
Growth 338
Growth % 5.7%

District Heights 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) 87.6%
German 1.9%
Irish 1.8%
English 1.7%
African 1.5%
Jamaican 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Italian 0.8%
US/American 0.8%
Polish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
District Heights 5,958 $61,220
Capitol Heights 4,138 $53,826
Cheverly 6,433 $67,540
Morningside 1,295 $61,364
New Carrollton 12,589 $56,696
Seat Pleasant 4,885 $45,332
Suitland-Silver Hill 33,515 $43,635

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1. Hillside, New Jersey 87.8   17.9% 11.1% 18.5% 29 $64,635 6.4% 60% 21,747 5.3% 36.6 0.1% 5.6
2. Magnolia, New Jersey 86   23.7% 12.8% 12.2% 30 $50,791 6.8% 23% 4,409 7.9% 28.4 0.2% 5.7
3. Suisun City, California 83.7   14.2% 5.7% 17.3% 37 $63,616 7.7% 55.6% 26,118 6.5% 24 0.1% 3.9
4. Northglenn, Colorado 82.8   23.1% 10.2% 19.4% 30 $52,888 7.3% 17% 31,575 5.4% 63.1 0.2% 3.6
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6. American Canyon, California 81   19.3% 13.4% 16.7% 33 $61,536 6.2% 40.8% 9,774 8.8% 33.4 0.1% 2.8
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