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Greenbelt, Maryland

Introduction to Greenbelt, Maryland

Located in Prince Georges county, Greenbelt, Maryland, is 6 miles NW of Bowie, Maryland (center to center) and 11 miles NE of Washington, District of Columbia. The city has a population of 21,456 residents.

Greenbelt History

Greenbelt was one of the three "green" towns that were built as a part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal (the other two green towns are Greendale in Wisconsin and Greenhills in Ohio); the primary reason behind these New Deal additions was that these green towns would create a housing boom, improving the nation's economic condition by creating job opportunities. Rexford Guy Tugwell, head of America's Resettlement Administration, planned the city of Greenbelt in 1935. The city was officially incorporated into the state in 1937. As of now, this historic planned territory, commonly known as 'Old Greenbelt', is situated within the Greenbelt Historic District.

Greenbelt and nearby Attractions

  • Greenbelt Park
  • Greenbelt Museum
  • Arlington House
  • Agricultural History Farm Park
  • Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge

Things To Do In Greenbelt

Museums in the area include the Greenbelt Museum, Agricultural History Farm Park, and American Visionary Art Museum. The Arlington House and the Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge are close by. In addition, the Greenbelt Fall Fest is held by the city every October.

Greenbelt Transportation

The closest airport to the city is Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Greenbelt Higher Education

University of Maryland-University College, Catholic University of America, and Prince Georges Community College provide classes for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Greenbelt Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Greenbelt Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Greenbelt Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Greenbelt College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Greenbelt Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Greenbelt, Maryland

Comparing Greenbelt 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
Racial Diversity 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 5
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Age of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 7 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
People Above Poverty 5 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Working at Home 6 5
Short Commute Times 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Housing Recently Built 7 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Affordability of Rents 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 2 2
Low Violent Crime 2 3

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Greenbelt Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Bowie, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles NE of Washington, District of Columbia
County Prince Georges
Standard Zip Codes 20770
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20768
Company Zip Codes 20771
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.
Longitude -76.87

Greenbelt Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 4.4 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 4.5 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
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Greenbelt Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 21,456 100%
Male 10,272 47.9%
Female 11,184 52.1%
Under 18 4,696 21.9%
18+ 16,760 78.1%
65+ 1,444 6.7%
Median Age 31.9
Average Family Size 3
White 8,526 39.7%
African-American 8,871 41.3%
Asian 2,586 12.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 50 0.2%
Other 667 3.1%
Mixed Race 745 3.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,383 6.4%

Estimated Greenbelt Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,242
Growth 786
Growth % 3.7%

Greenbelt 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) 50%
German 5.9%
Irish 5.7%
English 4.8%
US/American 4.2%
African 3.4%
Nigerian 3.1%
Jamaican 2.6%
Italian 2.2%
Polish 1.4%
Russian 1.4%
Sierra Leonean 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Other Subsaharan African 1%
European 0.9%
Ghanian 0.8%
Scottish 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Norwegian 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Ethiopian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
West Indian 0.3%
Guyanese 0.3%
British 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Sudanese 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Barbadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Greenbelt 21,456 $55,671
Berwyn Heights 2,942 $69,013
Cheverly 6,433 $67,540
College Park 24,657 $62,759
Hyattsville 14,733 $51,625
Landover Hills 1,534 $55,938
New Carrollton 12,589 $56,696

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(As of 2005)
Greenway Shopping Center
7541 Greenbelt Rd.
7595 Greenbelt Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

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1. Laurel, Maryland 93.4   37.3% 6.7% 36.2% 35 $58,552 6.8% 47.8% 19,960 6.4% 52.4 0.3% 10.1
2. Renton, Washington 91.3   34.2% 10.2% 27.8% 29 $55,747 7% 31.9% 50,052 9.7% 96 0.4% 4.9
3. Smyrna, Georgia 89.6   38% 8.3% 40.3% 30 $53,821 6.9% 40.6% 40,999 8.9% 51.4 0.4% 5.1
4. Takoma Park, Maryland 89.5   32.4% 8.8% 49.6% 34 $63,434 7.2% 51.2% 17,299 10.3% 40.3 0.3% 5.1
5. Hyattsville, Maryland 88.3   30.5% 10.9% 26.6% 34 $51,625 6.9% 60.5% 14,733 10.9% 55.5 0.1% 6.4
6. Charlotte, North Carolina 87.8   29.5% 8.8% 36.4% 26 $56,517 7.1% 41.7% 540,828 10.6% 86.8 0.3% 13.5
7. Marietta, Georgia 87.2   33.4% 8.3% 34.1% 30 $47,340 7.9% 43.5% 58,748 15.7% 41.1 0.2% 5.2
8. Signal Hill, California 85.8   32.1% 7.2% 24.6% 27 $46,439 8.2% 54.5% 9,333 17.2% 73.1 0.5% 5.8
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