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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

Demographics

People

Total Population57,633
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+30,710
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.9%
Median Earnings25+$61,026
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,813
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,326

Wealth

Median Family Income$120,919
% Above Poverty Level96.7%
% Below Poverty Level3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation10.6%

Housing

People Living Alone25.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,803
Median House Value$303,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.1%
Irish7.6%
African7.2%
English5.2%
Italian4.2%
West Indian2.7%
Polish2.3%
Nigerian2.2%
Scottish1.6%
French Except Basque1.1%
Sierra Leone1%
Jamaican0.9%
Trinidad Tobago0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Russian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Guyanese0.4%
Ghanaian0.4%
Greek0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Arab0.3%
Ethiopian0.3%
Bahamian0.3%
Ugandan0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Somali0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Haitian0.1%
British0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Czech0.1%
German0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Liberian0.1%
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Bowie Almanac

CategoryValue
County Prince George's County
Standard Zip Codes20715, 20720, 20716, 20721
P.O. Box Zip Codes20718, 20719, 20717
Phone Area Codes301,240
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.99
Approximate Longitude-76.74

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)

StationGLENN DALE BELL STN
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 42 F
Apr Temp39 to 65 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches
StationUPPER MARLBORO 3 NNW
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp22 to 43 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip43.6 inches
StationNATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance12.7 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berwyn Heights3,242$107,576
Cheverly6,390$108,958
Glenarden6,110$74,716
Greenbelt23,623$76,114
Landover Hills1,890$71,328
New Carrollton12,727$64,440

Bowie Public Schools

Benjamin Tasker Middle School
4901 Collington Rd
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-2660
Middle
Total Enrollment 832
Bowie High
15200 Annapolis Rd
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-2600
High
Total Enrollment 2442
Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center
12711 Milan Way
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-2740
Primary
Total Enrollment 213
Kenilworth Elementary
12520 Kembridge Dr
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Rockledge Elementary
7701 Laurel Bowie Rd
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-2720
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Samuel Ogle Middle
4111 Chelmont Ln
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-2641
Middle
Total Enrollment 859
Tulip Grove Elementary
2909 Trainor Ln
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-2680
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Whitehall Elementary
3901 Woodhaven Ln
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-1000
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Yorktown Elementary
7301 Race Track Rd
ZIP: 20715
(301) 805-6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Heather Hills Elementary
12605 Heming Ln
ZIP: 20716
(301) 805-2730
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Northview Elementary
3700 Northview Drive
ZIP: 20716
(301) 218-1520
Primary
Total Enrollment 739
Pointer Ridge Elementary
1110 Parkington Ln
ZIP: 20716
(301) 390-0220
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
High Bridge Elementary
7011 High Bridge Rd
ZIP: 20720
(301) 805-2690
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Tall Oaks Vocational
2112 Church Rd
ZIP: 20721
(301) 390-0230
High
Total Enrollment 95

Bowie Private Schools

Belair Baptist Christian Academy
2801 Belair Dr
ZIP: 20715
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Bowie Montessori Childrens House
5004 Randonstone Ln
ZIP: 20715
Elementary
Total Enrollment 96
Cornerstone Christian Academy
16010 Annapolis Rd
ZIP: 20715
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
St Matthew's Early Education Center
14900 Annapolis Rd
ZIP: 20715
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
St Pius X School
14710 Annapolis Rd
ZIP: 20715
Elementary
Total Enrollment 660
Greater Mt Nebo Christian Academy
1001 Old Mitchellville Rd
ZIP: 20716
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Patuxent Montessori School
14210 Old Stage Rd
ZIP: 20720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
Victory Christian Academy
13701 Annapolis Rd
ZIP: 20720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
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