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Overview

Introduction to College Park, Maryland

College Park, Maryland, in Prince Georges county, is 5 miles E of Silver Spring, Maryland and 8 miles NE of Washington, D.C.

College Park History

College Park was established in 1856. It was named agyer the Maryland Agricultural College, which was founded in the area in 1807. The original Baltimore & Ohio railroad line, which connected Baltimore and Washington D. C., passed through this area. In 1943, the Washington Senators organized a Spring Training camp in College Park. A municipal charter for the city was granted in 1945, and it was incorporated the same year. College Park is the site of the oldest continuously operating airport in the country, which was established in 1909. The city is also home to the University of Maryland-College Park. In September of 2001, a violent F3 tornado hit the area causing massive property damage and killing two people.

College Park and nearby Attractions

  • College Park Aviation Museum
  • Cady-Lee Mansion
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Zoo
  • Brookside Gardens
  • Fort Washington National Park

Things To Do In College Park

The city of College Park is home to a large number of places that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Baker-Holliday House, the Bowers-Sargent House, the National Archives Archeological Site, Rossborough Inn and the College Park Airport. The College Park Aviation Museum's gallery is a replica of the Wright Brothers' hangar that housed their first military airplane. Lake Artemesia is a popular destination in the College Park area. Other popular nearby attractions include the 40-acre preserve Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge, the National Arboretum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the National Zoo and the Six Flags America amusement park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Rock Creek Park Golf Course, the Langston Golf Course, the University of Maryland Golf Course or at the Sligo Creek Golf Course. College Park hosts the International Fall Festival and a 4th of July Celebration every year.

College Park Transportation

Washington Reagan National is the nearest major airport.

College Park Higher Education

The University of Maryland is located in College Park. Other nearby universities include Catholic University, George Washington University and Howard University.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,186
Male Share of the Population53%
Female Share of the Population47%
Senior Citizens6.2%
Employed Population 16+14,504
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married20.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47.3%
Median Earnings25+$41,139
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,045
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,239

Wealth

Median Family Income$100,151
% Above Poverty Level73.2%
% Below Poverty Level26.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work21.3%
% Using Public Transportation13.8%

Housing

People Living Alone31.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,585
Median House Value$287,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42%
German8.8%
Irish8.4%
Italian4.6%
Polish4.2%
English3.6%
African2.8%
Russian2.3%
French Except Basque1.7%
West Indian1.6%
Scottish1.4%
Dutch0.8%
Jamaican0.8%
Greek0.8%
Arab0.7%
Ukrainian0.5%
Ethiopian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Nigerian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Israeli0.2%
Liberian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
British0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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College Park Almanac

CategoryValue
County Prince George's County
Standard Zip Codes20740
P.O. Box Zip Codes20741
Company Zip Codes20742
Phone Area Codes240, 301
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.99
Approximate Longitude-76.93

College Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCOLLEGE PARK
Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp26 to 42 F
Apr Temp44 to 66 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 69 F
Annual Precip44.2 inches
StationNATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance6.9 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
StationWASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp27 to 43 F
Apr Temp46 to 66 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berwyn Heights3,250$110,039
Colmar Manor1,527$62,083
Edmonston1,580$56,471
Greenbelt23,289$79,482
Hyattsville18,225$71,098
University Park2,645$153,125

College Park Public Schools

Hollywood Elementary
9811 49th Ave
ZIP: 20740
(301) 513-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Paint Branch Elementary
5101 Pierce Ave
ZIP: 20740
(301) 513-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 377

College Park Private Schools

Al-huda School
5301 Edgewood Rd
ZIP: 20740
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 512
Berwyn Christian School
4700 Cherokee St
ZIP: 20740
Elementary
Total Enrollment 85
College Park Nursery School
4512 College Ave
ZIP: 20740
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Dr
ZIP: 20740
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
Holy Redeemer School
4903 Berwyn Rd
ZIP: 20740
Elementary
Total Enrollment 248
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