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.


Total Population31,730
Male Share of the Population54.2%
Female Share of the Population45.8%
Senior Citizens5.3%
Employed Population 16+13,524
Age of the Population22


% of people married19.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.5%
Median Earnings25+$40,084
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,379
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,878


Median Family Income$84,848
% Above Poverty Level70.1%
% Below Poverty Level29.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work24.5%
% Using Public Transportation13.6%


People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,480
Median House Value$262,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

College Park Almanac

Nearest Medium City 5 miles E of Silver Spring, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City8 miles NE of Washington, District of Columbia
CountyPrince Georges
Standard Zip Codes20740
P.O. Box Zip Codes20741
Company Zip Codes20742
Phone Area Codes301
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

College Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

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
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
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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, College Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Berwyn (20740)

North College Park (20740)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berwyn Heights3,223$108,795
Colmar Manor1,693$68,125
University Park2,624$159,545

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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