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 Population 31,730
Male Share of the Population 54.2%
Female Share of the Population 45.8%
Senior Citizens 5.3%
Employed Population 16+ 13,524
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 19.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.5%
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 Level 70.1%
% Below Poverty Level 29.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 24.5%
% Using Public Transportation 13.6%


People Living Alone 30.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,480
Median House Value $262,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.5%
Irish 10%

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

College Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles E of Silver Spring, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles NE of Washington, District of Columbia
County Prince Georges
Standard Zip Codes 20740
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20741
Company Zip Codes 20742
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.99
Longitude -76.93

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)

Distance 1.2 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 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 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

Location Population Median Family Income
Berwyn Heights 3,223 $108,795
Colmar Manor 1,693 $68,125
Edmonston 1,445 $57,125
Greenbelt 23,827 $69,705
Hyattsville 18,225 $66,127
University Park 2,624 $159,545

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

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