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City of Bowie

  •   State: 
    Prince George's County
      County FIPS: 
    38°57′53″N 76°44′40″W
      Area total: 
    20.55 sq mi (53.22 km²)
      Area land: 
    20.44 sq mi (52.95 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.11 sq mi (0.27 km²)
    154 ft (47 m)
    1882; Incorporated 1882
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,853.25 residents per square mile of area (1,101.66/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Bowie is the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014, CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live (in the United States) list. Bowie has an area of 16 miles (41 km²) and about 50,000 residents with nearly 2,000 acres (8.8 km) set aside as parks or open space. Bowie is home to the Belair Stud, one of the premier racing stables in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. It also contains the original Belair Mansion (circa 1745), the five-part Georgian plantation house of Governor Samuel Ogle and his son Governor Benjamin Ogle. It was purchased in 1898 by the wealthy banker James T. Woodward who, on his passing in 1910, left it to his nephew, William Woodward, Sr., who became a famous horseman. Restored to reflect its 250-year-old legacy, the Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town of Bowie was incorporated in 1916 and re-incorporated as a city in 1963. In 2006, the city reopened the Bowie Association Building, a small brick and brick structure constructed in 1930. It is located at the junction of the Baltimore and Potomac's main line to southern Maryland, and the branch line to Washington, D.C. The city's rail history is on display via the Huntington Railroad Museum, within the local rail station.


Bowie is the primary city name, but also Mitchellville are acceptable city names or spellings, S Bowie, South Bowie on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is City of Bowie. Bowie owes its existence to the railway. It is home to the Bowie Baysox, a professional baseball team affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles. The Belair Estate contains the five-part Georgian plantation house of Governor Samuel Ogle and his son Governor Benjamin Ogle. The Bowie Race Track enabled the Belair Stud to become one of Maryland's premier areas for thoroughbreds in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Bowie has an area of 16 square miles (41 km²) and about 50,000 residents. It has 72 ball fields, three community centers, an ice arena at Allen Pond Park, the Bowie Town Center for the 800-seat Performing Arts, a 150-seat theatrical playhouse, and three museums. In 2006, the city's rail station reopened the Bowie Building, a small brick and brick building constructed circa 1930, as a Welcome Center. In 2015, Bowie captured their first Eastern League Championship, defeating the Reading Fightsox in their first game of the Eastern League Fightin' Championship. The Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company began the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland, terminating in Pope's Creek in 1869. In 1880, Huntington City was rechartered as Bowie, named for Colonel Bowie's son and business partner Oden Bowie, the former Governor of Maryland. In 1957, the firm of Levitt and Sons acquired the nearby Belair estate and developed the residential community of Belair at Bowie. Two years later the town of Bowie annexed the Levitt properties and then re-incorporated the now-larger area as a city in 1963.


Bowie is located at 38°5753N 76°4440W (38.964727, 76.744531) The city has a total area of 18.51 square miles (47.94 km²), of which 18.43 square miles is land and 0.08 square mile (0.21 km²) is water. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bowie has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. ZIP codes for mail delivery in Bowie are: 20715, 20716, 20717, 20718, 20719, 20720, 20721, 20722, 20723, 20724, 20725, 20726, 20727, 20728, 20729, 20730, 20731, 20732, 20734, 20735, 20736, 20737, 20738, 20739, 20740, 20741, 20742, 20743, 20744, 20745, 20746, 20747, 20748, 20749, 20750, 20751, 20752, 20753, 20754, 20755, 20756, 20757, 20758, 20759, 20760, 20761, 20762, 20763, 20764, 20765, 20766, 20768, 20769, 20770, 20771, 20772, 20773, 20774, 20775, 20776, 20777, 20778, 20779, 20780, 20781, 20782, 20783, 20784, 20785, 20787, 20788, 20789, 20790, 20791, 20792, 20793, 20794, 20795, 20796, 20797, 20798, 20799, 20710, 20711, 20712, 20713, 20714,20715,20716,20717,20718,20719,20720, 20720,20721,20722,20723,20724,20725,20726,20727,20728,20729,20730,20731,20732,20734,20735,20736,20737,20738,20739,20740,20741,20742,20744,20745,20746,20747,20748,20749,20750.


As of the census of 2010, there were 54,727 people, 19,950 households, and 14,264 families residing in the city. The ethnic makeup of the city was 41.4% White, 48.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. The median income for a household in theCity was $99,105, and the median incomes for a family was $109,157. The city ranked 7th by per capita income in Prince George's County, Maryland. The 2020 US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.23, according to the 2010 census. The per capita incomes for the city were $30,703. About 0.7%. of families and 1.6%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 1%.8%. of those age 65 or over. The 2010 census ranked the city 7th in the state. The 2011 census ranked it 6th in Maryland, with the median income of $30.703. The 2012 census ranking put the city at 7th. The 2013 census ranking placed the city 6th.


The City of Bowie operates under a council-manager government as established by the city charter. The U.S. Postal Service operates multiple post offices including Mitchellville, West Bowie, and Bowie/Mitchellville Carrier Annex (adjacent to the city limits) The primary law enforcement agency for the city is the Bowie Police Department aided by the Prince George's County Police, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department, and the Sheriff's Office as directed by authority. The mayor and council are responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, voting appropriations, and having overall supervisory authority in the city government. The city is located in the Maryland suburbs of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and has a population of about 3,000. The population of Bowie is about 2,000, with the majority of residents living in the Bowie CDP, which has an estimated population of 1,800. The City of Baltimore is located on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, which runs through the city. It is the only city in Maryland with a population over 1,000 in the state of Maryland. It also has the largest number of residents in the United States, with more than 1,200 residents living within the city's borders. It has one of the highest crime rates in the nation, with a rate of more than 20 per cent in the last three years. Bowie is home to the National Park Service, which operates a number of facilities in Maryland and Maryland, including the National Capital Park and Recreation Center and the Maryland State Police.


Bowie is served by several highways. The most prominent of these is Interstate 595/U.S. Route 50, the John Hanson Highway, which follows an eastwest route through the city. Other state highways serving the city include Maryland Route 197, Maryland Route 214, MarylandRoute 450 and Maryland Route 564. Bowie State station on MARC's Penn Line is the city's only station. It is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Seaboard. The city is also on the National Highway System, which links to Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. It also has connections to Baltimore, Baltimore City, and Frederick, Maryland, as well as to Waldorf and La Plata, Maryland and to Annapolis and Maryland's Eastern Shore. It has a population of 2.2 million, making it one of the smallest cities in the United States to be named in the city of Bowie. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the early 1900s. Bowie was the first city in the state to be declared a U.S.-designated state, and the first in Maryland to have a state highway system. The first state highway to enter the city was Maryland Route 200, which was built in the mid-19th century. Bowie is the only city in Maryland that has a post-World War II airport, which opened in the late 1930s.


According to the city's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are: The city's largest employers are: City Hall, City Hall and City Hall-owned businesses. The city also has a large number of non-profit organizations and other non-profits. The largest employer is the Chamber of Commerce, which has more than 1,000 employees. The biggest employer is a private-sector company with more than 2,000 workers. The second-largest employer is state and local government, with over 1,200 employees, and the third-largest employers are state and city-owned companies. The fourth-largest is the city-run hospital, with about 1,100 employees. It is the largest employer of women, followed by state and county government. The fifth-largest Employer is state-owned business, with around 1,500 employees. In total, the city has about 2,700 employees, including 1,400 government employees and 1,600 non-government employees. There are about 1.4 million people living in and around the city, according to the 2018 Comprehensive annual financial report. It has a population of more than 100,000 people. It's the largest city in the state, with 1.5 million residents. It also has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. and the lowest rate of any city in New York state. The economy is one of the fastest growing in the United States, with an unemployment rate of 0.7 percent.


Bowie is within the Prince George's County Public Schools system. Area residents are zoned to Benjamin Tasker Middle School or Samuel Ogle Middle School, and Bowie High School. Some Bowie residents also attend Eleanor Roosevelt High School in their STEM program.Elementary schools in Bowie include Heather Hills, Kenilworth, Northview, Pointer Ridge, Rockledge, Tulip Grove, Whitehall, and Yorktown Elementary Schools. Two special education centers are Chapel Forge and C. Elizabeth Reig.Bowie State University, located north of Bowie, has been open since 1865. Bowie has two public libraries: Bowie Branch and South Bowie Branch. Bowie is home to several private schools: Bowie School of Music, Bowie Christian School of the Arts, and Bowie Christian School for the Performing Arts. Bowie also has a private school, Bowie Preparatory School, which was founded in the early 1900s. The Bowie Public Library System has two branches in Bowie: one in Bowie and the other in South Bowie. Bowie's public library system is run by Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, which operates two branches: the Bowie Branch library and the South Bowie branch. The library system also operates a special education center, Chapel Forge, and a voc/tech school, Tall Oaks High School, in the town of Woodmore. The town has a number of private schools, including Bowie State University and Bowie College of Pharmacy, which is located in the city's downtown area. The city's public libraries are run by the Bowie Public School System, a non-profit organization.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland = 14.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 53. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 79. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Bowie = 4.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 58,329 individuals with a median age of 37.8 age the population grows by 2.58% in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,853.25 residents per square mile of area (1,101.66/km²). There are average 2.71 people per household in the 18,857 households with an average household income of $95,393 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.50% of the available work force and has dropped -5.42% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.66%. The number of physicians in Bowie per 100,000 population = 141.8.


The annual rainfall in Bowie = 43.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 16.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 110. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 88 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 42, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland which are owned by the occupant = 80.60%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 24 years with median home cost = $285,320 and home appreciation of -13.87%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.07 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,729 per student. There are 15.5 students for each teacher in the school, 904 students for each Librarian and 349 students for each Counselor. 6.51% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 27.96% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 15.70% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bowie's population in Prince George's County, Maryland of 6,843 residents in 1900 has increased 8,52-fold to 58,329 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.25% female residents and 47.75% male residents live in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland.

    As of 2020 in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland are married and the remaining 37.13% are single population.

  • 38.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Bowie require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    75.27% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.70% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 6.35% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.68% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland, 80.60% are owner-occupied homes, another 15.29% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.11% are vacant.

  • The 29.83% of the population in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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