District Heights, Maryland
|District Heights, Maryland|
|City of District Heights|
Location of District Heights, Maryland
|Country||United States of America|
|• Total||0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)|
|• Land||0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||266 ft (81 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||5,949|
|• Density||6,276.3/sq mi (2,423.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||20747, 20753|
|GNIS feature ID||0597330|
District Heights is an incorporated city in Prince George's County, Maryland, located near Maryland Route 4. The population was 5,837 at the 2010 United States Census. For more information, see the separate articles on Forestville, Maryland and Suitland.
District Heights is 9.85 miles (15.85 km) away from central Washington, D.C.
District Heights is located at (38.859545, −76.889139).
District Heights was originally farm land owned by Major Leander P. Williams, purchased as four patented Lord Baltimore tracts known as: "Good Luck", "Magruder's Plains Enlarged", "the Levels", and "Offutt's Adventure". Under grants issued to Lord Baltimore by King Charles I of England, the tracts belonged to Colonel Ninian Beall, Benjamin Berry, and Alexander Magruder. District heights evolved from one of the four patents. In 1925 land purchased and formed into District Heights Company by Joseph Tepper, David L. Blanken, Henry Oxenberg, Gilbert Leventhal, Simon Gordon, and Simon Gerber. The land was farmed by Walter and Al Dustin, whose farmhouse stood at 7116 Foster Street. By 1925 streets laid out first three blocks of Halleck Street and Aztec. By 1936, the city had approximately 25 homes built, two businesses, a grocery store and filling station, a pump house and water tower to furnish the water and pressure for the City, a sewage system and a free Model T bus service to 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,837 people, 2,050 households, and 1,505 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,276.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,423.3/km2). There were 2,212 housing units at an average density of 2,378.5 per square mile (918.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 6.0% White, 90.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.
There were 2,050 households of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 32.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.6% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.31.
The median age in the city was 35.8 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,958 people, 2,070 households, and 1,538 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,649.1 people per square mile (2,556.0/km²). There were 2,170 housing units at an average density of 2,421.7 per square mile (930.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 9.20% White, 87.95% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.
There were 2,070 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 28.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $52,331, and the median income for a family was $61,220. Males had a median income of $37,129 versus $32,443 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,190. About 4.5% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
- Lloyd R. Woodson, arrested in 2010 with military-grade illegal weapons he intended to use in a violent crime, and a detailed map of the Fort Drum military installation.
- NaVorro Bowman, former outside linebacker at Penn State University and current inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers was born and attended high school in Forestville.
- East Coast Rapist, Aaron H. Thomas, lived in District Heights/Forestville from June 1994 to August 2006.
- LaTonya Swann, winner of BET's Born To Dance : Laurieann Gibson was born and raised in District Heights.
The city is governed by a mayor and city commission elected every 4 years.
Current Elected Mayor and City Commission
Mayor James L. Walls, Jr.; Commissioner Eddie Martin (Ward 2); Commissioner Cynthia Miller (Ward 1); Commissioner Jack Sims (Ward 1); Commissioner Harryette Irving (Ward 2)
The District Heights Police Department (DHPD) is the primary law enforcement agency. An agreement exists with Prince George's County Police Department and the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office that outlines mutual aid assistance. Assistance is also provided by neighboring municipal agencies
The current Chief of Police is Elliot Gibson Sr. Former Chief Alexander was appointed to the position in 2012 and served as the acting Chief for almost a year before being fully appointed to the position and sworn in as Chief in 2013. Current Chief Elliot Gibson Sr. was appointed on May 5, 2014 after elections and Former Chief was let go. The DHPD is supposed to have at least of 12 sworn officers, but only currently have 6 on duty, 2 non-sworn city code enforcement officers, and 1 administrative assistant.
Elementary schools that serve the city include:
- District Heights Elementary School
- Formerly included District Heights Parkway Elementary, whose building makes up half the current school, and which fed primary grades to District Heights Elementary following 2nd or 3rd grade
- North Forestville Elementary School
Middle schools that serve the city include:
- Andrew Jackson Academy (K-8)
- Drew-Freeman Middle School (7-8)
- Samuel P. Massie Academy (PreK-8)
High schools that serve the city include:
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- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: District Heights, Maryland
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- About Us
- "Prince George's County Public Schools Board of Education".
- Official website
- Maryland State Archives District Heights site
- District Heights Police Department homepage