District Heights, Maryland

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District Heights, Maryland
City
City of District Heights
Official seal of District Heights, Maryland
Seal
Location of District Heights, Maryland
Location of District Heights, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°51′34″N 76°53′21″W / 38.85944°N 76.88917°W / 38.85944; -76.88917Coordinates: 38°51′34″N 76°53′21″W / 38.85944°N 76.88917°W / 38.85944; -76.88917
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,837
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 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
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-23025
GNIS feature ID 0597330
Website http://www.districtheights.org/

District Heights is an incorporated city in Prince George's County, Maryland, located near Maryland Route 4.[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.

Geography[edit]

District Heights is located at 38°51′34″N 76°53′21″W / 38.85944°N 76.88917°W / 38.85944; -76.88917 (38.859545, −76.889139)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.93 square miles (2.41 km2), all of it land.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Bordering areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[6] 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.

Notable residents[edit]

Government[edit]

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. (At-Large); Commissioner Eddie Martin (Ward 2); Commissioner Willie Calhoun (Ward 1); Commissioner Jack Sims (Ward 1); Commissioner Lee Collins (Ward 2)

Law enforcement[edit]

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[7]

The current Chief of Police is Yolanda Alexander. 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. The DHPD has a complement of 10 sworn officers, 2 non-sworn city code enforcement officers, and 1 administrative assistant.[8]

Education[edit]

The city is served by the Prince George's County Public Schools.

Elementary schools that serve portions of the city limits include:

  • District Heights Elementary School[9]
    • 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[10]

All of the city limits is zoned to:

  • Drew-Freeman Middle School[11]

High schools that serve portions of the city limits include:

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