Berwyn Heights, Maryland

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Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Town
Town of Berwyn Heights
Official seal of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Seal
Motto: "A Tree City, U.S.A."
Location of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Location of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°59′38″N 76°54′44″W / 38.99389°N 76.91222°W / 38.99389; -76.91222Coordinates: 38°59′38″N 76°54′44″W / 38.99389°N 76.91222°W / 38.99389; -76.91222
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Area[1]
 • Total 0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)
 • Land 0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 3,123
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 3,181
 • Density 4,526.1/sq mi (1,747.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20740
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-06925
GNIS feature ID 0597078

Berwyn Heights (after the Berwyn mountain range in north-east Wales), officially the Town of Berwyn Heights, is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland.[4] The population was 3,123 at the 2010 United States Census.[5] It is bordered by College Park to the west, Greenbelt to the northeast, East Riverdale to the southwest, and Riverdale Park to the south.

History[edit]

Beginning in the 1870s, the area northeast of Washington, D.C. was the scene of active and continuous development as the population of the city increased and railroad suburbs such as Berwyn Heights, originally Charlton Heights, gradually grew and expanded around it. The O'Dea House, a home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the houses that was erected by the Charlton Heights Improvement Company to spur development of its new community.

Historic sites[edit]

The following is a list of historic sites in Berwyn Heights identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission:[6]

Site Name Image Location M-NCPPC Inventory Number Comment
1 Berwyn Heights Schoolhouse 5814 Ruatan Street 67-022-07
2 Cissel House 8911 57th Avenue 67-022-18
3 Cross House 5805 Ruatan Street 67-022-13
4 Kleiner House 5603 Ruatan Street 67-022-17
5 O’Dea House ODea House Dec 08.JPG 5804 Ruatan Street 67-022-11 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1987-06-04
6 Pickett House 8616 57th Avenue 67-022-16
7 Sportland 5933 Natasha Drive 67-005
8 Elwood J. Taylor House 8516 58th Avenue 67-022-21
9 Wetherald House 8411 58th Avenue 67-022-10
10 Wolfe House 5617 Ruatan Street 67-022-15

Geography[edit]

Berwyn Heights is located at 38°59′38″N 76°54′44″W / 38.99389°N 76.91222°W / 38.99389; -76.91222 (38.993810, -76.912344).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 228
1940 453 98.7%
1950 674 48.8%
1960 2,376 252.5%
1970 3,934 65.6%
1980 3,135 −20.3%
1990 2,952 −5.8%
2000 2,942 −0.3%
2010 3,123 6.2%
Est. 2015 3,280 [8] 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,123 people, 1,002 households, and 681 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,526.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,747.5/km2). There were 1,051 housing units at an average density of 1,523.2 per square mile (588.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 56.0% White, 15.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 8.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 14.4% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.1% of the population.

There were 1,002 households of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.0% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.42.

The median age in the town was 34.9 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.4% male and 47.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,942 people, 1,022 households, and 713 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,552.9 people per square mile (1,747.6/km²). There were 1,047 housing units at an average density of 1,620.3 per square mile (621.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.79% White, 12.00% African American, 0.54% Native American, 8.57% Asian, 8.23% Hispanic or Latino, 4.38% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races of the population.

There were 1,022 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $65,744, and the median income for a family was $69,013. Males had a median income of $42,525 versus $34,831 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,793. About 0.9% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Berwyn Heights is served by Prince George's County Public Schools. Berwyn Heights Elementary School is located in Berwyn Heights. Berwyn Heights is served by Berwyn Heights Elementary, Greenbelt Middle School (Greenbelt), and Parkdale High School (Riverdale Park).

Government[edit]

The Town Council consists of five members, who are elected every two years on an at-large plurality voting basis, to govern the Town of Berwyn Heights. The member of the council who received the most votes during the election becoming Mayor. The Mayor serves as the head of the government and presides at all Council meetings, but in other respects is an equal member of the Council. The Mayor Pro Tempore assumes the Mayoral duties in the absence of the Mayor.[11]

The current Mayor is Cheryl Jewitt. [12] The Town Administrator is Jessica Cowles.[13]

The town has a police department,[14] a public works department; and a code enforcement department.

Past Mayors[15][edit]

Berwyn Heights Senior Center
  • 1948-1952 Robert F. Burnette
  • 1952-1954 Charles G. Durbin
  • 1954-1956 Robert F. Burnette
  • 1956-1958 John P. Wintermoyer
  • 1958-1960 H. Dale Smith
  • 1960-1962 Clinton D. Walker
  • 1962-1966 George E. Lauterbach
  • 1966-1968 Kenneth C. Styers
  • 1968-1972 Harry L. Ballew
  • 1972-1974 George E. Lauterbach
  • 1974-1976 Jadie B. McDaugald
  • 1976-1978 Harry L. Ballew
  • 1978-1980 Jadie B. McDaugald
  • 1980-1982 Howard G. Wood
  • 1982-1992 William T. Armistead, Jr.
  • 1992-1998 Thomas J. Love
  • 1998-2000 William T. Armistead, Jr.
  • 2000-2001 Tawanna P. Gaines
  • 2001-2002 Ronald M. Shane
  • 2002-2003 Bradley S. Jewitt
  • 2003-2004 Patricia D. Dennison
  • 2004-2015 Cheye M. Calvo
  • 2015-2016 Jodie Kulpa-Eddy
  • 2016-Pres Cheryl Jewitt

Taxation[edit]

In 2005, the town became the first municipality in Maryland to establish a Public Safety Taxing District, which was authorized that year by the General Assembly. The district imposes a special tax on businesses to fund the cost of one full-time officer and brought the authorized strength of the department to eight officers. Over the past several years, the town has struggled to maintain its full strength due to increased competition for police officers in the region, and due to qualified police officers leaving the department to seek more reasonable positions. The Town has responded in recent years by increasing salaries and is considering joining the Maryland state pension system. At 48.6 cents per $100 per assessed value, Berwyn Heights retains one of the lowest real property tax rates in Prince George's County.

Civic Activities[edit]

The town also benefits from numerous town committees and organizations.[16] The town, as of October 2008, has joined a State Retirement Pension, for its employees, and police officers. This was done in order to try to compete and to retain the police officers.

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