Bryans Road, Maryland

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Bryans Road, Maryland
Location of Bryans Road, Maryland
Location of Bryans Road, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°37′41″N 77°4′54″W / 38.62806°N 77.08167°W / 38.62806; -77.08167Coordinates: 38°37′41″N 77°4′54″W / 38.62806°N 77.08167°W / 38.62806; -77.08167
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.380 sq mi (39.834 km2)
 • Land15.380 sq mi (39.834 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
177 ft (54 m)
 • Total7,244
 • Density470/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)301
FIPS code24-10925
GNIS feature ID0589840

Bryans Road is a census-designated place (CDP) in Charles County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 7,244,[1][1][2][3] up from 4,912 at the 2000 census.

Bryans Road was named after Oliver Norris Bryan, a 19th-century farmer and scientist who owned and operated Locust Grove Farm near Marshall Hall, Maryland.[4] The area consisted mostly of tobacco farms until the establishment of the Naval Proving Grounds at Indian Head in 1890. Some commercial establishments came about by the early 1920s, when the name "Bryans Road" first appeared on maps.[4] The construction of Maryland Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) during World War II brought new traffic. By the early 1960s, Bryans Road became an established bedroom community for both Indian Head and Washington, D.C..[4]

At the main intersection of Bryans Road, a shopping center includes supermarkets, gas stations, and assorted retail stores that serve the community.[5] Local residents commute to work at the Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, while others commute to employment centers throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In 1998, plans for a massive housing development project at Chapman's Landing were thwarted by the Maryland state government, which bought the property to preserve green space under its smart growth policy.[6]

Marshall Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976,[7] and Mount Aventine was listed in the Register in 1996.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.380 square miles (39.834 km2),[2][3] all of which consists of land.[8] The central part of the community is now dominated by a large water tower just behind the fire department. Maryland Airport, the only airport in Charles County, is located nearby in Pomonkey.

The Charles County Board of Commission commissioned a review to study the cross-county connector, a proposed road to link Maryland Route 5 south of Waldorf to Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road, to address traffic congestion along the Indian Head Highway (Maryland Route 210) corridor.[9][10] However, plans to build the cross county connector fell dormant after objections from environmentalists and rejections for permits by the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Army Corps of Engineers.[11] In October 2013, the Charles County Board of Commissioners decided to introduce a draft plan at a community meeting that featured a scaled-down plan for area improvements, including alternatives to the cross-county connector.[12]


As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 7,244 people, 2,504 households, and 1,849 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 470.9 people per square mile (181.8/km²). There were 2,694 housing units at an average density of 175.2 housing units per square mile (67.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 34.0% White, 56.9% African American, 1.0% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.[1][2][3]

There were 2,504 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living in the household, 48.3% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. In addition, 21.4% of households were made up of individuals with 2.2% of males age 65 years or older and 3.5% of females age 65 years or older living alone. The average household size was 2.89, and the average family size was 3.35.[1][2][3]

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 6.8% under the age of 5 years old, 23.1% from 5 to 19 years old, 33.7% from 20 to 44 years old, 26% from 45 to 64 years old, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.2 years old. For every 100 females, there were 92.4 males, while for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.[1][2][3]

The median income for a household in the CDP was $86,016, and the median income for a family was $96,250. Males had a median income of $63,375 versus $53,244 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,559. About 1.4% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4% of those age 65 or over.[1][2][3]

Public schools[edit]

Bryans Road is served by the Charles County Public Schools for students in kindergarten and grade 1 through grade 12. Public schools that serve Bryans Road include J.C. Parks Elementary School,[14] Matthew Henson Middle School[15] and Henry E. Lackey High School.[16]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Bryans Road CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "State & County Quick Facts: Bryans Road CDP, Maryland". United States Bureau of the Census. 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Economics and Statistics Administration (July 2012). "Maryland: 2010 – Summary Population and Housing Characteristics. 210 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). United States Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Bryans Road Indian Head sub-area plan, chapter 2, p. 2-1. (October 2001). Charles County (MD) Government. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  5. ^ Facts about Bryans Road shopping center. (2007-10-31). Maryland Department of the Environment. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  6. ^ Chapman State Park and Governor Parris N. Glendening natural environment area land unit plan. Archived 2011-05-17 at the Wayback Machine (2003-01-23). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  7. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bryans Road CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Marrimow, Ann E. (2005-05-22). Residents weigh in on county's vision for Bryans Road. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  10. ^ Greenwell, Megan. (2008-04-27). Charles connector falls a year behind. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  11. ^ Marquis, Andy (20 March 2012). "County Pursues Legal Information on Cross County Connector". The BayNet. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  12. ^ Newman, Jeff (25 October 2013). "Comp plan fight enters final phase". Southern Maryland News. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ J.C. Parks Elementary School. Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine (2009). Charles County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  15. ^ Matthew Henson Middle School. Archived 2008-06-08 at the Wayback Machine (2009). Charles County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  16. ^ Henry E. Lackey High School. Archived 2008-05-03 at the Wayback Machine (2009). Charles County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-04-12.

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