Largo, Maryland

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Largo, Maryland
Largo Town Center station in Downtown Largo
Largo Town Center station in Downtown Largo
Location of Largo, Maryland
Location of Largo, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°52′37″N 76°49′50″W / 38.87694°N 76.83056°W / 38.87694; -76.83056Coordinates: 38°52′37″N 76°49′50″W / 38.87694°N 76.83056°W / 38.87694; -76.83056
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Named forLargo Bay, Scotland[1]
Area
 • Total3.0 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Land3.0 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
174 ft (53 m)
Population
 • Total10,709
 • Density3,600/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
20774
Area code(s)301
FIPS code24-45825
GNIS feature ID0597664
Lake Largo is located in Upper Marlboro's neighborhood of Largo.

Largo, located within greater Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in Prince George's County, Maryland, in the United States.[2] The population was 10,709 at the 2010 census.[3]

Largo is located just east of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495) and is home to Prince George's Community College and Largo High School. Six Flags America amusement park (formerly known as Wild World and Adventure World) is to the east in Woodmore, and FedExField, the Washington Redskins' football stadium, is across the Capital Beltway in Summerfield. Watkins Regional Park in Kettering just to the east of Largo (operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) has an old-fashioned carousel, miniature train ride, miniature golf, the Old Maryland Farm, a very large playground, and animals on display.[4] Largo is not a post office designation, but is at the northern end of the Greater Upper Marlboro ZIP code area.

Since the transit system's expansion in late 2004, Largo Town Center has served as the eastern end of the Blue and Silver Lines of the Washington Metro.

History[edit]

Largo was named after the Largo Plantation that was owned by the Beall family. The plantation is believed to be named after Largo Bay in Scotland. It was sold to John Contee in 1745.[5]

Arelis R. Hernández of the Washington Post stated in 2015 that "There has been talk for decades of relocating the government to Largo".[6] In 2015 Rushern Baker, the county executive, expressed a desire to move the county seat from Upper Marlboro to Largo since the latter has a more central location and access to the Washington Metro network. A spokesperson for Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., the President of the Maryland Senate, expressed opposition to this idea.[6]

Transportation[edit]

The WMATA (Washigton Area Transit Authority), Blue and Silver Lines eastern terminus is Largo Town Centre Station. Largo Town Center Station is served by several regional bus routes operated by both WMATA and Prince Georges County's The Bus.

Largo Metro Center Station as seen from the Apollo Ascend Apartments, with construction of the New Prince Georges County Regional Medical Center in the background.

Geography[edit]

Largo is located at 38°52′37″N 76°49′50″W / 38.87694°N 76.83056°W / 38.87694; -76.83056 (38.876850, −76.830651).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19805,557
19909,47570.5%
20008,408−11.3%
201010,70927.4%
source:[3][8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 8,408 people, 3,471 households, and 2,127 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,758.8 people per square mile (1,064.4/km²). There were 3,709 housing units at an average density of 1,217.0/sq mi (469.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 4.27% White, 92.69% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 3,471 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.3% were married couples living together, 22.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. Of all households 31.9% were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,130, and the median income for a family was $70,421. Males had a median income of $40,067 versus $37,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,312. About 3.2% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Even though the county seat is in Upper Marlboro, multiple agencies of the Government of Prince George's County, including the majority of the county's executive branch, reside in Largo. In the 1990s the PG County government purchased some properties and leased others, and county administrative functions were moved to Largo.[6] Circa 2010,[10] five PG County agencies were headquartered in these properties in Largo. Beginning in 2011, four additional county agencies relocated to Largo, and the county government acquired at least eight parcels of land and/or buildings. As of 2015 County Executive Baker held his "Citizen Day" in Largo instead of Upper Marlboro.[6]

Prince George's County Police Department District 2 Station in Brock Hall CDP, with a Bowie postal address, serves the community.[11]

The U.S. Postal Service operates the Largo Post Office in Lake Arbor CDP, with a Largo postal address.[12][13]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Largo is a part of the Prince George's County Public Schools.[14] Residents are divided between Arrowhead, Kettering, and Lake Arbor elementary schools.[15] Most areas are zoned to Kettering Middle School while some are zoned to Ernest Everett Just Middle School.[16] All areas in Largo are zoned to Largo High School.[17]

Divine Peace Lutheran School is a K-8 Christian school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Largo.[18]

High Road Upper School, Largo MD

Post-secondary education[edit]

The community is also home to Prince George's Community College, serving a county population of 850,000 residents.

Public libraries[edit]

Largo is served by the Largo-Kettering Branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and is the headquarters location for PGCMLS.[19][20] The library headquarters, previously adjacent to the Hyattsville Branch,[21] moved to Largo in 2015.[22]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ePodunk". www.epodunk.com. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Largo, Maryland
  3. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Largo CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  5. ^ "RootsWeb.com Home Page" (PDF). freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Hernández, Arelis R. (2015-07-22). "Baker wants to move government headquarters to Largo, lawmakers say". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Spivack, Miranda S. (2010-09-14). "Rushern Baker wins Prince George's executive race". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  11. ^ "District 2 Station - Bowie." Prince George's County Police Department. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. "District 2 Station - Bowie 601 SW Crain Highway Bowie, MD 20715 ". Beat map. 2010 U.S. Census Bureau index map of Brock Hall CDP as well as the detail on Page 1.
  12. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lake Arbor CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2018. Pages: 1 and 2.
  13. ^ "LARGO." U.S. Postal Service. Retrieved on September 11, 2018. "9801 APOLLO DR UPPER MARLBORO, MD 20774-9997" - See: "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lake Arbor CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Largo CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on August 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on August 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on August 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Excellent Education Empowered by Christ".
  19. ^ "Largo-Kettering Branch." Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Retrieved on August 29, 2018. "Largo-Kettering Branch 9601 Capital Lane Largo, MD 20774"
  20. ^ "Prince George's County Memorial Library System grid.473433.4". GRID. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  21. ^ "Hyattsville." Prince George's County Memorial Library System. January 1, 2004. Retrieved on September 20, 2018. "Hyattsville Address: 6530 Adelphi Rd. Hyattsville, MD 20782 and "Administrative Offices : 6532 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782-209"
  22. ^ "BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES MEETING June 9, 2015–7:30 p.m. Oxon Hill Branch." Prince George's County Public Library. Retrieved on September 20, 2018. p. 2/5.
  23. ^ Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1999). The Almanac of American Politics 2000. National Journal Group Inc. p. 753.
  24. ^ Chris Richards (3 July 2018). "Here's why Q Da Fool is in a particularly good mood". The Washington Post.

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