Living in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Prince George’s County is a huge county in Maryland that borders the eastern portion of Washington, D.C. Here’s a little bit of information about this wonderful county:

 

Transportation

Like everywhere in this area, the traffic can be a real pain. However, the county boasts of a good transportation system to meet the needs of the residents, tourists, and visitors. For instance, a large portion of the Capital Beltway is located in the County, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrorail heavy-rail passenger service and Metrobus fixed-route bus service in and out of the County, while the handicapped can benefit from the regional MetroAccess paratransit system. TheBus is also operated by the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, which is a fixed-route County-wide bus system, and if you do not have access to or have difficulty using fixed-route bus service, you can take advantage of Call-A-Bus.

MARC Train. Credit: Mark Levisay on flickr creative commons

MARC Train. Credit: Mark Levisay on flickr creative commons

Prince George’s County contains 15 stations of the Washington Metro subway system, with Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Largo, and Branch Avenue serving as terminus stations. The Maryland Area Rail Commuter (MARC Train) train service has two lines traversing the county, while the Camden Line runs between Washington Union Station and Baltimore Camden Station.

Residents also enjoy being close to airports they can easily travel by air, flying out of Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County, or Virginia’s Dulles International Airport in Dulles.

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Schools

If you are a parent, there are many schools to meet the needs of your children. There are about 15.5 students per teacher which ensures you’re children will get ample attention from their instructors. Great colleges and universities are also in the county including Capitol Technology University, Bowie State University, Prince George’s Community College, TESST College of Technology, Strayer University, and University of Maryland.

Commencement Address at Eleanor Roosevelt High School Graduation Ceremony

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown Commencement Address at Eleanor Roosevelt High School Graduation Ceremony. Credit: by James W. Brown at Prince George’s County on Flickr Creative Commons.

 

Economy

The rate of unemployment in Prince George’s County is lower than the national average. It is 5.6% while the average in most other counties is 6.3%. Another good thing is that in this county is that jobs have been growing recently. There is a high standard of living here because of the presence of notable employers such as United Parcel Service (UPS), Giant, Marriott International, Doctor’s Community Hospital, and MedStar Health. There are also major public-sector employers such as University of Maryland, Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau. All these employers have thousands of residents on their payroll

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Population

Prince George’s County is becoming a popular place to live in the DMV. It has a population of 865,000 and has grown by 8% over the past 15 years. It is also a racially diverse county with a high African American population.

 

Prince George’s County truly is a great place to live!

 

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