College Park Earns High Marks for Location, Livability


University campus

The University of Maryland campus is one of the visual highlights of College Park.

College Park, MD, is known for the flagship University of Maryland campus within its borders, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a nice calling card to have a world-class state university within your city limits.

But renting an apartment in College Park has a lot more going for it than the town’s scholarly appeal. The 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate puts College Park’s population at 27,455. But with a student enrollment of 37,195 (as per 2009 statistics), the town grows quite a bit when classes are in session.

Like you’d imagine, College Park has its own WMATA Metrorail stop on the Green Line, so commuting to work downtown or anywhere in the metropolitan area is a lot easier than if you rented farther out in the hinterlands. Of course, it’s not uncommon for apartment renters to work on campus, so you may not need the train at all.

College Park actually has another claim to fame: its historic airport. Established in 1909 – just a handful of years following the Wright brothers’ first foray into the skies – College Park Airport is the oldest still-operating airport in the world, hence its informal designation as the “Cradle of Aviation.” One more tip: When you rent here, be sure to check out the lavish College Park Aviation Museum. Won’t find that in the average college town, eh?

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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