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Berwyn Heights, Maryland

Town of Berwyn Heights
Official seal of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
A Tree City, U.S.A.
Location of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Location of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Town Town of Berwyn Heights
Founded 1888
Incorporated 1896
 • Type Town council
 • Town 0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)
 • Land 0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Urban
0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)
112 ft (34 m)
 • Town 3,345
 • Density 4,819.88/sq mi (1,860.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 301, 240
FIPS code 24-06925
GNIS feature ID 0597078

Berwyn Heights is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 3,345. It is bordered by College Park to the west, Greenbelt to the northeast, and Riverdale Park to the south.


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 platted as Charlton Heights, gradually grew and expanded around it.

The O'Dea House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the homes that was erected in 1888 by the Charlton Heights Improvement Company to spur development in the new subdivision.

In 1896, it became the seventh incorporated municipality in Prince George's County. In 1986, it was awarded the Tree City USA title.

Historic sites

A group of the remaining original houses is located around Ruatan Street. Four of the houses were built from mail-order plans made by R. W. Shoppell's Cooperative Building Plan Association of New York City. The following is a partial list of historic sites in Berwyn Heights identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission:

Site Name Image Location M-NCPPC Inventory Number Comment
1 Berwyn Heights Schoolhouse Berwyn Heights, Maryland 035.jpg 5814 Ruatan Street 67-022-07
2 Cissel House 8911 57th Avenue 67-022-18
3 Cross House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 033.jpg 5805 Ruatan Street 67-022-13
4 Kleiner House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 019.jpg 5603 Ruatan Street 67-022-17
5 O’Dea House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 032.jpg 5804 Ruatan Street 67-022-11 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1987-06-04; a late Victorian pattern-book house
6 Pickett House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 011.jpg 8616 57th Avenue 67-022-16
7 Sportland Berwyn Heights, Maryland 001.jpg 5933 Natasha Drive 67-005
8 Elwood J. Taylor House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 006.jpg 8516 58th Avenue 67-022-21
9 Wetherald House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 002.jpg 8411 58th Avenue 67-022-10
10 Wolfe House Berwyn Heights, Maryland 041.jpg 5617 Ruatan Street 67-022-15


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). 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.


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%
2020 3,345 7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Berwyn Heights town, Maryland – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 1,483 1,279 47.49% 38.24%
Black or African American alone (NH) 415 402 13.29% 12.02%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 8 4 0.26% 0.12%
Asian alone (NH) 261 266 8.36% 7.95%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 4 1 0.13% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 7 30 0.22% 0.90%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 100 163 3.20% 4.87%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 845 1,200 27.06% 35.87%
Total 3,123 3,345 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 3,123 people, 1,002 households, and 681 families 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 1,002 households 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 households were one person and 7.6% were one person aged 65 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 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.4% male and 47.6% female.

Civic Activities

The town also benefits from numerous town committees and organizations. 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.

Sports Park, which is the home of a Berwyn Heights civic group, is located by Indian Creek.

Berwyn Heights Day is an yearly event that celebrates the founding of the town.


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


2019-06-03 12 55 20 View west along Maryland State Route 193 (Greenbelt Road) at 57th Avenue in Berwyn Heights, Prince George's County, Maryland
MD 193 westbound in Berwyn Heights

The only state highway providing direct access to Berwyn Heights is Maryland Route 193 (Greenbelt Road). MD 193 connects eastward to Greenbelt and westward to College Park. Just east of the town limits, MD 193 has a junction with Maryland Route 201 (Kenilworth Avenue), which provides access to Interstate 95/Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway), D.C. Route 295 (the Kenilworth Avenue Freeway), and U.S. Route 50 (John Hanson Highway).

See also

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