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District Heights, Maryland
|City of District Heights|
Location of District Heights, Maryland
|Country||United States of America|
|• Total||0.86 sq mi (2.24 km2)|
|• Land||0.86 sq mi (2.24 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||266 ft (81 m)|
|• Density||6,889.02/sq mi (2,659.75/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||301, 240|
|GNIS feature ID||0597330|
District Heights is an incorporated municipality in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, located near Maryland Route 4. The population was 5,837 at the 2010 United States Census. For more information, see the separate articles on Forestville and Suitland.
District Heights is located 9.85 miles (15.85 km) from central Washington.
District Heights is located at(38.859545, −76.889139).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.93 square miles (2.41 km2), all of it land.
District Heights was originally farm land owned by Major Leander P. Williams, purchased as four patented Lord Baltimore tracts known as: "Good Luck," "Magruder's Plains Enlarged," "the Levels," and "Offutt's Adventure." Under grants issued to Lord Baltimore by King Charles I of Great Britain, the tracts belonged to Colonel Ninian Beall, Benjamin Berry, and Alexander Magruder. District Heights evolved from one of the four patents. In 1925 land purchased and formed into District Heights Company by Joseph Tepper, David L. Blanken, Henry Oxenberg, Gilbert Leventhal, Simon Gordon, and Simon Gerber. The land was farmed by Walter and Al Dustin, whose farmhouse stood at 7116 Foster Street. By 1925 streets laid out first three blocks of Halleck Street and Aztec. By 1936, the city had approximately 25 homes built, two businesses, a grocery store and filling station, a pump house and water tower to furnish the water and pressure for the City, a sewage system and a free Model T bus service to 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,837 people, 2,050 households, and 1,505 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,276.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,423.3/km2). There were 2,212 housing units at an average density of 2,378.5 per square mile (918.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 6.0% White, 90.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.
There were 2,050 households of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 32.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.6% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.31.
The median age in the city was 35.8 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,958 people, 2,070 households, and 1,538 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,649.1 people per square mile (2,556.0/km²). There were 2,170 housing units at an average density of 2,421.7 per square mile (930.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 9.20% White, 87.95% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.
There were 2,070 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 28.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $52,331, and the median income for a family was $61,220. Males had a median income of $37,129 versus $32,443 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,190. About 4.5% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
The city is served by the Prince George's County Public Schools and District 7 of the County's Board of Education.
Elementary schools that serve the city include:
- District Heights Elementary School
- Formerly included District Heights Parkway Elementary, whose building makes up half the current school, and which fed primary grades to District Heights Elementary following 2nd or 3rd grade
- North Forestville Elementary School
Middle schools that serve the city include:
- Drew-Freeman Middle School (7-8)
- Walker Mill Middle School
High schools that serve the city include:
- Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School
- Suitland High School
Francis Scott Key Elementary School is neither in the city, nor serves the city, but has a District Heights postal address. The district previously operated Berkshire Elementary School in what is now Suitland CDP, near District Heights. Berkshire Elementary closed in 2009.
The only highway passing directly through District Heights is Maryland Route 458. MD 458 connects southwest to Maryland Route 5, which provides access to Washington, D.C. and Interstate 95/Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway). The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro Bus) serves the town via The District Heights–Suitland Line, designated Route V12; the District Heights–Seat Pleasant Line, designated Route V14; the Marlboro Pike Line, designated Route J12; and the Forestville Line, designated as Route K12.
- Jane Campbell Hutchison, Professor Emerita Hutchison (1932-2020) grew-up in District Heights and was an expert in the history of Northern European art and taught art history at the University of Wisconsin from 1964 until her retirement in 2012.
- NaVorro Bowman, former outside linebacker at Penn State University and former inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders was born and attended high school in Forestville.
- LaTonya Swann, winner of BET's Born To Dance, was born and raised in District Heights.
- Jack Anthony D’Ambrosio, (1943-2015) a decorated Oakland Park, Florida, police officer who spent his youth in District Heights and wrote several books chronicling his amusing adventures in the "Apollos" teenage street gang that operated in the town in the 1950s.
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