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Forest Heights, Maryland
Town of Forest Heights
Location of Forest Heights, Maryland
Location of Forest Heights, Maryland
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Incorporated 1949
 • Total 1.75 sq mi (4.54 km2)
 • Land 1.65 sq mi (4.28 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
161 ft (49 m)
 • Total 2,658
 • Density 1,607.01/sq mi (620.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 301, 240
FIPS code 24-28725
GNIS feature ID 0597408

Forest Heights is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, and is part of the larger postal designation of Oxon Hill. The town straddles both sides of dual-lane Maryland Route 210 and includes two elementary schools. Per the 2020 census, the population was 2,658.


A few homes (such as on Huron Drive) were built in the 1930s, but most of the town developed in the 1940s and early 1950s, consisting of single-family homes with some streets of duplex homes; the Talbert Drive homes were added in the 1960s. In those days many town residents were scientists (as Mayor Armhold was) at the adjacent U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, while others were military band musicians or other Federal employees. The town's population was approximately 3,600 in 1960, almost 50% more than the 2010 population of 2,447, perhaps due to households having more children in 1960.

Two especially long-serving mayors were Clifford Armhold and Warren F. Adams.

After decades of former governmental stability, in the 2000s the town made headlines repeatedly as two of its recent mayors were embroiled in clashes with the town council. One mayor, Joyce Beck, was ousted from office after changes to the Town Charter. In June 2009 her successor, Myles Spires, filed a $15 million lawsuit against the town for malicious prosecution after being cleared of all charges initiated by the town for misuse of town's funds.


Forest Heights is located at 38°48′43″N 76°59′49″W / 38.81194°N 76.99694°W / 38.81194; -76.99694 (38.811863, -76.996809). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2), all of it land.

The Capital Beltway (I-95/495), which was opened in the early 1960s and which includes the Woodrow Wilson Bridge that connects Oxon Hill to Alexandria, Virginia, is directly south of the town. Forest Heights is bordered on the north by the Eastover Shopping Center. Several miles of less affluent areas within the District of Columbia (see Anacostia, Washington Highlands, and Bellevue) also lie to the north of it. Forest Heights has its own town police force, in addition to a Prince George's County police station right at the town limits in the aforementioned Eastover Shopping Center. Rivertowne Shopping Center with a K-Mart and a Home Depot, and a very large, modern public library, are both just one to two miles from Forest Heights. Forest Heights is bordered on the south by the large new National Harbor conference center and resort, which opened its first phase in April 2008.

Bordering areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,125
1960 3,524 213.2%
1970 3,497 −0.8%
1980 2,999 −14.2%
1990 2,859 −4.7%
2000 2,585 −9.6%
2010 2,447 −5.3%
2020 2,658 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Forest Heights town, Maryland – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 174 113 7.11% 4.25%
Black or African American alone (NH) 1,836 1,527 75.03% 57.45%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 7 3 0.29% 0.11%
Asian alone (NH) 95 73 3.88% 2.75%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 3 7 0.12% 0.26%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 11 18 0.45% 0.68%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 45 69 1.84% 2.60%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 276 848 11.28% 31.90%
Total 2,447 2,658 100.00% 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

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,447 people, 868 households, and 619 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,097.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,968.3/km2). There were 927 housing units at an average density of 1,931.3 per square mile (745.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 11.9% White, 75.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.8% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.3% of the population.

There were 868 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 24.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age in the town was 41.1 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 31.4% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


Prince George's County Public Schools operates public schools serving Forest Heights. There are two elementary schools in the town limits, Forest Heights and Flintstone; these two schools serve separate portions of Forest Heights. All residents are zoned to Oxon Hill Middle School and Potomac High School.

Prince George's County Memorial Library System operates the Oxon Hill Library in nearby Oxon Hill.


2019-05-27 14 15 32 View north along the outer loop of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 95 and Interstate 495) at Exit 3B (To Maryland State Route 210 North, Forest Heights) in Forest Heights, Prince Georges County, Maryland
I-95/I-495 northbound at the exit for Forest Heights

The most prominent highway serving Forest Heights is Interstate 95/Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway). I-495 follows the Capital Beltway around Washington, D.C., providing access to its many other suburbs. I-95 only follows the eastern portion of the beltway, diverging away from the beltway near both its north and south ends. To the north, I-95 passes through Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston on its way to Canada, while to the south, it traverses Richmond on its way to Florida.

Maryland Route 210 and Maryland Route 414 also serve Forest Heights. MD 210 provides the direct access from Forest Heights to I-95/I-495, following Indian Head Highway from the Washington, D.C. border southward to Indian Head. MD 414 follows Saint Barnabas Road, running parallel to the Capital Beltway and providing local access to nearby communities.

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