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Landover, Maryland
Landover, Maryland is located in Maryland
Landover, Maryland
Landover, Maryland
Location in Maryland
Landover, Maryland is located in the United States
Landover, Maryland
Landover, Maryland
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Flag of Prince George's County, Maryland (1963–present).svg Prince George's
Area
 • Total 4.00 sq mi (10.37 km2)
 • Land 4.00 sq mi (10.36 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 25,998
 • Density 6,499.50/sq mi (2,509.46/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
20785
Area code(s) 301, 240
FIPS code 24-45325
GNIS feature ID 597655

Landover is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2020 census it had a population of 25,998.

Landover is contained between Sheriff Road and Central Avenue to the south, Hill Road, Cabin Branch Drive, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Orange Line tracks to the west, John Hanson Highway (U.S. Highway 50) to the north, and Washington D.C.'s Capital Beltway (Interstate 495/95) to the east. Landover borders the communities of New Carrollton, Landover Hills, Glenarden, Lanham, Ardmore, Kentland, Cheverly, Chapel Oaks, Fairmount Heights, Carmody Hills, Pepper Mill Village, Walker Mill, and Largo.

History

Landover was named for the town of Llandovery, Wales.

Geography

Landover is located at 38°55′26″N 76°53′17″W / 38.924°N 76.888°W / 38.924; -76.888. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has an area of 4.07 square miles (10.55 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.13%, is water.

Though small, Landover houses many neighborhoods, which include Glenarden, Brightseat, Ardmore, Palmer Park, Kentland, Dodge Park,Cheverly, Columbia Park, Willow Hills (Hill Road), Belle Haven, Lansdowne, and Village Green. Metrorail's Orange Line passes through the community. Landover Hills is a separate, incorporated community a few miles away. Landover is the birthplace of the late Len Bias. From 1960 to 1972, Landover was the home of jazz guitarist and educator Steve Rochinski.

For the 2000 census, Landover was delineated by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Greater Landover census-designated place.

Arts and culture

Historic places

Beall's Pleasure and Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Annual events

A Harlem Renaissance Festival occurs at Kentland-Columbia Park Community Center in Landover every year in May.

Economy

Eight O'Clock Coffee's coffee production plant is located in Landover. Giant Food has its headquarters in a location in unincorporated Prince George's County in the Ardwick Industrial Park area, near Landover. The Giant Food Headquarters is located next to the New Carrollton Metro Station. It is served by the F13 metrobus shuttle that goes from the Cheverly Metro station to Washington Business Park.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 5,597
1980 5,374 −4.0%
1990 5,052 −6.0%
2010 23,078
2020 25,998 12.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020
Not enumerated separately in 2000 when it was
merged with Dodge Park, Palmer Park
and Kentland to form Greater Landover

2020 census

Landover CDP, Maryland - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 450 606 1.95% 2.33%
Black or African American alone (NH) 18,671 16,647 80.90% 64.03%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 59 34 0.26% 0.13%
Asian alone (NH) 151 669 0.65% 2.57%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 7 13 0.03% 0.05%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 45 172 0.19% 0.66%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 336 726 1.46% 2.79%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3,359 7,131 14.55% 27.43%
Total 23,078 25,998 100.00% 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.

Sports

FedexField photo by Flickr user dbking
FedExField, the home field of the NFL's Washington Commanders.

FedExField is a football stadium for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League in the neighboring CDP of Summerfield and has a Landover postal address. (See also Raljon, Maryland.) The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals used to play in Landover's US Airways Arena (Formerly known as the Capital Centre) before moving to the Capital One Arena, inside D.C itself. The arena was demolished in 2002.

The Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex is also in Summerfield CDP, located on approximately 80 acres (320,000 m2) adjacent to FedExField.

Education

Public education

Landover is a part of the Prince George's County Public Schools system.

Elementary schools serving sections of the Landover CDP include: Columbia Park, Dodge Park, Cooper Lane, Gladys Noon Spellman, Highland Park, and William Paca. Middle schools serving sections of the Landover CDP include: G. James Gholson, Kenmoor, and Charles Carroll. Senior high schools serving sections of the Landover CDP include: Fairmont Heights, Charles Herbert Flowers, DuVal, and Bladensburg. The schools serving the 1990 CDP are: Cooper Lane and Gladys Noon Spellman elementaries, Charles Carroll Middle, and Bladensburg High.

When desegregation busing began in 1972, PG County school officials bused many black children in Landover to schools with large numbers of white students in other areas of the county. Since then many schools in the Landover area had closed. David Nakamura of the Washington Post stated that many Landover residents believed that desegregation busing contributed to the socioeconomic decline of Landover. In 1998 the busing program was abolished due to a settlement in federal court.

Matthew Henson Elementary School was previously in the CDP. It was scheduled to close in 2009. In 2012 EXCEL Academy agreed to open a charter school in the former Henson space, and it moved from its previous campus in Riverdale.

Other area schools:

  • Kenmoor Elementary School
  • Palmer Park Elementary School
  • Columbia Park Elementary School
  • John Carroll Elementary School - closed in 2009
  • Cora L. Rice Elementary School
  • Thomas Pullen Creative & Performing Arts Academy

Colleges and universities

Landover had career-based colleges, such as Fortis College, that offer programs including bio-technician, medical assisting, and medical coding and billing.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Landover station exterior
Landover station, located off MD 202

Landover is one of the few regions in the Washington, D.C. area that is served directly by two separate Washington Metro rail lines. Landover is served by both the Orange and Blue lines (many DC area suburbs are not served directly by Metrorail at all). The Landover Washington Metro station serves the northern portion of Landover on the Orange Line. The Landover Metro Station is also the primary metro station that serves the Landover area. The Morgan Boulevard Metro station, constructed in 2004, serves the southern portion of Landover on the Blue Line and is the main rail terminus providing access to FedExField, which is home to the Washington Football Team in addition to many other sporting and entertainment events. Landover also has a special Metrobus Division also houses many metrobuses that serve routes in Prince George's County, Maryland.

In addition to the Landover and Morgan Boulevard Metro Stations that primarily serve the Landover area, Landover residents have access to other metro stations nearby, such as the New Carrollton Metro Station, Cheverly Metro Station, Largo Town Center Metro Station, and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metro Station.

I-495/95, the Capital Beltway, crosses U.S. Route 50 in Landover. The Beltway also has junctions with Maryland Route 202 (Landover Road) and Brightseat Road, which leads directly to FedExField.

Shopping

Landover was the home of Landover Mall, owned and operated by Lerner Enterprises. Built in 1972, it was the first enclosed mall in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to house four high-end retail anchor stores: Garfinkel's, Hecht's (owned by the May company), Woodward and Lothrop (popularly known as Woodies), and Sears. The mall also housed a multiplex movie theater located in the basement of the northeast corridor of the building. Located at the Capital Beltway and Landover Road, the mall neighbored the towns of Palmer Park, Ardmore, Glenarden, and Largo. Palmer Park was the hometown of Olympic boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Garfinkel's closed in 1990, Woodies closed in 1995 and was replaced with a J.C. Penney store that lasted from 1996 to 2001, and Hecht's closed in 2002 with the opening of the Bowie Town Center located in Bowie. The entire mall officially closed in 2003 and was demolished in 2006, with the exception of Sears. Sears closed in 2014 and was later demolished.

With the arrival in 1997 of FedExField, the mall's parking lot is used for overflow parking. In 2007, according to the Washington Post, Prince George's County officials were in the midst of developing plans to transform the area where Landover Mall once stood. County officials propose to build luxury townhouses, trendy stores, and office buildings. The goal of the project is to transform the area into a residential and cultural hub that replicates the Bowie Town Center, and The Boulevard at the Capital Centre; the latter is in Lake Arbor CDP and has a Largo postal address. Woodmore Towne Centre, featuring Costco and Wegmans, opened in 2010 in nearby Glenarden.

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