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Prince George's County

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Prince George's County is in the Capital Region of Maryland.

Cities[edit]

U.S. Highway 50 bisects the county, dividing it into the more densely-populated northern county and the more agricultural southern part. Exceptions exists, though, and both Bowie and Landover straddle the highway.

North of US Highway 50[edit]

South of US Highway 50[edit]


Understand[edit]

Prince George's County is the wealthiest U.S. county with an African-American majority population. One will sometimes hear it abbreviated "P.G.", but this abbreviation irritates some county residents.

The county is very diverse, both ethnically and economically. Inside the Beltway, there is a pretty clear division between Northern P.G. County (northeast of D.C.) and Southern P.G. County (southeast of D.C.). The former is significantly more densely populated and wealthy than the latter, which has much in common with the even poorer neighboring areas in southeastern D.C.. Outside the Beltway, residents of areas like Laurel, Bowie and Upper Marlboro sometimes feel like they belong more in neighboring counties.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Important highways through Prince George's County include I-95, which goes north from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, and, of course, the Beltway (I-495), which runs through Prince George's County as it circles around Washington, D.C.

By Metro[edit]

WMATA provides rail and bus service.

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

  • Taxi Taxi, +1 301-577-2000. Taxi Taxi provides the central dispatching service for the county. You will probably have better luck getting them to show up in the parts of the county closer to D.C.

See[edit]

Parks[edit]

Do[edit]

Prince George's County has several theaters that put on musicals, dramas, comedies and children's plays throughout the year.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Crime[edit]

Prince George's County is known for having a higher-than-average crime rate compared to the rest of the D.C. metro area. However, as in many places, a lot of the worst crime occurs between people who are already acquainted with each other, or is drug-related.

In addition, Metro parking lots in Prince George's County, especially Greenbelt and New Carollton, have higher than average incidences of car break-ins, so avoid leaving anything of value in sight when leaving your car in these parking lots. So, please, when parking your car, hide any valuables from plain sight. If you leave anything in sight of a thief, they may smash your car window to steal it.

Go next[edit]

This region travel guide to Prince George's County is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.