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Seat Pleasant, Maryland


Seat Pleasant, Maryland

Seat Pleasant, Maryland
Official seal of Seat Pleasant, Maryland

Location of Seat Pleasant, Maryland
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Government
 • Mayor Eugene W. Grant
 • City Council President Kelly Porter
 • Total 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Land 0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,542
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,628
 • Density 6,221.9/sq mi (2,402.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20743
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-70850
GNIS feature ID 0598069

Seat Pleasant is an incorporated city in Maryland Route 214 (Central Avenue). The Washington Metro's Blue Line is nearby. The Washington Redskins stadium is east of Seat Pleasant, near the Capital Beltway (I-95/495).


  • History 1
  • Politics 2
  • Schools 3
  • Geography 4
  • Demographics 5
    • 2010 census 5.1
    • 2000 census 5.2
  • Transportation 6
  • Law enforcement 7
  • Fire protection 8
  • Bordering areas 9
  • Notable residents 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Seat Pleasant is located on part of what had been the Williams-Berry estate. In 1850, the descendants of General Otho Holland Williams, a Revolutionary War hero, and James Berry, a mid-17th-century Puritan leader, sold it to Joseph Gregory.[6][7] Seat Pleasant was developed on the dairy farm of Joseph Gregory, the farm of the Hill family, and the land of building contractor Francis Carmody, among others. In 1873, some of the land along Addison Road was subdivided into small farms and rural home sites known as Jackson's Subdivision.[8]

Designers of the Chesapeake Beach Railway, constructed in 1897–99 between Washington, D.C. and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, located their first station in Maryland outside Washington on the railway's right-of-way that traversed the Gregory property. They called the station "District Line". The Columbia Railway Company operated a streetcar system that extended through Northeast Washington and terminated in Seat Pleasant at Eastern Avenue, near what is today Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway. Finally, the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway passed through Seat Pleasant in 1908.[8] In 1906, the growing number of residents in the area around the station adopted a more imaginative name for their community — Seat Pleasant, after the early Williams-Berry estate. Prior to that, the area was known as Chesapeake Junction.[9]

Steady growth of traffic on the railway between 1900 and its peak in 1920 translated into steady development for Seat Pleasant as a

  • City of Seat Pleasant official website
  • Maryland State Archives: Seat Pleasant
  • Seat Pleasant VFD 8
  • Capitol Heights - Seat Pleasant Boys and Girls Club

External links

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Seat Pleasant, Maryland
  5. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Seat Pleasant city, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Seat Pleasant - A City of Excellence : Our History". Celebrating 75 Years of Municipal Excellence. City of Seal Pleasant. 2008-05-10. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Pleasant, Maryland History". Seat Pleasant, Maryland. Maryland Municipal League. 2008-05-10. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Community Summary Sheet, Prince George's County" (PDF). Seat Pleasant, Maryland. Maryland State Highway Administration, 1999. 2008-05-10. 
  9. ^ Kaminkow, Marion J. Maryland A to Z: A Topographical Dictionary. Baltimore, Maryland: Magna Carta Book Company, 1985. p306.
  10. ^ Denny, George D., Jr. Proud Past, Promising Future: Cities and Towns in Prince George's County. Brentwood, Maryland: Tuxedo Press, 1997.
  11. ^ "Crime rate in Seat Pleasant, Maryland (MD): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  12. ^ a b City of Seat Pleasant
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder".  


Notable residents

Bordering areas

The Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company Inc, also known as the Infamous 8 House, is the primary fire department serving the community. It is located at 6305 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant. It is home to both career and volunteer firefighters and EMT's. It houses two engines, Engine 82 and 83,and Ambulance 88. The first due for the SPVFC is about 5.5 square miles (14 km2). The total response area is about 38 square miles (98 km2) serving over 250,000 citizens averaging about 7000 calls a year.

Fire protection

The Seat Pleasant Police Department (SPPD) is the primary law enforcement agency servicing the municipality. The SPPD is assisted by the Sheriff's Office as directed by authority.[12]

Law enforcement

The city of Seat Pleasant is served by the Addison Road and Capitol Heights Metro stations. Both stations are on the Blue Line.


The median income for a household in the city was $42,476, and the median income for a family was $45,332. Males had a median income of $30,704 versus $30,909 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,802. About 15.8% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.4% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

There were 1,697 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 34.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.33.

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 4,885 people, 1,697 households, and 1,243 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,524.1 people per square mile (2,514.8/km²). There were 1,806 housing units at an average density of 2,412.0 per square mile (929.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 2.01% White, 96.72% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

2000 census

The median age in the city was 36.7 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.1% male and 54.9% female.

There were 1,650 households of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.2% were married couples living together, 35.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.32.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,542 people, 1,650 households, and 1,135 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,221.9 inhabitants per square mile (2,402.3/km2). There were 1,806 housing units at an average density of 2,474.0 per square mile (955.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 2.0% White, 91.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 3.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

2010 census


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2), all of it land.[1]

Seat Pleasant is located at (38.895362, -76.902205).[13]


Fairmont Heights High School The city is served by the


  • Reveral L. Yeargen
  • Kelly Kelly
  • Aretha Stephenson
  • Gerald Raynor
  • Elenora Simms
  • Darrell B. Hardy
  • Johnie Higgs

The current mayor is Eugene W. Grant.[12] The city council consists of seven elected officials as follows:


Seat Pleasant's crime rate is higher than the national average. The violent crime rate, while still above average, has improved in recent years, dropping from 768.6 in 2003 to 272.2 in 2011.[11]

Most of the testaments to the town's past are long gone. Two that remain are the Episcopal Addison Chapel (1809) and Mount Victory Baptist Church (1908).[6]

Post-Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway.[8] The Addison Road Metro station opened for service on November 22, 1980.

[6].Central Avenue were demolished to make room for the Addison Plaza Shopping Center on turntable and roundhouse When the community was incorporated as a town in 1931, it had a school, water company, sewer connections courtesy of the District of Columbia's sanitary system, and reliable fire protection by the Seat Pleasant Fire and Community Welfare Association. The Chesapeake Beach Railway ceased operations in 1935. In the 1980s, the old railroad [10][8]

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