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West Hyattsville, Maryland

"Hyattsville" redirects here. For the small town in Kentucky, see Hyattsville, Kentucky.
Hyattsville, Maryland
City of Hyattsville
Official seal of Hyattsville, Maryland
Motto: "A World Within Walking Distance"[1]

Coordinates: 38°57′25″N 76°57′5″W / 38.95694°N 76.95139°W / 38.95694; -76.95139Coordinates: 38°57′25″N 76°57′5″W / 38.95694°N 76.95139°W / 38.95694; -76.95139

Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Incorporated 1886
 • Mayor Marc Tartaro
 • Total 2.70 sq mi (6.99 km2)
 • Land 2.67 sq mi (6.92 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 17,557
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 17,865
 • Density 6,575.7/sq mi (2,538.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 301
FIPS code 24-41250
GNIS feature ID 0597595

Hyattsville is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland.[5] The population was 17,557 at the 2010 United States Census.[6]


The city was named for its founder, Christopher Clark Hyatt.

As a community inside the Capital Beltway, Hyattsville enjoys access to Washington through the West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza metro stations, which lead to the Metro subway system's Green Line. The city also has access to Baltimore via the MARC commuter rail trains on the Camden Line in the neighboring town of Riverdale Park.

The historic district of the city is home to a number of Victorian houses built in the late 1880s and Sears bungalows and Arts & Crafts houses built between the wars (late 1910s and early 1940s). Historic Hyattsville is roughly bounded by Madison Street, East West Highway, and Oliver Street to the north; Route 1 to the east; Magruder Park to the south; and 39th Avenue, 42nd Avenue, and 42nd Place to the west.[7]


Hyattsville is located at 38°57′25″N 76°57′5″W / 38.95694°N 76.95139°W / 38.95694; -76.95139 (38.956910, -76.951270).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.70 square miles (6.99 km2), of which, 2.67 square miles (6.92 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[2]


Hyattsville has attracted a significant gay and lesbian population. In 2000, same-sex couples accounted for 1.3 percent of households, more than double the national average.[9]

2010 census

Population by Race in Hyattsville Maryland (2010)
Race Population  % of Total
Total 17,557 100
African American 6,258 35
Hispanic 5,972 34
Caucasian 5,826 33
Other 3,750 21
Two or More Races 807 4
Asian 768 4
[The First People/ Native Americans] 139 < 1%

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 17,557 people, 6,324 households, and 3,724 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,575.7 inhabitants per square mile (2,538.9 /km2). There were 6,837 housing units at an average density of 2,560.7 per square mile (988.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 33.2% White, 35.6% African American, 0.8% Native American, 4.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 21.4% from other races, and 4.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.0% of the population.

There were 6,324 households of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.1% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.39.

The median age in the city was 32.1 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 34.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 7.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 14,733 people, 5,540 households, and 3,368 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,885.9 people per square mile (2,658.2/km²). There were 5,795 housing units at an average density of 2,708.5 per square mile (1,045.5/km²). The ethnic makeup of the city was 41.03% African American, 39.53% White, 18.14% Hispanic or Latino 0.50% Native American, 4.02% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 10.91% from other races, and 3.98% from two or more races.

There were 5,540 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.3% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,355, and the median income for a family was $51,625. Males had a median income of $33,163 versus $31,088 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,152. About 7.9% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.


  • Beth Torah Congregation
  • Christian Fellowship Assembly
  • Church of God of Prophecy
  • Crossover Church
  • First Baptist Church of Hyattsville
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Ghanaian Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Hyattsville Mennonite Church
  • Metropolitan Seventh Day Adventist Church[12]
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • St. Jerome's Catholic Church
  • St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church[13]
  • St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
  • Second Church of God and Saints of Christ
  • Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church
  • University Christian Church
  • West Hyattsville Baptist Church

Arts and culture

Historic sites

The following is a list of historic sites in Hyattsville identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission:[14] In 1982, a portion of the city was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Hyattsville Historic District; the district was extended in late 2004.

style="background-color:"| width = 25% style="background-color:"| Site Name width = 8% class="unsortable" style="background-color:"| Image style="background-color:"|Location class="unsortable" style="background-color:"| M-NCPPC Inventory Number class="unsortable" style="background-color:"| Comment
style="background-color:" | 1 Ash Hill 3308 Rosemary Lane 68-001 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, September 16, 1977
style="background-color:" | 2 Edgewood 4115 Hamilton Street 68-010-65
style="background-color:" | 3 Fox’s Barn 5011 42nd Avenue 68-010-74
style="background-color:" | 4 Frederick Holden House 4110 Gallatin Street 68-010-17
style="background-color:" | 5 Lewis Holden House 4112 Gallatin Street 68-010-02
style="background-color:" | 6 Hyattsville Armory 5340 Baltimore Avenue 68-041-09 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, March 27, 1980
style="background-color:" | 7 Hyattsville Post Office 4325 Gallatin Street 68-041-40 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, July 24, 1986
style="background-color:" | 8 W.G. Lown House 4107 Gallatin Street 68-010-35
style="background-color:" | 9 McEwen House 4106 Gallatin Street 68-010-16
style="background-color:" | 10 Prince George's Bank 5214 Baltimore Avenue 68-041-02
style="background-color:" | 11 Harriet Ralston House 4206 Decatur Street 68-010-25
style="background-color:" | 12 William Shepherd House 5108 42nd Avenue 68-010-73
style="background-color:" | 13 Benjamin Smith House 5104 42nd Avenue 68-010-34
style="background-color:" | 14 Welsh House 4200 Farragut Street 68-010-01
style="background-color:" | 15 Wheelock House 4100 Crittenden Street 68-010-31

Public Art

Various public artwork sculptures, murals, and mosaics have been commissioned throughout the City of Hyattsville, thanks to Public Art Locator is located on

Arts District

Downtown Hyattsville is also undergoing revitalization as part of the


When first incorporated, Hyattsville was run by a Board of Commissioners; in May 1900, it switched to a mayor and common council system. Today, the city government consists of a popularly elected mayor and a ten-person city council. Each of the five wards in the city are represented by two popularly elected councilmen.

Presidents of the Board of Commissioners

  • Richard P. Evans (1886–87)
  • Francis H. Smith (1887–89)
  • Francis J. Gramlick (1889–90)
  • Jackson H. Ralston (1890–91)
  • Frederic A. Holden (1891–92)
  • Jackson H. Ralston (1892–93)
  • Francis H. Smith (1893–97)
  • Michael V. Tierney (1897–98)
  • L. K. Miller (1898–99)
  • Charles E. Postley (1899–1900)


  • Gregory W. Eberwein (1898–00)
  • Michael V. Tierney (1900–02)
  • Charles A. Wells (1902–06)
  • Joseph R. Owens (1906–08)
  • John J. Fainter (acting mayor) (1908–09)
  • William P. Magruder (1909–11)
  • Roger Bellis (1911–12)
  • Harry W. Shepherd (1912–14)
  • Oswald A. Greagor (1914–15)
  • Edward Devlin (1915–16)
  • John G. Holden (1916–17)
  • William A. Brooks (1917–19)
  • Matthew F. Halloran (1919–20)
  • T. Hammond Welsh (1920–21)
  • J. Frank Rushe (1921–25)
  • Irvin Owings (1925–27)
  • Hillary T. Willis (1927–31)
  • Lemuel L. Gray (1931–33)
  • Hillary T. Willis (1933–38)
  • E. Murray Gover (1938–46)
  • R. T. Plitt (acting mayor) (1946–47)
  • Caesar L. Aiello (1947–51)
  • Jesse S. Baggett (1951–54)
  • Thomas E. Arnold (acting mayor) (1954–55)
  • George J. O'Hare (1955–59)
  • Joseph F. Lilly (1959–67)
  • Charles L. Armentrout (1967–75)
  • George C. Harrison (1975–76)
  • Jeremiah Harrington (1976–79)
  • Thomas L. Bass (1979–95)
  • Mary K. Prangley (1995–99)
  • Robert W. Armentrout (1999–2003)
  • William F. Gardiner (2003–2011)
  • Marc Tartaro (2011– )


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

The city is served by Prince George's County Public Schools.[16]

Hyattsville is zoned primarily to the following public schools:

  • Hyattsville Elementary School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • University Park Elementary School
  • Rogers Heights Elementary School
  • Hyattsville Middle School
  • Nicholas Orem Middle School
  • Northwestern High School

Private schools

  • Concordia Lutheran School (Pre-K - 8)
  • DeMatha Catholic High School
  • George E. Peters Adventist School (Pre-K - 8)
  • St. Francis International School (Catholic) (K - 8)
  • St. Jerome Academy (Catholic) (Pre-K - 8)
  • St. Matthew's Episcopal School (Pre-K - K)



Hyattsville is served by the West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza stations on the Washington Metro Green Line, as well as several Metrobus, TheBus, and Shuttle-UM routes.

Revitalization Projects

The city has undergone a major redevelopment over the last decade, including residential and retail development in the Arts District Hyattsville private development (located in the Prince George's Plaza.

One new major development is the University Town Center, which is located across Belcrest Road from The Mall at Prince Georges. UTC contains residential condos, student housing, office buildings, a public plaza, and retail space, including a 14-screen movie theater and several restaurants. The location is popular with university students, due to its close proximity to the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland, University College, and Prince George's Community College. There is also a bus stop located just outside of the residential apartments, which services not only local county and city transit systems, but also several university shuttles, including the University of Maryland and Howard University.[17][18]

The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is headquartered in Hyattsville and located at University Town Center.

In popular culture

The city of Hyattsville has expressed concern that crime in non-Hyattsville locations sharing the same ZIP codes creates an image problem for the city.[19] The city was involved in a minor controversy in April 2006. In the episode airing April 27, the Geena Davis television series Commander in Chief depicted Hyattsville as having the highest murder rate in the United States; it also indirectly depicted the town as being an urban ghetto dominated by poor minorities. The city and Prince George's County were very upset at ABC. On May 1, ABC formally apologized to both the city and county.[20]

The violent crime rate per 1,000 residents has significantly decreased, from 11.42 in 2007[21] to 8.16 in 2010.[22]

Notable people


External links

  • Route 1 Communities: Hyattsville
  • Prince George's County Census Incorporated Places and Census Designated Places
  • Maryland Municipal League: Hyattsville
  • Hyattsville Preservation Association
  • Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department

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