Prince George's County

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


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

South of US Highway 50


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 around

By taxi




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

Stay safe


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.

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