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Hyattsville, Maryland
—  City  —

Location in Maryland
Coordinates: 38°57′25″N 76°57′5″W / 38.95694°N 76.95139°W / 38.95694; -76.95139
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Incorporated 1886
 - Mayor William F. Gardiner
 - Total 2.17 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 - Land 2.14 [1] sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Water 0.03 [2] sq mi (0.1 km2)  1.38%
Elevation 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 14,733 [3]
 - Density 6,885.9/sq mi (2,658.2/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, United States.[1] The population was 14,733 at the 2000 census.



The city was named for its founder, Christopher Clark Hyatt. He purchased his first parcel of land in the area in March 1845. He thought the proximity to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks and the telegraph lines made the area a good site for a town, and the surrounding farmlands were soon subdivided into housing lots. The name Hyattsville was being used for the settlement by 1859.

As a community inside the Capital Beltway, Hyattsville enjoys easy access to Washington and Baltimore by the West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza stops on the Metro subway system's Green Line or by 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 sites

The following is a list of historic sites in Hyattsville identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission:[2] 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.

Site Name Image Location M-NCPPC Inventory Number Comment
1 Ash Hill Ash Hill Nov 08.JPG 3308 Rosemary Lane 68-001 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, September 16, 1977
2 Edgewood 4115 Hamilton Street 68-010-65
3 Fox’s Barn 5011 42nd Avenue 68-010-74
4 Frederick Holden House 4110 Gallatin Street 68-010-17
5 Lewis Holden House 4112 Gallatin Street 68-010-02
6 Hyattsville Armory Hyattsville Armorry Entrance Nov 08.JPG 5340 Baltimore Avenue 68-041-09 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, March 27, 1980
7 Hyattsville Post Office Hyattsville PO Nov 08.JPG 4325 Gallatin Street 68-041-40 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, July 24, 1986
8 W.G. Lown House 4107 Gallatin Street 68-010-35
9 McEwen House 4106 Gallatin Street 68-010-16
10 Prince George's Bank 5214 Baltimore Avenue 68-041-02
11 Harriet Ralston House 4206 Decatur Street 68-010-25
12 William Shepherd House 5108 42nd Avenue 68-010-73
13 Benjamin Smith House 5104 42nd Avenue 68-010-34
14 Welsh House 4200 Farragut Street 68-010-01
15 Wheelock House 4100 Crittenden Street 68-010-31

Recent Changes

The city has undergone a major redevelopment over the last decade, including a residential and retail development in the Arts District downtown and 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 Regal Royale Cinemas 14, Hank's Tavern & Eats, Three Brothers Italian Restaurant, Carolina Kitchen, Wild Onion, Gifford's Ice Cream, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Old Dominion Brewhouse, Original Soup Man, and other shopping and eating establishments.

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.


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).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), of which, 2.43 square miles (6.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.38%) is water.

Crime and Misrepresentation

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.[4]

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.

Bordering Areas



As of the census[6] 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/sq mi (1,045.5/km²). The racial 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.

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.[7]


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)


  • 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– )


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

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

Hyattsville is zoned to the following public schools:

  • Lewisdale Elementary
  • Hyattsville Elementary
  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • Carole Highlands Elementary School
  • Hyattsville Middle
  • Nicholas Orem Middle School
  • Northwestern High School

Private schools

Houses of Worship


Hyattsville is served by the West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza stations on the Washington Metro Green Line.


External links

Simple English

Hyattsville, Maryland
—  City  —
Location in Maryland
Coordinates: 38°57′25″N 76°57′5″W / 38.95694°N 76.95139°W / 38.95694; -76.95139
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Incorporated 1886
 - Mayor William F. Gardiner
 - Total 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 - Land 2.43 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 - Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  1.38%
Elevation 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 14,733
 Density 6,885.9/sq mi (2,658.2/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 town in Maryland in the USA. It is about 2 miles from Washington, DC.


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