History & Statistics

Glenarden is an incorporated place (Class Code C1) located in Prince George's County at latitude 38.929N and longitude -76.862W. The elevation is 102 feet. Glenarden appears on the Lanham U.S. Geological Survey Map. Prince George's County is in the Eastern Standard time zone and it does observes DST.

Glenarden takes its origin from 1919 when W. R. Smith purchased a group of properties about 10 miles east of Washington, D.C., and established there a residential community of 15 people. Three decades later, under the banner of its energetic Civic Association, the African-American, middle-class suburban community that had developed from Mr. Smith’s venture petitioned the State Legislature for incorporation as the Town of Glenarden. The charter was granted on March 30, 1939, making Glenarden the third predominately black incorporated town in the State of Maryland. W. H. Swann was elected as its first mayor.

In April 1994, the Town Council adopted a resolution to change the name of the community from Town of Glenarden to City of Glenarden. The change took effect 50 days after it was adopted.

The City of Glenarden takes particular pride in participation in government and the education of its children. It has produced state senators, delegates, county councilmen, and other civic leaders.

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,000 people, 2,077 households, and 1,535 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,918.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,898.9 /km2). There were 2,256 housing units at an average density of 1,849.2 per square mile (714.0 /km2).

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Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the Gleaarden Police Department for 2012 was 15. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 0.015 per 1,000 people.

Education: According to the 2010 U.S. Census survey, 88.2% of the City's rsidents had graduated from high school, and 27.6% were recipients of associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctorate degrees.

Housing: According to the 2010 U.S. Census survey, the City had 2,256 housing units, 65.2% being single family homes.

James R. Cousins, Jr., Municipal Center,
8600 Glenarden Parkway,
Glenarden, MD 20706 - 1522
(301) 773-2100; fax: (301) 773-4388
e-mail: citizenfeedback@cityofglenarden.org
web: www.cityofglenarden.org

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