Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Berwyn Heights is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 3,123 at the 2010 United States Census. It is bordered by College Park to the west, Greenbelt to the northeast, and Riverdale Park to the south.
Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Town of Berwyn Heights
A Tree City, U.S.A.
Location of Berwyn Heights, Maryland
|Country||United States of America|
|Town||Town of Berwyn Heights|
|• Type||Town council|
|• Mayor||Amanda Dewey|
|• Mayor Pro Tem||Jodie Kulpa-Eddy|
|• Councilmembers||Chris Brittan-Powell,|
|• Town||0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)|
|• Land||0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|• Urban||0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)|
|Elevation||112 ft (34 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||4,690.20/sq mi (1,810.08/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0597078|
Beginning in the 1870s, the area northeast of Washington, D.C. was the scene of active and continuous development as the population of the city increased and railroad suburbs such as Berwyn Heights, originally platted as Charlton Heights, gradually grew and expanded around it.
The O'Dea House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the homes that was erected in 1888 by the Charlton Heights Improvement Company to spur development in the new subdivision.
In 1896, it became the seventh incorporated municipality in Prince George's County. In 1967, it adopted its town seal, which contains three acorns. In 1986, it was awarded the Tree City USA title.
A group of the remaining original houses is located around Ruatan Street. Four of the houses were built from mail-order plans made by R. W. Shoppell's Cooperative Building Plan Association of New York City. The following is a partial list of historic sites in Berwyn Heights identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission:
|Site Name||Image||Location||M-NCPPC Inventory Number||Comment|
|1||Berwyn Heights Schoolhouse||5814 Ruatan Street||67-022-07|
|2||Cissel House||8911 57th Avenue||67-022-18|
|3||Cross House||5805 Ruatan Street||67-022-13|
|4||Kleiner House||5603 Ruatan Street||67-022-17|
|5||O’Dea House||5804 Ruatan Street||67-022-11||Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1987-06-04; a late Victorian pattern-book house|
|6||Pickett House||8616 57th Avenue||67-022-16|
|7||Sportland||5933 Natasha Drive||67-005|
|8||Elwood J. Taylor House||8516 58th Avenue||67-022-21|
|9||Wetherald House||8411 58th Avenue||67-022-10|
|10||Wolfe House||5617 Ruatan Street||67-022-15|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2010 census there were 3,123 people, 1,002 households, and 681 families in the town. The population density was 4,526.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,747.5/km2). There were 1,051 housing units at an average density of 1,523.2 per square mile (588.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 56.0% White, 15.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 8.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 14.4% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.1%.
Of the 1,002 households 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.0% were non-families. 20.1% of households were one person and 7.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.42.
The median age in the town was 34.9 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.4% male and 47.6% female.
At the 2000 census there were 2,942 people, 1,022 households, and 713 families in the town. The population density was 4,552.9 people per square mile (1,747.6/km2). There were 1,047 housing units at an average density of 1,620.3 per square mile (621.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 71.79% White, 12.00% African American, 0.54% Native American, 8.57% Asian, 8.23% Hispanic or Latino, 4.38% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. of the population.
Of the 1,022 households 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 19.3% of households were one person and 7.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.19.
The age distribution was 20.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.
The median household income was $65,744 and the median family income was $69,013. Males had a median income of $42,525 versus $34,831 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,793. About 0.9% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.
Berwyn Heights is served by the Prince George's County Public Schools: Berwyn Heights Elementary School, which is located in Berwyn Heights, Greenbelt Middle School (Greenbelt), and Parkdale High School (Riverdale Park).
The only state highway providing direct access to Berwyn Heights is Maryland Route 193 (Greenbelt Road). MD 193 connects eastward to Greenbelt and westward to College Park. Just east of the town limits, MD 193 has a junction with Maryland Route 201 (Kenilworth Avenue), which provides access to Interstate 95/Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway), D.C. Route 295 (the Kenilworth Avenue Freeway), and U.S. Route 50 (John Hanson Highway).
The town council consists of five members, who are elected every two years on an at-large plurality voting basis, to govern the town of Berwyn Heights. The member of the council who received the most votes during the election becomes mayor. The mayor serves as the head of the government and presides at all council meetings, but in other respects is an equal member of the Council. The mayor pro tempore assumes the mayoral duties in the absence of the mayor.
The town has a police department, a public works department, a code enforcement department, and an administration department.
- 1948–1952 Robert F. Burnette
- 1952–1954 Charles G. Durbin
- 1954–1956 Robert F. Burnette
- 1956–1958 John P. Wintermoyer
- 1958–1960 H. Dale Smith
- 1960–1962 Clinton D. Walker
- 1962–1966 George E. Lauterbach
- 1966–1968 Kenneth C. Styers
- 1968–1972 Harry L. Ballew
- 1972–1974 George E. Lauterbach
- 1974–1976 Jadie B. Mc Dougald, first elected mayor after change from commissioner government to mayor and council form of government.
- 1976–1978 Harry L. Ballew
- 1978–1980 Jadie B. Mc Dougald
- 1980–1982 Howard G. Wood
- 1982–1992 William T. Armistead, Jr.
- 1992–1998 Thomas J. Love
- 1998–2000 William T. Armistead, Jr.
- 2000–2001 Tawanna P. Gaines
- 2001–2002 Ronald M. Shane
- 2002–2003 Bradley S. Jewitt
- 2003–2004 Patricia D. Dennison
- 2004–2015 Cheye M. Calvo
- 2015–2016 Jodie Kulpa-Eddy
- 2016–2018 Cheryl Jewitt
- 2018 Christopher J. Rasmussen (May 9 to July 16, 2018, resigned)
- 2018 Lynn White (July 16, 2018 to Dec. 6, 2018, resigned)
- 2018–2020 Stephen Isler
- 2020–Present Amanda Dewey
At 53 cents per $100 per assessed value, Berwyn Heights has one of the lower real property tax rates in Prince George's County. In 2005, the town became the first municipality in Maryland to establish a public safety taxing district, after it was authorized by the general assembly. The district imposes a special tax on businesses to fund the cost of one full-time officer and helps maintain around the clock police coverage.
The town also benefits from numerous town committees and organizations. The town, as of October 2008, has joined a State Retirement Pension, for its employees, and police officers. This was done in order to try to compete and to retain the police officers.
Sports Park, which is the home of a Berwyn Heights civic group, is located by Indian Creek.
Berwyn Heights Day is an yearly event that celebrates the founding of the town.
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- Official website
- Town of Berwyn Heights at the Maryland State Archives
- Town of Berwyn Heights at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
- Berwyn Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) records at the University of Maryland libraries. Records of an elementary school association in Berwyn Heights.