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Welcome to Bowie ...

The city of Bowie is located in Prince George's County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bowie has a population of 58,643 people<2> (see below for details).

Bowie was established in 1870.

The community of Bowie is 140 feet [43 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Bowie lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Bowie: (301) & (240)<4>

The ZIP codes for Bowie: 20715-20721<5>

Websites for Bowie ...

Official Website: www.cityofbowie.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bowie had an population of 58,643 people. This is an increase of 7.16% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.66% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bowie had a population of 54,727 people (which is 6.34% of the total population of Prince George's County). This makes Bowie the county's most populous community.

The population of Bowie represents 0.95% of the population of Maryland (which has 5,773,552 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 54,727 people, the population of Bowie increased 8.87% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 50,269 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bowie.

Adding Bowie to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Bowie in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Bowie elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bowie on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Bowie ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 7 communities that are also named Bowie - they are located in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana (2), Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bowie.

Communities near Bowie ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bowie.

  • Alexandria [Alexandria City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexandria
    • Alexandria [Alexandria City] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Bowie
    • Estimated population in 2019: 159,428 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexandria
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alexandria<7>
  • Annapolis [Anne Arundel County]
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    • Annapolis [Anne Arundel County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the east of Bowie
    • Estimated population in 2019: 39,223 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Annapolis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Annapolis<7>
  • College Park [Prince George's County]
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    • College Park [Prince George's County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
    • Estimated population in 2019: 32,163 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for College Park have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on College Park
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for College Park<7>
  • Laurel [Prince George's County]
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    • Laurel [Prince George's County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Bowie
    • Estimated population in 2019: 25,631 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Laurel<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Greenbelt [Prince George's County]
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      • Greenbelt [Prince George's County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,224 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenbelt have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenbelt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenbelt<7>
    • Hyattsville [Prince George's County]
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      • Hyattsville [Prince George's County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18,230 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hyattsville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hyattsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hyattsville<7>
    • Takoma Park [Montgomery County]
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      • Takoma Park [Montgomery County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,725 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Takoma Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Takoma Park<7>
    • New Carrollton [Prince George's County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Carrollton
      • New Carrollton [Prince George's County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,928 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Carrollton have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Carrollton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Carrollton<7>
    • Bladensburg [Prince George's County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bladensburg
      • Bladensburg [Prince George's County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,408 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bladensburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bladensburg<7>
    • Mount Rainier [Prince George's County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Rainier
      • Mount Rainier [Prince George's County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Bowie
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,093 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Rainier have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Rainier
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Rainier<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bowie. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bowie.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bowie. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bowie.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bowie. Our list includes 11 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bowie.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bowie ...

Looking for more information about Bowie? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bowie, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bowie.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Maryland

About Prince George's County

About Maryland

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bowie: www.cityofbowie.org/

The official website for Prince George's County: www.co.pg.md.us/

The official website for State of Maryland: www.maryland.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Maryland's counties, including Prince George's, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bowie.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bowie - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (240) is an overlay for area code (301).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bowie). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bowie or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bowie includes: 20715, 20716, 20717, 20718, 20719, 20720 & 20721.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bowie) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bowie. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bowie

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9532, Longitude: -76.7360    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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