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Welcome to Bowie ...

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



Bowie was established in 1870.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bowie has a population of 58,286 people<2> (see below for details).

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

Area codes for Bowie: (301) and (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 58,286 people. This is an increase of 6.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 15.95% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bowie had a population of 54,727 people (or 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 total 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.

Communities Also Named Bowie ...

Using our Gazetteer, we 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
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Annapolis
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • College Park
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for College Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for College Park
    • College Park is located in Prince George's County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,173 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for College Park <6>
  • Laurel
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel
    • Laurel is located in Prince George's County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,548 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Laurel <6>
  • Greenbelt
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenbelt have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenbelt
    • Greenbelt is located in Prince George's County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,229 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenbelt <6>
  • Hyattsville
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hyattsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hyattsville
    • Hyattsville is located in Prince George's County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,217 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hyattsville <6>
  • Takoma Park
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
  • New Carrollton
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Carrollton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Carrollton
    • New Carrollton is located in Prince George's County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,909 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Carrollton <6>
  • Bladensburg
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
  • Mount Rainier
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Rainier have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Rainier
    • Mount Rainier is located in Prince George's County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,117 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Rainier <6>

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.

Adding Bowie to Our Gazetteer ...

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.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bowie was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Bowie post office opened in 1873.

We also found Bowie in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Bowie.

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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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