Location of Forestville, Maryland
|• Total||4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)|
|• Land||4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||279 ft (85 m)|
|• Density||3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0597413|
Forestville is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 12,353 at the 2010 census. The community is a mixture of garden apartments, single-family homes, and shopping centers built mostly from the 1930s through 1970s, adjacent to the communities of District Heights, Suitland, Morningside, Westphalia, and Camp Springs. Forestville is located within close proximity to the town of Upper Marlboro, where many Prince George's County Board Offices are located. Additionally, Forestville is located right next to the Joint Base Andrews/ Andrews Air Force Base. The neighborhood has a majority African-American population. It is convenient to the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495), Maryland Route 4 (which has department stores and shopping centers), including Penn Mar Shopping Center, and for employees of Andrews Air Force Base and the U.S. Census Bureau. Forestville is located within close proximity to two Metrorail Stations; the Addison Road Metro Station, served by WMATA's Blue Line and the Suitland Metro Station, served by WMATA's Green Line. A notable former resident was Steny Hoyer, now Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives.
Forestville, Maryland was originally known as Long Old Fields. During the War of 1812, Long Old Fields served as an encampment on Aug. 23, 1814 for American forces opposing the invading British who camped just a few miles away. These forces met at the Battle of Bladensburg the next day. Long Old Fields' name was changed to Forestville sometime after the end of the American Civil war in 1865.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 12,707 people, 4,642 households, and 3,267 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,169.5 people per square mile (1,223.5/km²). There were 4,951 housing units at an average density of 1,234.9/sq mi (476.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 10.54% White, 85.78% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.
There were 4,642 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 26.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.22. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $51,831, and the median income for a family was $57,096. Males had a median income of $37,739 versus $34,796 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,205. About 4.7% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
Elementary schools serving sections of the CDP include Andrew Jackson, William Beanes, Longfields, North Forestville, and John Bayne. Sections of Forestville CDP are zoned to Andrew Jackson, Drew-Freeman, and Walker Mill middle schools. Sections of Forestville CDP are zoned to Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, Suitland High School, and Largo High School. Forestville High School (a.k.a. Forestville Military Academy) was previously in the CDP until its 2016 closure.
Bishop McNamara High School is in Forestville CDP. Mount Calvary Catholic School was previously adjacent to Forestville CDP; in April 2016 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington announced Mount Calvary would close.
- Nick Charles - Maryland State Delegate, Legislative District 25
- Tray Chaney - actor
- Kevin Dorsey - former NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots)
- Navorro Bowman - NFL Linebacker
- Kevin Durant - NBA player (Golden State Warriors)
- Ginuwine - singer
- Steny Hoyer - Democratic Congressman and House Majority leader who resided in Forrestville in the 1980s.
- Jeff Kinney - game designer and author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, grew up here
- Kellie Shanygne Williams - Actress
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Forestville, Maryland
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- "Prince George's Co. moves to close Forestville High School". WUSA. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
- Home. Bishop McNamara High School. Retrieved on August 29, 2018. "6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747"
- Home. Mount Calvary Catholic Church and School. Retrieved on August 29, 2018. "Mount Calvary Catholic Church and School 6700 - 6704 Marlboro Pike · Forestville Md · 20747"
- Nagy, John (2016-05-07). "The School of My Youth: Can It Really Be Closing?". ThePilot.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
[...]it runs into Forestville, Md.,[...]into the campus of Mount Calvary Catholic Church and School.[...]Last month, the Catholic diocese notified the community that the school would close with the end of school this year.
- Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1987). The Almanac of American Politics 1988. National Journal. p. 531.