Landover, Maryland

Landover, Maryland
Census-designated place
Motto: "Maryland With Pride"

Location within the state of Maryland

Coordinates: 38°56′N 76°54′W / 38.933°N 76.900°W / 38.933; -76.900Coordinates: 38°56′N 76°54′W / 38.933°N 76.900°W / 38.933; -76.900
Country United States of America
State Maryland
County Prince George's
  Total 4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
  Land 4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2010)
  Total 23,078
  Density 5,600/sq mi (2,200/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20785
Area code(s) 301
GNIS feature ID 597655

Landover is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States.[1] As of the 2010 census it had a population of 23,078.[2]


Landover was named for the town of Llandovery, Wales.[3]


Landover is located at 38°55′26″N 76°53′17″W / 38.924°N 76.888°W / 38.924; -76.888. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has an area of 4.07 square miles (10.55 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.13%, is water.[4]

Though small, Landover houses many neighborhoods, which include Glenarden, Brightseat, Ardmore, Palmer Park, Kentland, Dodge Park,Cheverly, Columbia Park, Willow Hills (Hill Road), Belle Haven, Lansdowne, and Village Green. Metrorail's Orange Line passes through the community. Landover Hills is a separate, incorporated community a few miles away. Landover is the birthplace of the late Len Bias. From 1960 to 1972, Landover was the home of jazz guitarist and educator Steve Rochinski.

For the 2000 census, Landover was delineated by the U.S. Census Bureau as the Greater Landover census-designated place.


Giant Food has its headquarters in a location in unincorporated Prince George's County near Landover.[5]

Arts and culture

Historic places

Beall's Pleasure and Ridgley Methodist Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Annual events

A Harlem Renaissance Festival occurs at Kentland-Columbia Park Community Center in Landover every year in May.[7]


FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League

FedExField is a football stadium for the Washington Redskins of the NFL in the neighboring CDP of Summerfield. See also Raljon, Maryland.

The Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex is located on approximately 80 acres (320,000 m2) adjacent to FedExField.[8] The Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex is in Landover.


Public education

Landover is a part of the Prince George's County Public Schools system.[9]

Colleges and universities

Landover had career-based colleges, such as Fortis College,[10] that offer programs including bio-technician, medical assisting, and medical coding and billing.



Landover is one of the few regions in the Washington, D.C. area that is served directly by two separate Washington Metro rail lines. Landover is served by both the Orange and Blue lines (many DC area suburbs are not served directly by Metrorail at all). The Landover Washington Metro station serves the northern portion of Landover on the Orange Line. The Morgan Boulevard Metro station, constructed in 2004, serves the southern portion of Landover on the Blue Line and is the main rail terminus providing access to FedEx Field, which is home to the Washington Redskins in addition to many other sporting and entertainment events.

In addition, there are many nearby Washington Metro rail stations in neighborhoods that border Landover, including the Addison Road Blue Line station in the bordering town of Seat Pleasant, the Cheverly Orange Line station in the bordering town of Cheverely, the Capital Heights Blue Line station in the bordering town of Capital Heights, the Largo Blue Line station in the bordering unincorporated area of Largo, and the Deanwood Orange Line station in the District of Columbia. Most of the above listed stations are within five Metro stops or less from the National Capital Building's Metro stop (Capital South Metro Station in the District of Columbia).

Landover station, located off MD 202

I-495/95, the Capital Beltway, crosses U.S. Route 50 in Landover. The Beltway also has junctions with Maryland Route 202 (Landover Road) and Brightseat Road, which leads directly to FedEx Field.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Main article: Landover Mall

Landover was the home of Landover Mall, owned and operated by Lerner Enterprises. Built in 1972, it was the first enclosed mall in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to house four high-end retail anchor stores: Garfinkel's, Hecht's (owned by the May company), Woodward and Lothrop (popularly known as Woodies), and Sears. The mall also housed a multiplex movie theater located in the basement of the northeast corridor of the building. Located at the Capital Beltway and Landover Road, the mall neighbored the towns of Palmer Park, Ardmore, Glenarden, and Largo. Palmer Park was the hometown of Olympic boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard.[13] Garfinkel's closed in 1990, Woodies closed in 1995 and was replaced with a short-lived J. C. Penney store that lasted from 1996 to 2001, and Hecht's closed in 2002 with the opening of the Bowie Town Center located in Bowie. The entire mall officially closed in 2003 and was subsequently demolished in 2006. Sears was closed soon after and the entire mall has since been demolished.

With the arrival in 1997 of FedEx Field, the home stadium for the Washington Redskins, the mall's parking lot is used for overflow parking. In 2007, according to the Washington Post,[14] Prince George's County officials were in the midst of developing plans to transform the area where Landover Mall once stood. County officials propose to build luxury townhouses, trendy stores, and office buildings. The goal of the project is to transform the area into a residential and cultural hub that replicates the Bowie Town Center and The Boulevard at the Capital Centre located in Largo. Woodmore Towne Centre, featuring Costco and Wegmans, opened in 2010 in nearby Glenarden.


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Landover, Maryland
  2. 1 2 "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Landover CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  3. "Profile for Landover, Maryland, MD". ePodunk. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  4. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Landover CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  5. "Facility Locations". Giant Food. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. "8301 Professional Place, Suite 115 Landover, MD 20785."
  6. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  7. "Harlem Renaissance Festival". Festival Media Corporation. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  8. Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex
  9. "Prince George's County Public Schools". Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  10. Fortis College - Landover
  11. "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  12. Not enumerated separately in 2000. Merged with Dodge Park, Palmer Park and Kentland to form Greater Landover
  13. In the late 1980s, crime began to rise in the surrounding areas and frightened shoppers eventually helped fuel the mall's rapid decline. The movie theater was the first to close, followed by three of the mall's anchor stores in the 1990s.
  14. Ovetta Wiggins (July 9, 2007). "Landover May Be Next On Revival Bandwagon". Retrieved May 27, 2015.

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