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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Bowie is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 58,290. Bowie is in Prince George's County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Bowie offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bowie there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Bowie and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$315,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,871
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Bowie Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    84.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    5.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    43.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    138.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,155.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    82.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Bowie

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$108,637
National
$55,322
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Bowie is the perfect town with lots to offer on its own, with beautiful parks, the best mall/shopping center in the county, movie theater, Six Flags (like 5 minutes away), etc. What it doesn't have (night clubs, lounges, etc.) you can easily hop on the Marc train or metro to get to DC or drive on in through Rte 50, which is a straight shot. Allen Pond park is quaint and gorgeous, and Patuxent River Reserve has tons of activities to do if you are an outdoorsy type. Overall, Bowie is best for raising families and there are children and families everywhere. Very little apartment buildings for this reason, just one or two in South Bowie. Several public schools are the best in the county, and the others are otherwise decent. Bowie has an arts/theater public playhouse, dance schools, lots of aquatics centers and teams, and big on kids sports (soccer, basketball, hockey) and of course the skating rink!
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Bowie is an INCREDIBLY old town. There are many places where the buildings could be revamped. Real estate, from what I’ve heard (I am a high school student), is kind of high but otherwise it is a beautiful area with lots of foliage. One downside though (not to sound racist) is there is very little diversity. I live in the most "white populated" part of Bowie but it is still majorly African American. I think a bit more diversity might be nice. Bowie also has many churches of all different religions. Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, you name it and there’s definitely a church here!
I grew up in Bowie (Mitchellville) and moved back when I divorced my husband of 11 years. I have always loved the quaintness of the community but decided this time around to move in the city of Bowie. By far the BEST decision I could've made for me and my little ones. Everything is family oriented and within walking distance. I live in the E section and the city of Bowie is providing everything a 32 year old single mom could ever need to gain her independence feet and keep her minions entertained. I wasn't aware of the rich cultural diversity in the area, but it's certainly a welcomed change. I'm proud of my grown-up move and encourage anyone looking to move to seriously consider Bowie city!