Moving to Upper Marlboro, MD

“Greater Upper Marlboro,” Maryland, is an area in Prince George’s County.  It is about 45 minutes east of Washington, D.C., and about an hour south of Baltimore. As of the U.S. 2000 census, Greater Upper Marlboro had a population of 18,720 and covered 37.5 square miles. Since 2000, the area has been divided into several CDPs (census-designated places), including parts of Brock Hall, Croom, Marlboro Meadows, Marlboro Village, and Queenland. Greater Upper Marlboro completely encircles the incorporated “Town of Upper Marlboro,” which occupies 4/10 of a square mile. The town is home to about 650 people and is the seat of Prince George’s County.

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Upper Marlboro History

Upper Marlboro grew from a colonial settlement in the late 1600s, taking its name from England’s General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. The Town of Upper Marlboro is famous as the birthplace of John Carroll, the first Archbishop of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and founder Georgetown University. John’s brother, Daniel, was a signatory on the U.S. Constitution.

Upper Marlboro Weather

The average daily low temperatures range from 24 in January to 66 in July. Average daily highs range from 43 in January to 87 in July. The area receives about 43 inches of rain each year and 16 inches of snow. The comfort index of 42 is close to the U.S. average of 44 (ideal is 100).

Upper Marlboro Transportation

Upper Marlboro is served primarily by the transportation systems of Prince George’s County. These include a county bus line as well as bus and rail service by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Ride sharing is popular, with monetary incentives for carpooling and van pooling. The major north-south highway is U.S. 301 and the primary east-west artery is SR 4.

Cost of Living in Upper Marlboro

Living in Upper Marlboro is a little more costly than most cities. One ratings agency pegs it at about 20 percent higher than the U.S. average. The biggest cost factor is housing. The average cost of a home in the U.S. is $181,400. But in Upper Marlboro you will pay about 45 percent more for it. Use the links below to see how far your earnings will go in Upper Marlboro.

Upper Marlboro Schools

Public education is provided by Prince George’s County Public Schools. One of the 25 largest school districts in the U.S., PGCPS serves an enrollment of about 124,000 students in 207 schools. These include Dr. Henry A. Wise Junior High School and Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. Ten private schools also operate in Upper Marlboro, with enrollment totaling about 2200. For higher education, there are 68 colleges within 50 miles.

Upper Marlboro Hospitals

As part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Upper Marlboro is within 30 miles of 48 hospitals. Top names include Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA (926 beds) and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC (763 beds). MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (208 beds) is 20-25 minutes from Upper Marlboro and the closest major medical center for emergency care.  

Upper Marlboro Real Estate

According to research by AreaVibes, the median price for homes in Upper Marlboro exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Similarly, apartments are 46 percent higher than what you would pay in a typical city. Upper Marlboro comprises about a dozen distinct communities, each with different real estate and demographic characteristics. 

Upper Marlboro Hotels

You have a pretty limited choice of lodging in the Upper Marlboro area. One of the better rated options is the Comfort Inn Conference Center Bowie. If you are willing to drive a little further, there are several good choices along I-95/I-495 close to Andrews Air Force Base. Widen your radius even further, and the DC metro area offers hundreds of hotels to choose from.

Upper Marlboro Restaurants

Do you like Thai cuisine? You might enjoy Mom’s Thai Kitchen. Or check out the New Olde Towne Inn for seafood and classic American cooking. For a winning breakfast as well as Greek food and soul food, you might stop in at Mrs. K’s Motel and Restaurant just off Route 301 on Crain Highway.

Things to Do in Upper Marlboro

You might enjoy taking in an event at the Show Place Arena & Prince George’s Equestrian Center. In addition to concerts, the center hosts a variety of local, regional, and national equestrian shows and competitions throughout the year. From June to early November, Montpelier Farms “Family Farm Park” offers a fun, outdoor escape with corn maze, hayrides, bonfires, gem stone mining, face painting, duck races, and more. For a self-guided adventure, start with the historic sites brochure (courtesy of Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation) and map your own tour of area landmarks.