Bowie (Maryland)

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Coordinates 38°57′53″N 76°44′40″W
Country United States
State Maryland
County Prince George's
Incorporated 1882
Elevation 154 ft (47 m)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
ZIP codes 20715-20721
Area code(s) 301, 240
FIPS code 24-08775
GNIS feature ID 0597104
Website www.CityofBowie.org
Government (Mayor) Timothy Adams
Government (Total) 20.55 sq mi (53.22 km2)
Government (Land) 20.44 sq mi (52.95 km2)
Government (Water) 0.11 sq mi (0.27 km2)
Area (Total) 20.55 sq mi (53.22 km2)
Area (Land) 20.44 sq mi (52.95 km2)
Area (Water) 0.11 sq mi (0.27 km2)
Population (2020) (Total) 58,329
Population (2020) (Density) 2,853.25/sq mi (1,101.66/km2)

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Bowie (/ˈbuːi/) is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 58,329. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014, CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live (in the United States) list. The city of Bowie owes its existence to the railway. In 1853, Colonel William Duckett Bowie obtained a charter from the Maryland legislature to construct a rail line into Southern Maryland. In 1869, the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Company began the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to Southern Maryland, terminating in Pope's Creek. The area had already been dotted with small farms and large tobacco plantations in an economy based on agriculture and slavery. In 1870, Ben Plumb, a land speculator and developer, sold building lots around the railroad junction and named the settlement Huntington City. By 1872, the line was completed, together with a "spur" to Washington, D.C. and the entire line through Southern Maryland was completed in 1873.

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