Capitol Heights has been designated as a “Gateway to the Nation’s Capitol” by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. With its own Metro Station, the Town borders Washington, D.C., Seat Pleasant, MD and District Heights, MD and offers excellent marketplace opportunities for goods and services of all descriptions.

Capitol Heights is governed by a Town Council composed of a Mayor and six Council Members. The Mayor and Council are elected at-large for a four-year term.  The town administrator, hired by the Council, serves full-time as the chief executive officer of the Town.

The Town of Capitol Heights is a relatively compact municipality with 4,337 (2010 Census) residents. Known for its highly affordable quality of life, Capitol Heights is conveniently located approximately 35 miles from both Annapolis and Baltimore with excellent highway systems connecting to both cities.

According to the 2010 Census, 92.8% of residents living in the Town were Black/African American and 4.8% were White. The remaining 2.4% of residents living in the Town were distributed between American Indian/Alaska Native (0.3%), Asian (0.4%), Asian Indian (0.2%), Chinese (0.1%), and others (1.8%).

General Demographics Facts

Capitol Heights
Trade Area

Greater
Capitol Heights
Trade Area

PG County
Trade Area

Population

 

4,160

15,228

863,420

Household

1,441

5,253

307,450

Avg. Household Size

2.88

2.89

2.78

Median Household Income

$55,580

$58,690

$71,696

Age Distribution

Under 18

29.7%

32%

26.8%

18-24

7.9%

8.5%

10.4%

25-34

12.1%

13.9%

15.7%

35-44

16.1%

16.3%

17.3%

45-54

12%

12.2%

13.7%

55-64

11%

9.4%

8.4%

65 and Over

11%

7.5%

7.7%

Total

100%

100%

100

Education

35.1% HS Graduate
15.6% Bachelor’s

Homeownership

79.6% Owners
20.4% Renters

Household Type

73.3%  Family
26.7% Non-Family

Housing

1,603 Total Units
1,441 Occupied
162 Vacant

Estimated per capita income: $27,077

Capitol Heights MetroRail & Transportation Amenities

Located at the District of Columbia boarder, the Capitol Heights Metrorail station was built in 1980 after years of anticipation and planning by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WAMTA).  The station is the only underground station in Prince George’s County.  Centrally located, the station represents tremendous redevelopment opportunity for mixed-use activity.

Metro Facts

Line:

Blue

Average Daily Ridership 2009:

2,221

Estimated Parking Spaces:

372

Bus Route Connections:

Metro bus (6 routes)

The Bus (2 routes)

Travel Times on Capitol Heights Metro (in minutes)

Downtown:

21 to 25

Largo/Capitol Center Blvd:

8 to 10

Reagan National:

32 to 35

State Highway Access
Capitol Heights is the gateway to Washington, D.C. The Town’s strategic location amounts to large vehicular commuter traffic. The Maryland owned highways that commute residents to and from the County are enviable gateway thoroughfares.

MD/US Route 214/Central Avenue
MD/US Route 322/Old Central Avenue