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    Andrews AFB, MD Local Information

    The area around Andrews, Prince George's County, is thickly populated. Nearby cities include District Heights, New Carrollton, Seat Pleasant, and Washington DC. Washington DC is the closest major city to Andrews. Prince George County has about 872,000 people, with population concentrations close to the District of Columbia.

    It is about 14 miles from downtown Washington DC to Andrews; this takes about 30 minutes to commute, but the city traffic can be very thick and travel times can be much longer. The average commute in Prince George's County is about 35 minutes.

    Major local employers are UPS, Giant Supermarket, Verizon, Dimensions Healthcare, and Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Government and public sector jobs make up a large part of the local economy, especially Joint Base Andrews, the University of Maryland, the Internal Revenue Service, the Census Bureau, and the Goddard Space Flight Center.

    Local Housing Rental Prices: The average apartment rent in the Prince George's County area ranges from $1100 for a one-bedroom to $1500 per month for a three-bedroom, as a rough average.

    Local Housing Purchase Prices: The average price for a house in Prince George's County is about $313,000, compared to $320,000 for Maryland.

    Short Description of the Area: Prince George's County is southeast of Washington DC, in the Western Shore Uplands region of the state, between Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Overall the county has low rolling hills and outside of the inner beltway area is a mix of wooded and cultivated lands. Prince George's County is one of the more historic counties in the US, having a history going back to 1696, was a minor theater in the War of Independence, and the War of 1812, (British troops marched through on their way to the Battle of Baltimore), and had a minor role guarding Washington DC from Confederate invasion in the Civil War. In the 20th Century, the county gained a majority African-American population.

    Prince George's County is a little rainy and has snowy winters but is about as sunny as anywhere. Summers tend to be fairly humid for Maryland.

    The county has an active religious life, including over 800 churches, and a smaller number of mosques, synagogues, and Hindu and Buddhist temples.

    Prince George's County is named for George, Prince of Denmark, who was the husband of Queen Anne of England, the reigning queen at the time the county was founded. People outside Prince George's County sometimes call the county PG County, but some residents do not like this.

    Much of the District of Columbia is a walkable and bikeable city, with readily available mass transit. Some areas have a high crime rate; be aware of your surroundings. The Metro and bus system can generally get riders where they are going, close to anywhere in the city, and into the suburbs.

    Washington DC is at the southern end of the BosWash Northeast megalopolis urban corridor, and connected to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the rest of the urban Northeast by road and Amtrak rail (Acela makes the route fast).