History and Demographics
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,690 people, 2,172 households, and 1,437 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,212.7 people per square mile (1,624.5/km²). There were 2,321 housing units at an average density of 1,461.5/sq mi (563.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 39.91% White, 38.51% African American, 0.49% Native American, 4.25% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 12.99% from other races, and 3.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.27% of the population.
There were 2,172 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.60.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 38.7% from 25 to 44, 15.6% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 110.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $44,041, and the median income for a family was $49,904. Males had a median income of $30,053 versus $30,200 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,293. About 9.0% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
The Town was incorporated in 1920 as Riverdale, drawing the name from Riversdale, the plantation owned by the Calvert family that is at the center of the town.In a referendum held August 8, 1998 it was voted to rename the town to Riverdale Park, effective September 7, 1998. The United States Postal Service, however, still refers to the incorporated town of Riverdale Park as well as some of the surrounding unincorporated area to the east as "Riverdale." The ZIP code assigned to the Riverdale post office is 20737.
Town History Center Commitee
The Riverdale Park Town Council authorized the creation of the Riverdale Park Town History Center Committee at its September, 2001, legislative session. This committee, to be initially chaired by Susan McElrath, will have as its mission the creation and management of a Town History Center documenting the history of the Town, its residents, organizations, and businesses. Town residents interested in this important project are invited to attend an organizing meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. In addition to discussing plans for the Center, meeting participants will tour the space designated for the History Center.
Residents who are interested in preserving the history of the Town, have library or archives experience, or who might have materials to donate to the History Center are encouraged to attend the planning meeting or to contact Susan McElrath at (301) 277-2085. The Committee's first task will be to prepare a mission statement for the History Center
Maps of Riverdale Park
Here is a map of our town -- use it for all of your navigational needs! For maps of the historic district, look at Historic Districts Proposed for Riverdale Park, Part II.
At the November 5 Legislative Meeting, the Riverdale Park Town Council voted to pursue seeking two National Register Historic Districts: West Riverdale and Riverdale Park (see map below).