Prince George's County, in Maryland, is located to the west and southwest of Washington DC. It was one of the hardest hit housing markets in the recession, but has since made a drastic recovery. Prices have been rising for the last several years and are now plateauing a bit. Inventory of resale homes is dropping, but there are several new neighborhoods under construction or in the planning stages, especially in the towns of Upper Marlboro and Glenarden.
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Bowie is the largest city in the county and is a great city in which to live. It is close to the DC Metro area and boasts good schools, both public and private, has a wealth of amenities and is the home to many historically significant sites. It was even named one of the best small cities in America in 2014 because of its affordable homes and great business environment. The cost of living is higher than the national average, but is relatively affordable compared to the DC area as a whole. Upper Marlboro is also in Prince George's County, but has a distinctly different feel. It is more rural than Bowie, being that it is located further to the east and away from DC, though the city is expanding toward the interstate and Metro Line system to increase the convenience of getting to the nation's capital. It is home to the County Courthouse and features many beautiful homes.
The economy in Prince George's County is strong with many large employers calling it home. The biggest industries in the county are education, health and government. With Prince George's proximity to Washington DC, it comes as no surprise that many government facilities are located there, such as the Internal Revenue Service, the Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility and the US Census Bureau. The top private sector employers in the county include Giant, Med Star Health, Capital One Bank and the University of Maryland.