- Assets & Challenges
Business As Usual & Sprawl
Contrary to the 2002 Prince George’s County Approved General Plan’s development objectives and regional trends to cluster employment in transit-accessible urban centers, the majority of recent development in the County occurred in suburban locations outside the Capital Beltway and outside of designated growth centers and corridors.
Crime - Real or Perceived?
Real and perceived crime are an impediment to growth and development in Prince George’s County.
Deteriorating Housing Stock
The County’s housing stock is among the oldest in the Washington, D.C. region and included over 24,140 vacant units in 2010.
Fewer Diplomas & Loss of Skilled Workforce
Prince Georgians have comparatively lower rates of educational attainment, positioning a disproportionate number of residents for low-wage jobs and dampening the County’s appeal to high-tech employers and investors.
The Foreclosure Crisis
Prince George’s County was among the jurisdictions hardest hit by the nation’s housing foreclosure crisis.
Forever a Bedroom Community
Within the Washington Metropolitan Region, competition is fierce for jobs, new residents, and financial resources.
High Housing Costs & Expensive Commutes
High housing and commuting costs make it difficult for some people to live in the county.
Housing Stock & Future Demand
Demographic forecasts reveal a looming gap in the County’s housing supply.
Environmental conditions in Prince George’s County, reflected by poor water and air quality, are especially troubling for the well-being of its current and future generations.
Our Health Crisis
Many Prince Georgians are in poor health. Compared to their neighbors, they are less likely to exercise, more likely to smoke, and more likely to be overweight or obese.
Quality education is a major concern in Prince George’s County where many middle-class families continue to send their children to private schools.
Sustaining Existing Communities
Strengthening and revitalizing the County’s 27 municipalities and, in particular, its unincorporated neighborhoods is also of critical importance to the County’s overall wellbeing.