Bryans Road, Maryland

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Bryans Road is a census-designated place (CDP) in Charles County, Maryland, United States. Bryans Road was named after Oliver Norris Bryan, a 19th century farmer and scientist who owned and operated Locust Grove Farm near Marshall Hall, Maryland.[1] The area consisted mostly of tobacco farms until the establishment of the Naval Proving Grounds at Indian Head, Maryland in 1890. Some commercial establishments came about by the early 1920s, when the name Bryans Road first appeared on maps. The construction of Maryland Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) during World War II brought new traffic. By the early 1960s, Bryans Road became an established bedroom community for both Indian Head and Washington, D.C..[2]

The population was 4,912 people at the 2000 census. The Lund family owns much of the land at the main intersection of Bryans Road, and a shopping center at the community's main intersection includes supermarkets, gas stations and assorted retail stores.[3] Local residents commute to work at the Indian Head Naval Surface Weapons Center, while others commute to employment centers throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In 1998, plans for a massive housing development project at Chapman's Landing were thwarted by the Maryland state government, which bought the property to preserve green space under its smart growth policy.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21 km2), all of which consists of land. The central part of the community is now dominated by a large water tower just behind the fire department. At present, a cross-county connector road, linking Maryland Route 5 south of Waldorf to Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road, is undergoing review and construction to address traffic congestion along the Indian Head Highway (Maryland Route 210) corridor.[5][6]


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,912 people, 1,815 households, and 1,352 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 594.3 people per square mile (229.3/km²). There were 1,903 housing units at an average density of 230.2/sq mi (88.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 52.16% White, 42.41% African American, 1.43% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.34% of the population.

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