About This Place
Suitland-Silver Hill is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The census area include separate unincorporated communities of Silver Hill and Suitland, and other smaller communities. The population was 33,515 at the 2000 census. The community was named for a 19th century landowner, State Senator Samuel Taylor Suit and his estate.
The Suitland-Silver Hill area is known as having one of the highest crime rates in Prince George's County. The Suitland Manor neighborhood, located at the intersections of Maryland Route 218 (Suitland Road) and Maryland Route 458 (Silver Hill Road) has been targeted for demolition by the county because of the frequent occurrence of violent crime and drug trafficking in the area. As of late 2005, Prince George's County was in the process of purchasing all of the apartment buildings on the three roads that make up the neighborhood (Homer Avenue, Hudson Avenue, and Huron Avenue), so that they can be demolished and replaced with mixed commercial and residential properties. In 2005, seven people were shot and killed in this three-block area, and another was killed in a hit and run. Suitland Manor is directly across Suitland Road from the Suitland Federal Center, which houses the national headquarters of the United States Census Bureau, among other government agencies.
Revitalization is being attempted by the Suitlandfest Community Development Corporation, which hosts and designs activities, programs and events that try to bring forth positive change and enhance the education, recreation, health and fitness, artistic development, and social and economical conditions in this at-risk but growing area. Suitland remains one of the most dangerous places in the county.