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Clinton, Maryland

Clinton is a town located in Prince George's County, Maryland. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 26,064.

The ZIP code for Clinton is 20735.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 History


Clinton is located at 38°45'49" North, 76°53'44" West (38.763711, -76.895458)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.6 km² (11.8 mi²). 30.6 km² (11.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.08% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 26,064 people, 8,605 households, and 6,772 families residing in the town. The population density is 852.8/km² (2,208.6/mi²). There are 8,962 housing units at an average density of 293.2/km² (759.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 20.56% White, 73.69% African American, 0.47% Native American, 2.47% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. 1.90% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,605 households out of which 38.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% are married couples living together, 15.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% are non-families. 17.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.96 and the average family size is 3.32.

In the town the population is spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $71,139, and the median income for a family is $75,036. Males have a median income of $41,736 versus $39,545 for females. The per capita income for the town is $24,949. 3.4% of the population and 2.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.5% are under the age of 18 and 10.2% are 65 or older.


Clinton was originally founded by the Surratt family in the 1770s. The town, then named Surratt's Villa, became known as Surrattsville in the 1800s. A principal residence was one of the two boardinghouses run by Mary Surratt, located on the road into Southern Maryland.

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, stopped by the Surratts boardinghouse as he fled Washington, D.C. Because of her complicity in the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt was hanged at Capitol Prison in Washington. The U.S. Post Office renamed the town Robeysville. In 1879 Robeysville was renamed Clinton. The local high school, however, retains the name of Surrattsville, and local historians have continually urged Clinton to regain its unique name.

President Bill Clinton briefly visited Clinton in a campaign stop in 1996.

Clinton is also the home town of Maryland Senate Majority Leader Thomas V. "Mike" Miller.