Bowie, Maryland is a city of 54,727 residents, according to the 2010 Census, located in Prince George's County, and convenient to Washington, DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore.
The city consists of approximately 18-square miles. There are more than 1,100 acres set aside as parks or as preserved open space, including over 22 miles of paths and trails, and 75 ball fields.
Bowie has a nonpartisan city government directed by a mayor and six councilmembers. The City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of most months in sessions that are open to the public.