Located in the north-central portion of Maryland’s Montgomery County, Derwood is a charming, affluent small town well suited to family life and quiet living. Ranked the 20th most desirable place to live in Maryland, Derwood is considered to be extremely livable. Low crime rates, high education standards, a very stable housing market, and a multitude of local amenities combine to provide residents with a complete range of suburban conveniences and benefits.
In the 1880s, Derwood was a working B&O Railroad stop located at the intersection of Maryland Route 355 and Indianola Drive. However, it would soon become a larger railroad station and later on a small community that included homes, as well as a church and a general store. From the beginning, Derwood was destined to be a small, intimate place to live, as its location between two much larger cities didn’t allow for much growth. This only became more the case once the rise of the automobile found people traveling by train less and less.
Eventually, the existing train station would be destroyed in a 1954 fire that originated at Schwartz Mill. However, as there were no longer enough passengers coming into the area by that time, it was never rebuilt. Eventually, it would be replaced by a modern metro station in 1984.
Today, Derwood comes attached to a high cost of living that is justified by the many perks that come with living there. Crime rates are 75% lower than the national average and the city itself is considered safer than 84% of all U.S. cities. Graduation rates are high, as are employment rates, while poverty rates are well below the national average.
Derwood is located close to nearby Washington, DC – perfect for professionals working in the capitol. Local amenities include 11 grocery stores, 20 schools, 10 parks, 20 shopping destinations, and 20 dining options within just one mile of the city’s epicenter. Popular recreation areas include Lake Needwood, a manmade lake that has become a popular recreational destination since its creation in 1965.
Most Derwood residents rely on their own cars or on carpool to get around. However, the city is serviced by local bus transit and metro systems, which roughly 19% of Derwood residents rely on for the completion of their commute instead. Additional long distance travel methods are located within 30 minutes of town – two major airports and eight Amtrak stations.