Olney is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It is located in the north central part of the county, twenty miles (32 km) north of Washington, D.C.. Olney was largely agricultural until the 1960s, when growth of the Washington suburbs led to its conversion into a mostly residential area. As noted elsewhere, Montgomery County abounds with many city-like areas that are unincorporated communities. For example, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and Olney have no official boundaries but, may have varying designations from the United States Census Bureau, the United States Geological Survey or the United States Postal Service. When doing real estate searches in Montgomery County, Maryland, it is always best to confirm area designations with information in the BrightMLS Multiple Listing Service.
As generally defined, Olney had a total population of 33,844 in the 2010 U.S. Census. In 2013 it was ranked #22 in Money magazine’s “top-earning towns” edition of “America’s Best Places to Live.” In 2007, Olney ranked #17 on Money magazine’s list of the 100 best places to live in America.
Playgrounds, playing fields and courts are available throughout Olney and the surrounding area. Many of the parks are public and some belong to homeowners or other private associations. Public parks include Olney Manor Park (featuring the Olney Swim Center, a year-round indoor public pool), Southeast Olney Park, Longwood Park, Cherrywood Park, Bowie Mill Park, and the OBGC Park at Freeman Fields.
Founded in 1938, the Olney Theatre is one of two state theaters in Maryland. It presents professional level dramatic and musical live theatrical productions in its large and modern playhouse on the east edge of town, drawing audiences from across the Washington metropolitan area.
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