Rockville, Maryland, is a city in central Montgomery County and serves as the county seat. It is regularly regarded as one of the Nation’s best places to live regarding work, recreation, and quality of life. Being attractive to first-time home-buyers, professional couples, new families, and empty-nesters, Rockville has seen a steady increase of its population over the years.
Although its history stretches back to indigenous cultures settling the land, colonization, as we know it today, is traced back to the early 1700s. Since then, it has flourished into a city of over 67,000 people, giving it a friendly suburban feel without seeming overly crowded.
One thing that has contributed to the steady population growth is the work opportunities that exist. The I-270 Bio Corridor is a 15-mile stretch of road that connects Bethesda to Gaithersburg. Situated right in the middle is Rockville. All along this stretch of road is bioscience companies, more than 370 of them. Some of these companies include GlaxoSmithKline and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, this area of Maryland is home to numerous federal agencies, providing tens of thousands of jobs in the area.
Aside from the bustling local economy, Rockville has become especially attractive to families as well. Even though Rockville is one of Montgomery’s most populous cities, it offers quite an array of parks and common areas that add a very charming flair to the local communities. Furthermore, if you are a cyclist or hiker, you can take advantage of many different trails in the area. Rock Creek Park is one of the most popular places for hiking and biking, with over 13 miles of trails.
With so many great neighborhoods, it is no wonder why there has been a 16% increase in population since 2010. Randolph Hills is a great example. This homey, small town-feel neighborhood was built in the 1960s and continues to be one of the most desirable places to live in the city. Not only is the Metro train station less than a mile away, but I-270 is just down the street as well, making everything easily accessible. Furthermore, with local gatherings like the annual Brazilian barbecue festival and regular music festivals, there is always an opportunity to build relationships with your neighbors.
Rockville is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Maryland. A recent biennial community survey was conducted where more than 3,000 residents participated and gave the city a 92% rating of overall quality of life. So, be sure not to skip this area over when you’re looking for your next home.
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