Originally known as Mechanicsville, the village which became Olney was established in 1800. The area was mostly farmland, but it soon began attracting artisans. Early residents Sarah Brooke and Dr. Charles Farquhar were devotees of the English poet William Cowper, and named their home after the poet’s hometown. The area was in turn named for their home, which still stands and is known as the Olney House.
The Brooke family held the largest tracts of land in Olney, whose central village was at the intersection of the Rockville to Baltimore road, and the one which connected Washington with Westminster, Maryland, to the north. The Quaker community in Sandy Spring thrived just to Olney’s east. The Sandy Spring Museum is a historical museum featuring educational programs and displays. St. John’s Episcopal Church was established in 1842 and survives to this day.
After the siege of Washington by the British in 1814 during the War of 1812, President Madison and his family passed through Olney en route to taking refuge in the neighboring town of Brookeville. Although not as involved in the Civil War as areas of Maryland to the west, Olney residents still experienced the tug-of-war between loyalty to the plantation economy of the South and to the Federal government in Maryland’s midst.
As an unincorporated area, Olney’s boundaries are not officially defined. The United States Census Bureau defines a Census-Designated Place of Olney centered at 39°9′ North and 77°5′ West. It has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2). None of the area is covered with water.
Olney’s town center sits at the intersection of state route 97 (Georgia Ave.) and route 108 (Olney-Laytonsville Road). The town, larger than any other in the neighboring areas, lies south of Brookeville, west of Sandy Spring, east of Rockville and north of Aspen Hill.
At the 2000 census, there were 31,438 people, 10,274 households, and 8,650 families residing in the area. The population density is 2,420.1 people per square mile (934.4/km²). There are 10,415 housing units at an average density of 801.7 per square mile (309.6/km²). The racial makeup of the area is 79.04% White, 8.78% African American, 8.03% Asian, 5.01% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.48% Native American.
There are 10,274 households, of which 49.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% are married couples living together, 10.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% are non-families. The average household size is 3.04 and the average family size is 3.34.
31.2% of residents are under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 93.5 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median household income is $116,319, and the median family income is $126,849. Males have a median income of $69,911 versus $45,818 for females. The per capita income for the area is $35,267. 2.6% of the population and 1.9% of families are below the poverty line.
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.
Olney is also home to a private country club and a golf driving range.
Find out more information about Olney Maryland by visiting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olney,_Maryland
Olney Real Estate Market Stats
Average Home Values
|1,808||Avg Home Size|
|1985||Avg Year Built|
Owners vs Renters
Local vs National Home Values
|Zillow Home Value Index||$457,600||$177,600|
|Median Single Family Home Value||$532,800||$177,200|
|Median Condo Value||$309,000||$182,400|
|Median 3-Bedroom Home Value||$370,200||$170,800|
|Median 4-Bedroom Home Value||$524,400||$287,300|
|Percent Homes Decreasing||19.8%||30.4%|
|Percent Listing Price Reduction||0||0|
|Median List Price Per Sq Ft||$239||$113|
|Median List Price||$450,000||$211,400|
|Median Sale Price||$406,000||$201,200|
|Homes For Sale||0||0|
|Homes Recently Sold||0||0|
|Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.)||4%||4%|
|Median Value Per Sq Ft||$236||$119|
|Homes For Sale By Owner||Array||Array|
Local vs National Demographics
|Median Household Income||94,818||44,512|
|Homes With Kids||48.7%||31.4%|
|Average Household Size||3||2|
|Average Commute Time (Minutes)||36||26|
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Olney School Data
Olney School Districts
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- Rosa M. Parks Middle School
- 6-8, public
- Belmont Elementary School
- K-5, public
- Olney Elementary School
- K-5, public
- William H. Farquhar Middle School
- 6-8, public
- Brooke Grove Elementary School
- PK-5, public
- St. John’s Episcopal School
- PK-8, private
- Washington Christian Academy
- K-12, private
- Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School
- 9-12, private
- St Peter’s School
- PK-8, private
- The Julia Brown Montessori Schools
- PK-3, private
- Olney Adventist Preparatory
- K-8, private
- Oakdale Christian Academy
- K, private