Rockville: Maryland’s Second-Biggest City Offers First-Rate Amenities
As of July 1, 2009, Rockville, Md., had a population of 62,105, making it the second-largest incorporated city in the state.
In 2010, CNNMoney.com ranked Rockville – which is perched on the I-270 Technology Corridor – No. 31 on its list of “Best Places to Live” (for small cities). Even better, in 2009 Forbes.com ranked Rockville eighth on its list of “America’s Top 25 Towns To Live Well” in. So obviously, those 62,105 residents are on to something.
Let’s see exactly what, shall we?
If you’re looking for an apartment in Rockville, you’ll find that the town – which sits about 20 miles northwest (mostly north) by car from downtown Washington, D.C. – offers a reasonable commute to the city.
For those without a car or who merely want to save gas, there’s another way to commute: rail. The WMATA Metrorail service has four stops located in Rockville, and you can add a Maryland Transit Administration MARC train station as well.
And when the workday ends, you’ll find there’s plenty to do in Rockville:
- The town boasts nine community recreation centers, 58 public parks and 17 private neighborhood swim clubs.
- There’s also a public swim center, public golf course, nature center and two libraries.
- Rockville Town Square, a modern, mixed-use community hub that offers residences, shops (Cloud 9 Clothing, The Waygoose, The Cottage Monet and Ten Thousand Villages) and restaurants (Austin Grill and Sushi Damo).
- Altogether, Rockville offers an impressive array of shopping choices.
- Moviegoers will be happy at Regal Rockville Center 13.
- Naturally, the town has its share of grocery stores, from standard-bearers Giant (four stores) and Safeway (three stores), to more esoteric fare like Bloom and Maxim, a Chinese grocery.
Rockville has a big interest in the arts. The city is home to the Rockville Civic Ballet, which consists of more than 75 adults and children, and both the Rockville Chorus and the Rockville Concert Band (think Joshua Bell and not Ace Frehley … though, like you, I prefer the latter). In fact, there is plenty more to Rockville’s artistic side, including the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference.
You’d surmise a place as grand as Rockville would have its own farmers’ market, and you would be correct. Actually, there are two markets at different locations. This year, they both started in late spring, with one scheduled to end Oct. 27 and the other expected to last until Nov. 20 (one assumes Thanksgiving may be the impetus here).