West Friendship, Maryland

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West Friendship, Maryland
West Friendship is located in Maryland
West Friendship
West Friendship
Location in Maryland
Coordinates: 39°18.9′N 76°57.1′W / 39.3150°N 76.9517°W / 39.3150; -76.9517
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Howard
Area[1]
 • Total 19.0 km2 (7.34 sq mi)
Population [1]
 • Total 2,777
 • Density 146/km2 (378/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21794
Area code 410

West Friendship is an affluent semi-rural unincorporated community in western Howard County, Maryland. West Friendship is located at the junction of Interstate 70 and Maryland Route 32. Frederick Road (Maryland Route 144) is a main thoroughfare.

History[edit]

Like many small communities in Howard County, West Friendship developed slowly as settlers moved west. As adventurers set out to survey the area, they established land tracts in the 1700s, many before the Revolutionary War. Stein's history (1972) lists land grants given to families whose descendants live in the area today. The families of Warfield, Ridgely, Selby, Hobbs, Cross, and Cissel helped create what is now West Friendship.[2]

In the 19th Century, the main road through West Friendship was filled with travelers who could find comfort at mile houses along the route. The population of West Friendship totaled fifty by 1887.[3] Some came to settle; others, like the circuit rider ministers, rode on horseback from church to church, making it more convenient for residents to attend the nearest service. Early travel was rough, but most residents were adept at horseback riding. Many traveled over the Frederick Turnpike built in the 1790s. Empty land soon gave way to Thomas S. Cross's general store and post office in West Friendship.[2][4]

In the 20th Century, paved roads and the automobile replaced country roads and the horse and buggy. The paving of the West Friendship-Sykesville Road (MD 32) by the State in 1910, was an important development for the community. Social gatherings continued to center around farming in the 1940s. Before then, the Howard County Grange Competitions were held at Brendel Manor Park and in one resident's front yard. Later in the 1950s, residents set up the groundwork for the present Howard County Fair held annually in West Friendship.[2]

West Friendship's one-room school house provided a primary education for many residents in the early 1900s. In 1925, the High and Consolidated School at West Friendship was constructed, replacing all nearby one-room schools, and area residents came by school bus to attend, Over the next few decades, there were several additions and it became an elementary school. The school was rebuilt in 1978.[2]

Large homes dot farms and rolling hills in West Friendship.

Today[edit]

Strict zoning regulations have largely limited sprawl and preserved the community's bucolic character.[citation needed] Large farms and historic homes still cover the area's gently rolling hills and many farms remain inhabited by descendants of the earlier aristocratic families. Wide expanses of farmland, meadows, woods and parks abound.[citation needed] However, as with most areas within an hour's drive of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, West Friendship is seeing a steady rise of residential development. Suburban subdivisions, many with 4000+ square-foot homes on 1+ acre lots, are becoming increasingly common.

Homes in the community are among the most highly sought after in the Baltimore area.[citation needed] In 2012, West Friendship was ranked as the most expensive suburb in the Baltimore metropolitan area according to the Baltimore Sun.[5] In the newer subdivisions, homes commonly sell for over $1 million.

Typical neighborhood in West Friendship.

Demographics[edit]

In 2009, the estimated population of West Friendship (zip code 21794) was 2,777 persons with 1,763 households. The median age is 36.5 years. The racial make-up of West Friendship was 87.1% White, 3.5% African American, 9.1% Asian, and 0.3% Hispanic. 90.6% of the population speak English at home. Foreign-born residents compose of 7.9% of the community. The most common countries of origin were Nigeria (23%), United Kingdom (22%), Taiwan (14%) and Canada (10%).[6]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the mean family income was $176,363 in 2011, one of the highest in Maryland. One in three families earned more than $200,000 per year.[7] The average family net worth in 2013 was $1.81 million.[8] An estimated 0.9% of families have an income below the poverty level.[7]

Most West Friendship residents commute to work in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. More than half (54%) of families have 3 or more cars.[7] The mean commute is 30–34 minutes. 88% of residents drive a car to work, and 34.7% of residents work within Howard County, Maryland.[6]

Interstate 70 through West Friendship.

Education[edit]

West Friendship is located in the Howard County Public School District. Elementary school children in West Friendship are zoned for West Friendship Elementary School, Bushy Park Elementary School or Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School. Middle school students attend Mount View Middle School or Folly Quarter Middle School. Most high school students attend Glenelg High School or Marriotts Ridge High School.

Private school options in the area include the Glenelg Country School and the Glenwood Country Day School. 28% of local students attend private school.

Attractions[edit]

The Howard County Fairgrounds is located on Route 144 in West Friendship, and is the home of the annual Howard County Fair and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum is located across from the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The community is close to several parks. West Friendship Park offers hiking and nature walks. Western Regional Park offers a large children's playground and several sports field. The Willow Springs Golf Course and the Cattail Creek Golf Course and Country Club cater to many of the community's affluent residents. Senior activities can be found in the Glenwood Community Center on Route 97.

The community has a small shopping center which houses the West Friendship branch of the US Post Office, banks, several restaurants and stores, medical offices, and a gas station.

West Friendship is served by the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department which has been in service since 1944.[9]

Climate[edit]

Like much of Howard County, West Friendship is located at the northern edge of the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with mild to cool winters and hot humid summers. Precipitation is plentiful and spread evenly throughout the year. Snowfall varies greatly from year to year, but averages 22.4 inches annually.

Climate data for West Friendship, MD
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74
(23)
80
(27)
89
(32)
95
(35)
96
(36)
100
(38)
103
(39)
103
(39)
99
(37)
88
(31)
84
(29)
78
(26)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 41
(5)
45
(7)
55
(13)
66
(19)
75
(24)
83
(28)
87
(31)
85
(29)
79
(26)
68
(20)
56
(13)
45
(7)
65.4
(18.5)
Average low °F (°C) 22
(−6)
24
(−4)
31
(−1)
39
(4)
49
(9)
58
(14)
63
(17)
61
(16)
54
(12)
42
(6)
34
(1)
26
(−3)
41.9
(5.4)
Record low °F (°C) −18
(−28)
−17
(−27)
3
(−16)
16
(−9)
26
(−3)
34
(1)
40
(4)
37
(3)
30
(−1)
17
(−8)
11
(−12)
−6
(−21)
−18
(−28)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.42
(86.9)
2.97
(75.4)
4.15
(105.4)
3.51
(89.2)
4.71
(119.6)
3.84
(97.5)
4.03
(102.4)
3.90
(99.1)
4.17
(105.9)
3.49
(88.6)
3.56
(90.4)
3.52
(89.4)
45.27
(1,149.8)
Source: [10]

Coordinates: 39°18′09″N 76°57′10″W / 39.30250°N 76.95278°W / 39.30250; -76.95278

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2010 U.S. Census results for zip code 21794
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.co.ho.md.us/PortalServices/HCG_Portal_Communities_WestFriendship.htm
  3. ^ Barbara Feaga. Howard's Roads to the Past. p. 41. 
  4. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Images of America Howard County. p. 42. 
  5. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-baltimore-most-expensive-first-2012-pg,0,1205268.photogallery
  6. ^ a b http://www.city-data.com/zips/21794.html
  7. ^ a b c http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_10_5YR_DP03&prodType=table
  8. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/subscriber-only/2013/08/16/wealthiest-zip-codes-in-the-baltimore.html
  9. ^ WFVFD.ORG
  10. ^ "West Friendship Historic Weather Averages in Maryland (21094)". Intellicast.com. Retrieved July 22, 2012.