Rockville has been Montgomery County’s Seat since 1776, but it wasn’t always known as Rockville. Other names of the longstanding town include Owen's Ordinary, Hungerford's Tavern, and Daley's Tavern—and before that, the land was occupied by the Piscataway and Nacotchtank tribes. The town’s long history makes it a culturally rich haven, with real estate options ranging from charming historic homes to affordable condos to spectacular new construction.
Is Rockville, MD a good place to live?
Niche.com gives Rockville an overall A+ grade, with especially high ratings for health and fitness, public schools, and diversity. Most residents own their homes in a mix of urban and suburban neighborhoods. Here, you’ll find many locally-owned coffee restaurants and small businesses in addition to luxury shopping centers and powerhouse employers in the technology, education, and healthcare industries. Considering Rockville for your next move? Here are our top pros and cons for buying a home here.
Pros of buying in Rockville, MD
1. Great career outlook
Rockville is home to many major employers in information technology, education, biotech, healthcare, and the federal and local government sectors according to the city’s economic development website. Per the latest U.S. census, the median household income here is $111,797—higher than the U.S. average of $70,784—and Rockville’s projected job growth from 2020 is 31.25% by 2040. Seasoned and up-and-coming professionals alike can find great opportunities if they choose to settle down in Rockville.
Additionally, from Rockville you can easily commute to Bethesda, D.C., and the surrounding areas for work, providing even greater access to career opportunities.
Rockville is a great place to buy a home if one of your top priorities is safety. Area Vibes gives the area an A- grade for safety and reports that its crime rate is 52% lower than the U.S. overall. Residents surveyed by Niche.com reported feeling “very safe” in Rockville and noted that police are visible and respond quickly. The safest neighborhoods reported by Neighborhood Scout include Glenora Hills, Aspen Hill West, and Lakewood Estates.
3. Parks and recreation
One of Rockville’s major upsides is the access it provides to outdoor activities. Living in the city, it can sometimes be difficult to get outside and connect to nature—but that’s not a problem in Rockville. This city boasts 67 beautifully-maintained parks where you can exercise, enjoy nature, meet with friends, walk your dog, and more. Like to bike, hike, or rollerblade? Head over to the Rock Creek Trail—an 18.6-mile-long asphalt trail offering scenic views and terminating at Lake Needwood where you can fish, picnic, and rent boats.
Cons of buying in Rockville, MD
Rockville is within easy driving distance to Bethesda and Washington D.C., but that means there are many cars on the road. Normal commutes take just over 15 minutes to Bethesda and 35 to D.C., but during peak hours, those times can more than double.
Luckily, you have commuting options besides the interstate. Hop onto the Metrorail at the Shady Grove Station near the Shady Grove Metro townhome community in Rockville, and you can get to Bethesda in 20 minutes and Washington D.C. in 40.
Some residents also avoid traffic by biking to their destinations on the Rock Creek Trail.
2. Climate change risk
With over 3,100 miles of shoreline, Maryland is one of the states most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Residents have already begun to feel effects including longer, hotter summers, flooding, and storm damage. While elevation and distance from the coast protect Rockville from some hazards, the City of Rockville released a report detailing the most pressing issues for residents. These include rising temperatures with intense heat waves, concentrated heavy rainfall, and an increase in the frequency and severity of storms. For homeowners, storm and flood damage are severe concerns. To protect yourself, it’s important to purchase homeowners insurance, and flood insurance—and if possible, avoid buying a home in a flood plain.
3. Cost of living
If you’re relocating from another area, the cost of living in Rockville may seem steep. Sperling’s Best Places cost of living analysis gives it a score of 140, meaning its cost of living is 40% higher than the national average. The cost of housing is a major contributing factor, coming in at more than double than the U.S. average. See what kind of home you can purchase for Rockville’s median home cost of around $600,000.
These numbers may seem high, but if you’re looking to relocate to Rockville from a nearby city, the cost of living here may actually be a pro. While Rockville’s cost of living score is 140, Washington D.C.’s is 151, Bethesda’s is 188, and Potomac’s is 192—meaning the cost of living in those locations is even higher than Rockville’s. If you’re looking for a spot in the Greater D.C. area with a lower cost of living, Rockville is right for you.
6 Rockville homes for sale now
1. 4941 Walkingfern Dr, Rockville, MD 20853 - $949,000
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,016 square feet
Listed by Chad Dudley • Compass, 301-298-1001 (broker)
Listed by Steve Gormley • Compass, 301-298-1001 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2075996
2. 1206 Maple Grove Ln, Rockville, MD 20850 - $719,000
3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2,420 square feet
Listed by xin chen • Independent Realty, Inc, 301-785-3300 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2076056
3. 11314 Rolling House Rd, Rockville, MD 20852 - $1,125,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 3,302 square feet
Listed by Jennifer Eckel • Compass, 240-219-2422 (broker)
Listed by Maureen Weaver • Compass, 240-219-2422 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2075788
4. 13411 Grenoble Dr, Rockville, MD 20853 - $539,000
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,928 square feet
Listed by John Logan • Keller Williams Realty Centre, 410-312-0000 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2075972
5. 10117 Sterling Ter, Rockville, MD 20850 - $650,000
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,298 square feet
Listed by Jim Winn • RE/MAX Realty Group, 301-258-7757 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2072982
6. 4426 Hallet St, Rockville, MD 20853 - $505,000
5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,158 square feet
Listed by Peter Kim • Bethesda Realty Group LLC, 301-230-3200 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2074948
7. 905 Maple Ave, Rockville, MD 20851 - $799,900
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,160 square feet
Listed by Charles Gilroy • Redfin Corp
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2074366
8. 16612 Cutlass Dr, Rockville, MD 20853 - $775,000
6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,161 square feet
Listed by Melinda Butterfield • RE/MAX Realty Services, 240-403-0400 (broker)
Listed by Paul Butterfield • RE/MAX Realty Services, 240-403-0400 (broker)
BRIGHT MLS #MDMC2075572
Buying a home in Rockville?
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All listings provided courtesy of BRIGHT MLS.
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