A Local's Guide To Living In Crofton, Maryland

Written By Malcolm Lawson

Rated one of the best areas to live in all of Anne Arundel County, Crofton Maryland is a suburb located between Baltimore, Washington DC, and Annapolis. Residents here have easy access to everything they need from a big city without sacrificing the small-town lifestyle.  Crofton is primarily built around Route 3 which makes it quick and easy for residents to everything they need.

About Crofton, Maryland

A planned community, Crofton was completed in 1964. It was originally a gated community located within the Crofton Parkway loop. The gates have since opened and now serve as a symbol that Crofton is an open community. However, Crofton Parkway still encloses the center and now hosts several events every year, including some annual parades. The 3.5-mile track is also a favorite place for walking, biking, and jogging.

Crofton remains small, with a population of a little over 27,000 and covering 6.6 square miles. To the southwest of Crofton is the Little Patuxent River, which separates Anne Arundel from Prince Georges county.

Crofton Parkway Loop in Crofton Maryland

Living in Crofton, MD

Crofton is made up of a number of small neighborhoods, including Crofton Town Center, Crofton Meadows, Conaways, and Nantucket Mews. Most people use their own transport, but there is a bus line for commuters to reach the metro station in New Carrolton. In addition to the Amtrak and Greyhound lines in New Carrolton, there is a commuter train to reach Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington D.C.

Things to Do in Crofton

There are several interesting sites right within Crofton.

Take your family to Crofton Go Kart Raceway for a few laps around the Go Kart track.

Or take hem to Skate Zone which is just down the street. Skate Zone is an indoor roller skating rink with an arcade. This is a fun way to have fun and get some exercise with your family. They also host birthday parties.

One is Katcef Archeological Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It consists of several campsites dating from the Paleo-Indian Clovis period to late the Woodland Period.

Another is Linthicum Walks, a more than 200-year-old property that once formed part of a tobacco farm. It is also listed on the Register of Historic Places, and it recently underwent a restoration. George Washington would stay at the property when traveling between his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, and Annapolis or Philadelphia.

Finally, there’s White’s Hall, where Johns Hopkins was born. An entrepreneur and abolitionist, he is best known for being the first benefactor of Johns Hopkins University. White’s Hall, built in the late 1700s, is a historic mansion that belonged to his family.

Within the Crofton Parkway, you will find the Crofton Country Club. Established in 1964, the Crofton Country Club has hosted the Maryland Opens and is seen as a challenging but enjoyable course.

Schools in Crofton, Maryland

Crofton has a large number of schools, all of which are highly rated. There are four elementary schools: Crofton Elementary School, Crofton Meadows Elementary, Crofton Woods Elementary, and Nantucket Elementary. Children from all four tend to go to Crofton Middle in Gambrills for grades 6 to 8. They then have the choice of Arundel High School (also in Gambrills), South River High School (in Edgewater), or the new Crofton High School. Contact the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for more information. 

Parks and Leisure Activities

The WB&A Trail runs through Crofton. This is a 13-mile paved biking and jogging trail which was originally the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Railway.

You also have Swann Park which features a playground for the kids, walking trails along the woods and water views, and access to a large pond. 

There are also two large golf courses in Crofton.  The first dates back to the founding of Crofton, when it was a community golf course. Today it is Crofton Country Club. The second is the Walden Golf Club.

Shopping in Crofton, Maryland

There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in Crofton, including Crofton Centre Shopping Center, Hopkins Place Shopping Center, Crofton Village Green Shopping Center, and Crofton Station Shopping Center. There are even more malls just outside Crofton. In particular, Bowie Town Center mall has a great variety of restaurants.

Homes for Sale in Crofton

Crofton has a mix of older classic row homes built in the 60’s and 70’s and newer detached homes built more recently.  Houses in Crofton have a median value of $417,740, compared to $312,500 in Maryland as a whole. Close to 80 percent of residents own their homes. Median rent is $1,864.

Homes tend to be large, single-family homes, although there are also condos and apartment complexes. Crofton also has some of the only row houses in the area, located in Crofton Town Center.

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