Derwood, Maryland
Derwood is located in Maryland
Derwood is located in the United States
Coordinates: 39°06′49″N 77°09′03″W / 39.11361°N 77.15083°W / 39.11361; -77.15083[1]
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Land0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation453 ft (138 m)
 • Total2,535
 • Density4,043.06/sq mi (1,562.07/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
FIPS code24-22775
GNIS feature ID2583607[1]
Autumn in Derwood

Derwood is an unincorporated area and census-designated place in east-central Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It lies just north of Rockville, southeast of Gaithersburg, southwest of Olney, and northwest of the greater Silver Spring area.[3] Derwood was originally "Deer Park" and was then "Deer Wood" before getting its current name.

The unincorporated area of Derwood includes the neighborhoods of Derwood Heights, Derwood Station, Mill Creek Towne, Needwood Estates, Muncaster Manor, Muncaster View, Hollybrooke, Granby Woods, Park Overlook, Preserve at Rock Creek, Redland Crossing, Candlewood Park, Cashell Estates, Avery Forest, Avery Lodge, Avery Village, Bowie Mill Estates, Bowie Mill Park, Winters Run, Redland Station, Rolling Knolls, Emory Grove, and Shady Grove Crossing, but the census-designated place consists of a far smaller area.

Between 2009 and 2011, Maryland Route 200 (also known as the Intercounty Connector or ICC) was constructed directly through central Derwood, affecting Cashell Estates and areas near Shady Grove Road.


Derwood was first recognized in the 1880s as a train stop on the B&O Railroad, which is now the intersection of Indianola Drive and Maryland Route 355 in Derwood Station.[4] A second, larger railroad station was built in Derwood from 1886 to 1889. In the early 1900s, a small community grew up around the station.

On January 7, 1954, Schwartz Mill caught fire and both it and the Derwood railroad station were destroyed. Derwood station was never rebuilt, since there were not enough passengers traveling through the area.

Lake Needwood

In 1965, the man-made Lake Needwood was created by impounding Rock Creek.

In 1974, the Derwood post office relocated to Redland Shopping Center. It kept the name "Derwood Branch," and designated the entire 20855 zip code area as Derwood, greatly increasing its size. The community's population expanded with the establishment of Shady Grove Metro station in 1984.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Derwood has a total area of 0.628 square miles (1.63 km2), of which, 0.627 square miles (1.62 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]

Derwood is located in the north central part of Montgomery County, in the Atlantic coastal plain. The community is near the start of the Appalachian highlands.

Derwood has a humid subtropical climate similar to nearby Washington D.C. It lies in hardiness zone 7a, with chilly winters, where the daily maximum temperatures are mostly above freezing, and the minimum are generally below freezing.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

Derwood has 1,700 residents, ranking 294th out of 528 cities in Maryland in terms of population. The largest Derwood racial/ethnic groups are White (36.4%) followed by Hispanic (17.2%) and Asian (14.8%). Derwood households' median annual household income in 2021 was $71,471. Households in Derwood made somewhat more money ($71,375) than those in Rohrersville and Oxford ($71,464). However, 7.2% of households in Derwood are poor. Derwood residents are 42.4 years old on average.[6]


Goodwill Industries is based in Derwood.

The Derwood Dusters football team of the DTFL plays their home games in Derwood.[7]

Public schools

Residents are zoned to Montgomery County Public Schools.

Students who are residents of Derwood are either in the Magruder or Richard Montgomery cluster and attend the following schools, some of which are outside of Derwood:


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Derwood, Maryland
  2. ^ a b "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Derwood, Maryland
  4. ^ "Short History of Derwood, Maryland".
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Derwood Demographics - Get Current Census Data for Derwood, MD". Retrieved June 13, 2023.
  7. ^ "Fantasy Football Team Clubhouse - ESPN".