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Laytonsville, Maryland
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Location of Laytonsville, Maryland
Location of Laytonsville, Maryland
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Flag of Montgomery County, Maryland.svg Montgomery
Incorporated 1892
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Land 1.05 sq mi (2.71 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
614 ft (187 m)
 • Total 572
 • Density 546.32/sq mi (211.02/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
20879, 20882
Area code(s) 301, 240
FIPS code 24-46250
GNIS feature ID 0585383

Laytonsville is a town in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The population was 353 at the 2010 census. Laytonsville was incorporated in 1892.


Laytonsville has stood as a crossroad to the history of Maryland for over two centuries. The intersection of the northern district of the town provides a route to the major metropolitan areas of the state-- Damascus and Frederick County, to the east to Baltimore, to the south toward Washington, D.C., and to the west the Potomac River. Although in January 1998 Laytonsville is still a cozy town, its small size, 614 acres and a population of 295, belies its long and interesting history.

Laytonsville was originally known as Cracklintown. This name originated from the popular cracklin bread, which was baked in the locale. This recipe, essentially a bacon corn bread, also lent the entire area the name of Cracklin District. The original town extended beyond Laytonsville’s current boundaries, along Sundown Road toward the Hawlings River. The earliest church, school, and store were in this area. The first major transit road through Cracklintown was built in the early 1800s. This was the Brink-Sundown Road, referred to in documents from the early 1800s as the “road from the mouth of the Monocacy to Ellicotts Mills.”

Route 108 appears in the historical record to have been added in the very early 1800’s. This crossroads provided a major artery for cattle and pigs headed for the bustling markets of Baltimore, and established the town as a comfortable stopover for the drovers. By the early nineteenth-century, substantial brick buildings were being constructed, such as the Layton House and a tavern across the road from. By 1850, the southeast corner of the crossroads was developed. Much of the rest of the town along Rt. 108 was not developed until the 1870s.

A second reason for the development of the town was the successful farming in the area. Laytonsville farmers were blessed by the quality of the soil, a Manor loam or Chester loam, very fertile and well drained, but a soil which doesn't dry out too quickly. Under the loam lies a subsoil of red clay which assists in holding the moisture for roots even during hot, dry summers – great farming land.

Laytonsville was incorporated in 1892.


Laytonsville is located at 39°12′41″N 77°8′24″W / 39.21139°N 77.14000°W / 39.21139; -77.14000 (39.211256, -77.140134). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.04 square miles (2.69 km2), all of it land. The town has more of a small town, rural character than nearby Olney, Maryland. There are a number of tracts of farmland on the outskirts, as well as numerous homes on large plots of land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 148
1910 133 −10.1%
1920 133 0.0%
1930 146 9.8%
1940 127 −13.0%
1950 132 3.9%
1960 196 48.5%
1970 293 49.5%
1980 195 −33.4%
1990 248 27.2%
2000 277 11.7%
2010 353 27.4%
2020 572 62.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

The median income for a household in the town was $75,000, and the median income for a family was $83,261. Males had a median income of $57,500 versus $38,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,681. None of the families and 0.7% of the population were living below the poverty line.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 353 people, 127 households, and 98 families living in the town. The population density was 339.4 inhabitants per square mile (131.0/km2). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 127.9 per square mile (49.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.0% White, 6.8% African American, 7.4% Asian, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 127 households, of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.8% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.19.

The median age in the town was 42.9 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 38.5% were from 45 to 64; and 9.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.


Laytonsville is served by the Montgomery County Public Schools.

Schools that serve Laytonsville include:

  • Laytonsville Elementary School
  • Gaithersburg Middle School
  • Gaithersburg High School


2019-06-17 16 36 20 View west along Maryland State Route 108 (Laytonsville Road) just west of Willow Lane in Laytonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland
MD 108 westbound in Laytonsville

The only state highway serving Laytonsville is Maryland Route 108. MD 108 follows a generally east–west course along a roughly S-shaped route, connecting Maryland Route 27 at Damascus with Maryland Route 175 in Columbia. The most prominent highway MD 108 connects to is U.S. Route 29 in Columbia, though it also links to Maryland Route 97 and Maryland Route 650; all three highways head towards Washington, D.C.

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