Harwood 20776 is a Maryland community located in Southern Anne Arundel County, which is in the central part of the state only about 12 miles west and 15 minutes from downtown Annapolis, Maryland’s state capital via Route 2.
In 2010, Anne Arundel County’s total population was 537,656. It rests comfortably on more than 534 miles of coastline connected to the legendary shores of Chesapeake Bay. With all of this water nearby, it’s no surprise that the county is famous for its numerous aquatic activities, such as fishing, boating, crabbing, sailing, swimming, and water skiing.
Shopping and Dining
As you might expect from a rural county, there is little commercial development in these communities; however, on the plus side there is also no high density housing.
Another plus for the residents of Anne Arundel County who like to shop and dine (which is pretty much everyone, right?) is their close proximity to three large metropolitan areas. Only 35 miles south of Baltimore, and with the Nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C. less than 30 miles to the east, you can bet that shopping and dining options abound in and around Anne Arundel County.
One-stop shopping and dining can be found at the Westfield Annapolis shopping center, one of the Chesapeake Bay area’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Among the mall’s 238 stores are the Apple Store, JCPenney, Macy’s, Pottery Barn and GameStop. Restaurants in Westfield Annapolis include Applebee’s, McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant, Punk’s Backyard Grill, as well as numerous fast food restaurants.
Parks and Recreation
There are more than 140 wildlife sanctuaries and recreational parks within Anne Arundel County. In fact, the county’s Recreation and Parks Department manages and maintains more than 1,000 acres of land. This includes vast open spaces, community and regional parks and facilities, as well as land designated as environmental, historical, and archaeological preserves.
The county also offers specialized recreational facilities, including two swim centers, two golf courses, and a baseball stadium and softball complex. Also, check into one of the extensive program offerings, such as school-age childcare and adaptive recreation.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The public education needs of the good folks in Harwood are served by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Southern High School in Harwood is a celebrated Blue Ribbon School. The district employs more than 5,000 staff to educate students in the county’s 78 elementary schools, 19 middle schools and 13 high schools. There are also a number of charter, special education and private schools in the area.
Post-secondary education is offered by Anne Arundel Community College at several locations throughout the county. Both the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College, U.S. are located in Annapolis.
For medical and health care, the residents of Davidsonville, Riva and Harwood have a number of nearby options, including Harbor Hospital, about five miles away in Brooklyn, Md.; Anne Arundel Medical Center, about six miles away in Annapolis; and Doctors’ Community Hospital, about fifteen miles distant in Lanham, Md.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is greater Baltimore’s main airport and is located in Anne Arundel County.
Other transportation options within the county include the Maryland Transit Administration’s Light Rail system, multiple stops along the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) rail service, and Amtrak trains.
The primary highway in Anne Arundel County is Interstate 97, which is the only main-line interstate highway in the U.S. that’s solely contained within a single county.
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