West Anne Arundel County is the growth engine for Anne Arundel County, but still retains pockets of country living reflecting its initial settlement as plantations along the many rivers and tributaries found throughout the area. The town of Odenton sprung up around the railroad lines, and the original Odenton train station is still in use today as a MARC commuter rail stop — the busiest non-terminal stop on the Penn Line. During World War I, West County became the home to Fort George G. Meade, and later to the National Security Agency.
The proximity to Fort George G. Meade and the National Security Agency, as well as its convenience to Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis by highway and transit, makes this part of the county an attractive place for employers and employees alike. What was once a farming community and transportation hub is now an emerging defense and intelligence center with companies specializing in informatics, communications, high speed computing, aerospace, and instrumentation.
Thanks to government and military expansion, West County is anticipating another important growth phase. This additional development will bring many desired services, including extensive shopping, dining, and residential options to the people of West County and Fort Meade. Whether new to West County or a longtime resident exploring its resources, West Anne Arundel County has much to offer residents, business owners and employees. Explore the possibilities.