History West Friendship, Maryland

The unincorporated community of West Friendship is an affluent semi-rural settlement located at the junction of Interstate 70 and Maryland Route 32.  Based on Stein’s history (1972) land grants were provided to families whose descendants live in the area today. Families like the Warfield, Ridgely, Selby, Hobbs, Cross and Cissel have helped establish West Friendship today.  During the 19th century the population of the community numbered fifty. Empty land soon gave way to the Thomas S. Cross General Store and Post Office.  A one-room schoolhouse provided primary education for the residents.


In West Friendship, 90.6 % of the population is Caucasian, 2.5% is African-American and 4.7% is Hispanic.

Cost of Living

COST OF LIVING West Friendship Maryland USA
  Overall 185 117 100
  Grocery 110.5 112.4 100
  Health 98 101 100
  Housing 361 144 100
  Median Home Cost $705,900 $282,000 $216,200
  Utilities 104 113 100
  Transportation 101 105 100
  Miscellaneous 97 97 100

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means West Friendship (zip 21794) is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means West Friendship (zip 21794), Maryland is more expensive.  

Schools in West Friendship, MD

The Howard County Public School District serves the educational needs of the community. Elementary school is zoned for West Friendship Elementary or Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School. Middle School students attend Mount View Middle School or Folly Quarter Middle School and high school students go to Glenelg High School or Marriotts Ridge High School. Private school options are Glenelg Country School and Glenwood Country Day School. 28% of students in West Friendship attend private school.

Places of Worship

There is one church listed in West Friendship and that is the Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.

44.2% of the people in West Friendship are religious:
– 2.9% are Baptist
– 1.9% are Episcopalian
– 19.7% are Catholic
– 1.9% are Lutheran
– 4.7% are Methodist
– 0.5% are Pentecostal
– 1.2% are Presbyterian
– 0.9% are LDS
– 8.6% are another Christian faith
– 1.3% are Jewish
– 0.2% are an eastern faith
– 0.1% affiliates with Islam 


The top employers in the community are:

  • High’s Dairy Stores
  • Navajo

Restaurants & Nightlife

Tony’s Pizzeria – Best pizza place in town. Do try the large sausage pizza and the cheesecake sub. Pizza is excellent, well done on the crust and perfect plus the sausage and sauce had good flavor. Cheesesteak is likewise delicious and the service was excellent.

Subway – Great sandwiches to-go or dine-in. Service is prompt and friendly. Nice option for breads whether you prefer toasted or not and good selections too for the dressing and toppings.

Fun Things to Do in West Friendship

Howard County Fairgrounds – this is the home of the annual Howard County Fair and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  There is also the Motorcycle Swap meet that is hosted several times a year.

West Friendship Park – offers hiking and nature walks.

West Regional Park – Offers a huge children’s playground and several sports fields.

Top Local Homebuilders

Top local homebuilders are:

  • Zander Homes
  • Mitchell & Best Homes
  • Viking Homes
  • Allan Homes Unlimited Inc.

Top Local Landscapers

Top local landscapers are:

  • Edward’s Lawn & Home
  • Oaks Landscaping & Ten Oaks Nursery
  • Honeysuckle Nursery & Design
  • Carroll Landscaping
  • Lehnhoff’s Landscaping

Top Local Realtors

Top local realtors in and around West Friendship are:

  • Northrop Realty
  • Bob Lucido Team
  • Laura & Lisa Kittleman
  • Wendy Slaughter
  • Debbie Gottwals
  • Sharon Keeny

West Friendship, Maryland truly is a great place to live. If you are interested to know more about our remodeling design services, give us a call. We can’t wait to meet you.