The unincorporated community of Towson, Maryland traces its roots to the mid-18th century when two Pennsylvanian brothers, William and Thomas Towson, first began farming the area they called “Towsontown.” A century later, Towson became Baltimore County’s seat and served as the theatre for two Civil War engagements, but remained largely a rural area until after World War II, when the postwar suburban boom caused Towson proper to see significant development and commercialization. Towson has since grown into a bustling metropolitan center for education, medicine, county government, and retail; all the while retaining a strong connection to its historical roots.
Conveniently situated just north of Baltimore—inside the Beltway Interstate (I-695) and East of I-83—Towson provides a stimulating environment with a host of important institutions and locales. Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Downtown Baltimore/Inner Harbor are both easily accessible via the Maryland Transportation Authority buses or light rail. This area is primarily known for housing Towson University, a highly ranked public university offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs on its campus. With nearly 22,000 students, this local institution serves as a major employment driver with over 1,600 full-time and
part-time faculty members.
In addition to the esteemed university, Towson prides itself on having the superior amenities of metropolitan life in a suburban atmosphere. Residents enjoy a wide range of retail amenities that include the Towson Town Center, Towson Marketplace, and Towson Square. This area is also home to a plethora of restaurants, bars, museums, and concert venues which enhance its cultural ambience.