The 1950s Housing Boom in Montgomery County

On January 1, 1950, Montgomery County, Maryland had 164,401 residents. Over the next ten years, the population increased 107% to 340,928. This surge in County residents ignited a decade of rapid housing construction that increased the number of single-family homes by 94% from 46,803 to 89,292.

This online exhibit examines the 1950s housing boom in Montgomery County, MD. It discusses national and local factors that fueled the boom, 1950s housing styles, where new houses were built, who built them, what they cost, and what the houses looked like.