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More than a century ago, Cockeysville developed as part of a pig iron mining community. Although traces of the old buildings can still be seen in the surrounding areas, the Cockeysville of today bears little resemblance to its early state. Bordered by the upscale suburban communities of Hunt Valley, Jacksonville, and Timonium, Cockeysville serves as a main destination for many North County residents. Its numerous shopping centers, big box stores, movie theaters, and affordable restaurants make it popular with locals who do not want to stray far from home.
Considerably more affordable than its neighboring towns, Cockeysville is a popular choice for first time buyers looking to purchase a single family home or townhouse. In addition, the Cockeysville school district includes several Maryland State Blue Ribbon Award-winners, with dedicated staff, small class sizes, and strong athletic programs. But Cockeysville is also conveniently located near many of the Baltimore region's most prestigious private, parochial, and independent elementary, middle, and high schools.
During the past decade, Cockeysville has become much more accessible to other parts of the Baltimore Metro area with the opening of the Light Rail train system. Running approximately every 30 minutes, with its northernmost stops in Cockeysville, the Light Rail spans southbound through Baltimore City and all the way to the Baltimore Washington International Airport. Although the drive to the city on I-83 is only about 20 minutes, more and more commuters are choosing this easy, affordable, and ecologically friendly mode of public transportation.
With its well situated location, affordable properties, and multicultural population, Cockeysville is a progressive town in the largely rural Northern Baltimore County. Close to the city, but far enough away to still have a country sensibility, Cockeysville is a great suburban location for people looking to purchase their first home in the North County.