Located in central Montgomery County, Olney was primarily an agricultural area until the middle of the Twentieth Century. The area has developed since then as a residential locality with the expansion of metro Washington, D.C.
Some attractions that draw visitors are the Olney Ale House and the Olney Theatre. The Olney Theatre attracts visitors from nearby Baltimore and Washington as well as residents who enjoy spectacular performaces. The Olney Aquatic Center, the Norbeck Golf Course and the Montgomery County library are other areas of interest. A visit to the Sandy Spring Museum helps to enlighten visitors about the historic past of the area.
The Olney Manor Park, Bowie Mill Park and Needwood Park are some of the popular parks in the region. Some of these parks are owned by private associations and homeowners, and feature activities such as archery ranges, picnic areas, biking and hiking trails among other facilities on their grounds.
Apart from the excellent Montgomery County Public Schools there are also numerous private schools in the area. Higher education institutions are also only short drives away in neighboring cities.
Compared to other D.C. suburbs, Olney offers more affordable housing, which has contributed to the area's popularity. Olney also has several undeveloped tracts that provide unique opportunities for future development. The high standard of living which is common to Montgomery County also draws people to Olney, and makes it the perfect small town in which to live and work.