Maryland Heights has grown at a steady rate since incorporation in 1985. Settlers from Maryland, reminded of their home state by the expanse of rolling hills in the northeast section of town, named the area in the early 1900s.
During World War II, the community experienced a population surge, and transformed from a semi-rural area to a developing urban town. Roadway construction in the 1950s and 60s created improved access in and out of the area. By the late 1970s, Maryland Heights had established itself as a satellite community of St. Louis.
Today, Maryland Heights is the eighth largest municipality in St. Louis County with more than 27,345 residents and 2,000 businesses.