Germantown, Maryland

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Germantown, Maryland

Introduction to Germantown, Maryland

Germantown is an unincorporated municipality in Montgomery County, Maryland. Serviced principally by Interstate I-270 and Maryland State Highway 27, Germantown is situated 20 miles southeast of Frederick, 53 miles west of Baltimore, and 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. Although the majority of early residents in the area were of Scottish and English descent, many of the shops in the area's first commercial center were owned by a group of German immigrants, a fact which most likely explains the community's name. Although small throughout much of its history, Germantown has exploded in population since the 1970s and is today a large and urbanized municipality.

Germantown Area Attractions

Performing arts in Germantown can be found at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, which brings quality performing, visual, and arts education programs to the community. Another Germantown attraction is the Seneca Schoolhouse. Established in 1865, the one-room schoolhouse is a reminder of the early days of public education and now serves as a museum and teaching facility with a scenic picnic area.

Only a half-hour away, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is home to several attractions of all types including the following:

  • National Gallery of Art
  • Capital Children's Museum
  • The Octagon Museum
  • International Spy Museum
  • Woodrow Wilson House Museum
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • National Postal Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • The National Zoo
  • Shakespeare Theatre
  • The Washington Opera
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Washington Ballet

Professional sports can be found in nearby Frederick, home of Minor League Baseball's Frederick Keys, a Class Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. A little further away in the city of Washington, the following pro teams call the city their home:

  • Hockey: Washington Capitals (NHL)
  • Baseball: Washington Nationals (MLB)
  • Soccer: DC United (MLS)
  • Men's basketball: Washington Wizards (NBA)
  • Women's basketball: Washington Mystics (WNBA)

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High Points

Germantown strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maryland):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 14% Germantown Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Germantown Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Germantown College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Germantown Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Germantown Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Germantown Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Germantown, Maryland

Comparing Germantown to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maryland (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Racial Diversity 8 9
Male Share of the Population 6 8
Female Share of the Population 5 3
Age of the Population 3 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 7
Portion of People Married 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 2 5
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
People Living Alone 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Germantown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles NW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 20874, 20876
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20875
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.173
Longitude -77.271

Germantown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BOYDS 2 NW
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 67 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
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Germantown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 55,419 100%
Male 26,985 48.7%
Female 28,434 51.3%
Under 18 16,003 28.9%
18+ 39,416 71.1%
65+ 1,719 3.1%
Median Age 31.3
Average Family Size 3.19
White 34,473 62.2%
African-American 10,600 19.1%
Asian 5,456 9.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 187 0.3%
Other 2,338 4.2%
Mixed Race 2,328 4.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,660 10.2%

Germantown Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.6%
German 11.5%
Irish 9.3%
English 5.7%
US/American 5%
Italian 4.7%
Polish 2.5%
African 1.8%
Russian 1.8%
Scottish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
European 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Iranian 1.1%
Swedish 0.8%
British 0.8%
Jamaican 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Haitian 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Guyanese 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Liberian 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Armenian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
British West Indian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Germantown 55,419 $67,204
Barnesville 161 $79,581
Gaithersburg 52,613 $66,669
Garrett Park 917 $126,662
Laytonsville 277 $83,261
Poolesville 5,151 $88,916
Washington Grove 515 $97,029

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Germantown High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,778 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

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