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)


Total Population 89,826
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 6.4%
Employed Population 16+ 48,271
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 52.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.9%
Median Earnings25+ $52,256
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,809
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,367


Median Family Income $95,531
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 10.3%


People Living Alone 23.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,629
Median House Value $308,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.7%
US/American 0.4%
English 4.7%
Irish 5.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barnesville 164 $127,188
Gaithersburg 64,945 $92,463
Garrett Park 998 $181,250
Laytonsville 337 $138,750
Poolesville 5,100 $167,845
Washington Grove 636 $119,643

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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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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