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Overview

Introduction to Rockville, Maryland

Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery county, is 4 miles SE of Gaithersburg, Maryland and 15 miles NW of Washington, D.C.. The city’s population is approximately 47,388.

Rockville History

Rockville was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The community was established in 1717. Arthur Nelson obtained the first land patents between 1717 and 1735, when Rockville was a part of Prince George's County. While the community was unincorporated it was known by a number of different names, including Hungerford's Tavern, Owen's Ordinary and Daley's Tavern. Rockville was officially incorporated as a village on March 10, 1860. It was named after nearby Rock Creek. The Ohio and Baltimore Railroad arrived in the year 1873, increasing Rockville's accessibility from Washington D.C. The first trolley service in Rockville was established by the Tennallytown and Rockville Railway in 1891.

Rockville and nearby Attractions

  • Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History and Culture
  • Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge
  • Beall-Dawson House
  • Gardens at Glenview Mansion
  • Daughters of American Revolution Museum
  • National Zoo

Things To Do In Rockville

From Rockville, a number of historical sites and museums are accessible, including the Gaithersburg Community Museum, the National Capital Trolley Museum, the Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, the Beall-Dawson House and the Sandy Spring Museum. The Cabin John Regional Park includes a skating rink and a nature center, while the Wheaton Regional Park features a conservatory and also includes the Brookside Gardens. Other popular local parks include Rock Creek Regional Park, Riverbend Park and the Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge. Golfers can enjoy a round at the RedGate Municipal Golf Course. The Rockville Music Festival and Hard Times Chili Cook-off is hosted by Rockville every September.

Rockville Transportation

Washington Reagan National is the nearest major airport.

Rockville Higher Education

The city of Rockville is home to the Montgomery College of Rockville.

People

Total Population 64,331
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 35,121
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 53.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64%
Median Earnings25+ $60,467
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,764
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,886

Wealth

Median Family Income $120,180
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 18.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,805
Median House Value $493,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 6.2%
Irish 8.1%

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

Rockville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SE of Gaithersburg, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles NW of Washington, District of Columbia
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 20850, 20851, 20852, 20853, 20854, 20855
P.O. Box Zip Codes 20847, 20848, 20849, 20859
Company Zip Codes 20857
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.083
Longitude -77.153

Rockville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ROCKVILLE 1 NE
Distance 1.1 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
Station COLLEGE PARK
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rockville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Derwood (20855)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethesda 62,102 $200,053
Gaithersburg 64,945 $92,463
Garrett Park 998 $181,250
Glen Echo 286 $215,000
Kensington 1,990 $171,667
Washington Grove 636 $119,643

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

Rockville Public Libraries

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Montgomery County Public Libraries
99 MARYLAND AVENUE
Rockville, Maryland
(240) 777-0002

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Rockville Hospitals

SHADY GROVE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
9901 MEDICAL CTR DR
(301) 279-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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THOMAS S. WOOTTON HIGH
2100 WOOTTON PKWY
301-279-8550
Serves 2,245 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

COL. ZADOK MAGRUDER HIGH
5939 MUNCASTER MILL RD
301-840-4600
Serves 2,184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

RICHARD MONTGOMERY HIGH
250 RICHARD MONTGOMERY DR
301-279-8400
Serves 1,843 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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850 HUNGERFORD DR CESC RM 170
301-517-8131
A Non-traditional School
Serves 232 students.

ROCK TERRACE SCHOOL
390 MARTINS LN
301-279-4940
A Special Education School
Serves 145 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

REGIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
15000 BROSCHART RD
301-251-6900
A Special Education School
Serves 138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.3

MARK TWAIN SCHOOL
14501 AVERY RD
301-279-4900
A Special Education School
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.9

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