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Overview

Introduction to Gaithersburg, Maryland

The Maryland city of Gaithersburg, county seat of Montgomery County, is located 50 miles west of Baltimore and 27 miles northwest of the nation's capital of Washington, D.C. Surrounding communities include Germantown, Potomac, and Rockville. Maryland. The city is serviced by Interstate I-270, as well as Maryland State Highways 117 and 355.

Incorporated in 1878, Gaithersburg was named after Benjamin Gaither, an early resident of the area who built a house in 1802 at the site of the city's famous Forest Oak tree; a landmark which lived to be about 300 years old before its demise at the hands of a severe storm in 1997. In 1899 the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was built and along with five others like it around the world, was used to gather information for measuring the earth's polar motion and determining its size, shape, and physical properties. The year 1961 saw the move of the National Bureau of Standards (now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology) into Gaithersburg, creating a complex which maintains standards for scientific research and houses the standard meter and kilogram to which all others are compared for accuracy. Other science-related firms soon followed suit, giving the city the nickname of "Science Capital of the United States". Today a suburb of Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg's major economic activities of biotechnology, telecommunications, and software development are largely related to Federal Government contracts.

Things to do in Gaithersburg

Throughout the year, Gaithersburg sponsors many events. Every fall, the city comes alive with its annual Celebrate Gaithersburg Street Festival, an event which includes food, live music, amusements, arts and crafts, and more. Kids can enjoy games, interactive theatre, and demonstrations including a Health and Fitness Area featuring karate and tumbling demonstrations with speed and agility drills. Winter Lights, which takes place in December, is an extraordinary light display featuring more than 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays along a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. In August, the city hosts the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, the largest county fair in the State of Maryland. The week-long event includes lots of carnival rides, food, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages. The Shaker Forest Festival, a two-weekend event held in September, features exhibitors costumed in 18th Century garb, plenty of food, and a variety of family entertainment.

Located between the Washington, D.C, and Baltimore metropolitan areas, Gaithersburg affords its residents and visitors easy access to attractions in both locales. Just a few of the many sights in Washington, D.C. are the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum, the White House and Capitol buildings, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Capital Children's Museum. Maryland attractions include historic Fort McHenry, the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Inner Harbor, and the Baltimore Aquarium, among many others.

Sports of both the professional and college varieties are prominent in the area. The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. is home to three teams: hockey's Washington Capitals (NHL), and basketball's Washington Wizards (NBA) and Washington Mystics (WNBA). Also located in Washington are Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals and Major League Soccer's DC United, both tenants of the city's RFK Stadium. In nearby Landover, about 30 minutes away, the NFL's Washington Redskins play their football games. About an hour away is the city of Baltimore, home to the Baltimore Orioles (MLB baseball) and Baltimore Ravens (NFL football). The Orioles play in one of the most attractive ballparks in the majors (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) and the Ravens play at the adjacent M&T Bank Stadium. Also playing in Baltimore are the Blast (MISL soccer), Pearls (ABA basketball), and Bayhawks (MLL lacrosse), who will be relocating to Washington, D.C. in the 2007 season. Lacrosse fans will note that Baltimore is also home to the U.S. Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. For college sports fans, there are numerous NCAA Division 1 colleges and universities in the area offering dozens of sporting events. Two of the most notable are the University of Maryland in College Park, home of the Terrapins, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., home of the Hoyas.

Demographics

People

Total Population66,104
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens11.1%
Employed Population 16+34,566
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married51%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54%
Median Earnings25+$49,144
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,483
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,677

Wealth

Median Family Income$93,939
% Above Poverty Level91.1%
% Below Poverty Level8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation14.3%

Housing

People Living Alone26%
Median Gross Rent$1,586
Median House Value$369,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.4%
African7%
Irish5.4%
English5.4%
Italian3.3%
Russian2.1%
Polish2%
West Indian1.5%
French Except Basque1.3%
Scottish1.3%
Iranian1.1%
Arab1%
Swedish0.8%
Ethiopian0.7%
Nigerian0.6%
Ghanaian0.6%
Jamaican0.6%
Ugandan0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Greek0.3%
US/American0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Sierra Leone0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
British0.1%
South African0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
German0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
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Gaithersburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes20882, 20877, 20879, 20878, 20886
P.O. Box Zip Codes20883, 20884, 20885, 20898
Company Zip Codes20899
Phone Area Codes240, 301
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.17
Approximate Longitude-77.19

Gaithersburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationROCKVILLE 1 NE
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp24 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip43 inches
StationDALECARLIA RESERVOIR
Distance15.2 miles
Jan Temp24 to 44 F
Apr Temp42 to 69 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationCOLLEGE PARK
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp26 to 42 F
Apr Temp44 to 66 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 69 F
Annual Precip44.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brookeville161$126,875
Garrett Park1,058$210,156
Germantown90,494$94,642
Laytonsville348$137,500
Rockville65,171$121,330
Washington Grove593$125,357

Gaithersburg Public Schools

Candlewood Elementary
18100 Washington Grove Lane
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-7167
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Forest Oak Middle
651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd
ZIP: 20877
(301) 670-8242
Middle
Total Enrollment 824
Gaithersburg Elementary
35 N Summit Ave
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-7136
Primary
Total Enrollment 802
Gaithersburg High
101 Education Blvd
ZIP: 20877
(301) 284-4500
High
Total Enrollment 2235
Gaithersburg Middle
2 Teachers' Way
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-4554
Middle
Total Enrollment 752
Rosemont Elementary
16400 Alden Ave
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-7123
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Shady Grove Middle
8100 Midcounty Hgwy
ZIP: 20877
(301) 548-7540
Middle
Total Enrollment 596
South Lake Elementary
18201 Contour Rd
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-7141
Primary
Total Enrollment 852
Summit Hall Elementary
101 W Deer Park Rd
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-7127
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Washington Grove Elementary
8712 Oakmont St
ZIP: 20877
(301) 840-7120
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Brown Station Elementary
851 Quince Orchard Blvd
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-7172
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Darnestown Elementary
15030 Turkey Foot Rd
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-7157
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
Diamond Elementary
4 Marquis Dr
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-7177
Primary
Total Enrollment 650
Dufief Elementary
15001 Dufief Dr
ZIP: 20878
(301) 279-4980
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Fields Road Elementary
1 School Dr
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-7131
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Jones Lane Elementary
15110 Jones Ln
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-8160
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Lakelands Park Middle
1200 Main St
ZIP: 20878
(301) 670-1400
Middle
Total Enrollment 1002
Quince Orchard High
15800 Quince Orchard Rd
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-4686
High
Total Enrollment 1891
Rachel Carson Elementary
100 Tschiffely Square Rd
ZIP: 20878
(301) 840-5333
Primary
Total Enrollment 1015
Ridgeview Middle
16600 Raven Rock Dr
ZIP: 20878
(240) 406-1300
Middle
Total Enrollment 701
Thurgood Marshall Elementary
12260 Mcdonald Chapel Dr
ZIP: 20878
(301) 670-8282
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Flower Hill Elementary
18425 Flower Hill Way
ZIP: 20879
(301) 840-7161
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Judith A. Resnik Elementary
7301 Hadley Farms Drive
ZIP: 20879
(301) 670-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Strawberry Knoll Elementary
18820 Strawberry Knoll Rd
ZIP: 20879
(301) 840-7112
Primary
Total Enrollment 594
Watkins Mill High
10301 Apple Ridge Rd
ZIP: 20879
(301) 840-3959
High
Total Enrollment 1494
Whetstone Elementary
19201 Thomas Farm Rd
ZIP: 20879
(301) 840-7191
Primary
Total Enrollment 756
Goshen Elementary
8701 Warfield Rd
ZIP: 20882
(301) 840-8165
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Laytonsville Elementary
21401 Laytonsville Rd
ZIP: 20882
(301) 840-7145
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
Woodfield Elementary
24200 Woodfield Rd
ZIP: 20882
(301) 253-7085
Primary
Total Enrollment 298

Gaithersburg Private Schools

Avalon School
200 W Diamond Ave
ZIP: 20877
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 171
Covenant Life School
7503 Muncaster Mill Rd
ZIP: 20877
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 292
Epworth Preschool & Kindergarten
9008 Rosemont Dr
ZIP: 20877
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Forbush School At Oakmont Upper School The
610 E Diamond Ave Ste E
ZIP: 20877
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Gaithersburg Presbyterian Preschool & Kdgn
610 S Frederick Ave
ZIP: 20877
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Marcia D Smith School
9075 Comprint Ct
ZIP: 20877
Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
St Martin Of Tours School
115 S Frederick Ave
ZIP: 20877
Elementary
Total Enrollment 217
The Jefferson School
8507 Emory Grove Rd
ZIP: 20877
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Yang Academy
111 Central Ave
ZIP: 20877
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 3
Goddard School In Gaithersburg The
900 Wind River Ln Ste 100
ZIP: 20878
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Church Of The Redeemer Christian School
19425 Woodfield Rd
ZIP: 20879
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
Mother Of God School
20501 Goshen Rd
ZIP: 20879
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
Nist Child Care Center
Bowman Dr
ZIP: 20899
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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