Montgomery County, MD

About Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of Maryland, situated just to the north of Washington, D.C., and southwest of the city of Baltimore. It is one of the most affluent counties in the United States, and has the highest percentage (29.2%) of residents over 25 years of age who hold post-graduate degrees. The county seat and largest municipality is Rockville. As of 2010 the population was 971,777.

Most of the county’s residents live in unincorporated locales, the most populous of which are Silver Spring, Germantown and Bethesda, though the incorporated cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg are also large population centers. It is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 2008, Montgomery County was the second richest county in terms of per capita income in the state of Maryland and 13th richest in the United States, with a median household income of $92,213.

Economy
Montgomery County is an important business and research center. It is the epicenter for biotechnology in the Mid-Atlantic region. Montgomery County is the third largest biotechnology cluster in the USA, holding the principal cluster and companies of large corporate size in the state. Biomedical research is carried out by institutions including Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus (JHU MCC), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Federal government agencies engaged in related work include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Many large firms are based in the county, including Discovery Communications, Coventry Health Care, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Host Hotels & Resorts, Travel Channel, Ritz-Carlton, Robert Louis Johnson Companies (RLJ Cos), Choice Hotels, MedImmune, TV One, BAE Systems Inc, Hughes Network Systems and GEICO.

Other U.S. federal government agencies based in the county include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE),the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring are the largest urban business hubs in the county; combined, they rival many major city cores.

Demographics
At the 2010 census, there were 971,777 people residing in the county. The population density was 1,762 per square mile (680 /km2). In 2000, there were 334,632 housing units at an average density of 675 per square mile (261 /km2).
2010. Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:

  • 57.5% White
  • 17.2% Black
  • 17.0% Hispanic or Latino (5.4% Salvadoran, 1.5% Mexican, 1.2% Peruvian, 1.1% Guatemalan)
  • 13.9% Asian
  • 0.4% Native American
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 4.0% Two or more races
  • 6.9% Other races

Sports
Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club has hosted the annual AT&T National Golf Tournament as well as the United States Open in 2011, marking the third time the event was held there.
Montgomery County is home of the Montgomery County Swim League, a youth (ages 4–18) competitive swimming league composed of ninety teams based at community pools throughout the county.
The Bethesda Big Train, Rockville Express, and Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts all play college level wooden bat baseball in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League.
There are future possibilities of a minor league baseball team forming to play for the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to represent Montgomery County.

Education
Elementary and secondary public schools are operated by the Montgomery County Public Schools. The county is also served by Montgomery College, a public, open access community college. The county has no public university of its own, but the state university system does operate a facility called Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville that provides access to baccalaureate and Master’s level programs from several of the state’s public universities.

External links
Official Montgomery County Web Site

All information about Montgomery County, MD courtesy of Wikipedia


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