High-Tech Germantown Ranks Among Nation’s Top Towns

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Tech-centric employers like WeatherBug, Qiagen and the U.S. Department of Energy are headquartered in Germantown.

Germantown, MD, is the last major town in Montgomery County on I-270, the area’s Technology Corridor, where jobs in the biotech fields are plentiful.

According to the 2006-08 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate, Germantown has a population of 60,630, which makes it even larger than neighboring Gaithersburg. But that could all come down to what constitutes Germantown and Gaithersburg, and I’m not here to start a fight but to make Internet peace. In any case, a lot of people live here.

If you’re looking for apartments in Germantown, you’ll find yourself within reasonable commuting distance of Washington, D.C., (about 20 miles to the city limits, a bit farther to downtown) and even closer to the I-495 Capital Beltway. For what it’s worth, you’re about the same distance to Frederick (20 or so miles) to the northwest.

When you add in MARC train service to both cities, you realize it’s the area’s convenience – coupled with its biotech reputation and affordability – that probably made CNNMoney.com rank Germantown No. 81 on its list of “Best Places to Live” in 2008. Forbes.com agreed and then some, ranking it 17th on its list of “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well,” emphasizing the town’s ability to draw venture capital.

More highlights:

  • Germantown hosts a satellite campus of Montgomery College and two public high schools.
  • There are three small shopping centers in town with many more shopping choices a short drive away, including the 160 stores of Lakeforest Mall in neighboring Gaithersburg.
  • For you creative types, BlackRock Center for the Arts offers art exhibits, classes in various art disciplines and concerts.

Germantown is surrounded by parks and, presumably, wildlife.

Black Hill Regional Park sits to the north in nearby Boyds and features Little Seneca Lake, while Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (actually in Germantown proper) sits on its western boundary. On Germantown’s southwestern border, South Germantown Recreational Park offers the restless resident a veritable smorgasbord of activities (hiking, biking, miniature golf, swimming, soccer, picnicking – even archery), while nearby Seneca Creek State Park to the south is a mammoth, 6,300-acre testament to the outdoors, replete with Clopper Lake.

Speaking of lakes, Germantown also sports man-made Lake Churchill.

All this makes Germantown a great place to rent and live, use Apartment Showcase to find an apartment in the area.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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