Living in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is a county in Maryland, and is a part of the DC Metro Area. Most of the county residents live in unincorporated locales, of which Silver Spring and Bethesda are the most built up. The incorporated cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville are also large population centers.

Evening in Rockville Town Square. Credit: Dan Reed in flickr creative commons

Evening in Rockville Town Square. Credit: Dan Reed in flickr creative commons

The county is full of affluent residents, with the highest percentage of residents being at least 25 years with post-graduate degrees. The county is ranked by Forbes as one of the 10 richest counties in the nation/

Transportation

The average commute time is 34 minutes in this area, a bit higher than the national average of 25. Interstate 270 divides the county northwest-southeast. Washington I-270 and Interstate 70 are also nearby, which is nice for the morning commute. The other major routes include Maryland Route 97 (Georgia Avenue); Maryland Route 190 (River Road); Maryland Route 650 (New Hampshire Avenue); Randolph Road/Montrose Road; and Maryland Route 28 (Darnestown Road). The county operates Ride On, its own bus public transit system, with major routes covered by Metrobus services of WMATA.

Credit: By Matthew Wiebe

Credit: By Matthew Wiebe

 

Schools

The public school system in Montgomery County is well funded and has a great reputation, meaning you can be assured your kids will receive a good education. Montgomery College, an open, public access community college, also serves the county. This is a great resource for those looking for a more affordable college option and adults who want to take night classes.

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