Nearly one million people call Montgomery County, Maryland, home. Located directly north of Washington, D.C., Montgomery County is part of the Washington Metropolitan area. A unique feature of the county is its make-up of suburban cities, small towns, and rural communities within close proximity of each other. The county has an area of 507 square miles. The city of Rockville is the county seat of Montgomery County.
Montgomery County was established in 1776. The county is named after Richard Montgomery, the first general to give his life fighting for American independence. Before the introduction of European immigrants, the area was settled by members of the Piscataway, Susquehannock, and Seneca peoples. Native American influence can still be seen today in the names of rivers and places throughout the county.
Montgomery County is home to many major Federal government institutions, scientific and learning centers, and business campuses. Top employers include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Marriott International and Lockheed Martin. Other agencies based in the county include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Walter Reed Medical Center. Downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring are the largest business hubs in the county.
Getting around Montgomery County is simple. A network of major roads, including Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway), connect all parts of the county. The Red Line of the Washington Metro begins and ends in Montgomery County (after passing through the center of Washington, D.C.). With a fleet of nearly 1,500 buses, Metrobus provides more than 12,000 stops to move riders easily throughout the county. Finally, Montgomery County can be accessed via the only remaining ferry crossing of the Potomac River between White’s Ferry, MD and Leesburg, VA.
The housing stock in Montgomery County offers something to suit every resident. Condominium and townhome living are popular choices in urban areas such as Bethesda and Silver Spring. Spectacular Victorian homes are available in Rockville and Kensington. Mid-century modern architecture sets the tone in the neighborhood of Bannockburn. And modern living and amenities are available in areas such as the Kentlands and Kingsview Village.
Life in Montgomery County offers many recreational choices, from walking the trails in national and county parks to catching a show at the Strathmore Music Center. The Montgomery County Department of Recreation offers numerous programs for children and adults. South Germantown Recreational Park, part of the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, is one of the county’s most popular parks. The large park offers variety of activities including hiking, biking, archery, miniature golf, swimming, soccer, picnicking, and adventure play. Montgomery College is a nationally recognized community college with campus throughout the county.