Gaithersburg, MD
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Gaithersburg is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 68,710 people and 30 constituent neighborhoods, Gaithersburg is the 12th largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in Gaithersburg are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.

Gaithersburg is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gaithersburg is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gaithersburg who work in management occupations (11.48%), computer science and math (9.02%), and office and administrative support (8.64%).

Also of interest is that Gaithersburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Gaithersburg is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Gaithersburg, the average commute to work is 32.60 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Gaithersburg is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Gaithersburg, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Gaithersburg is a pretty powerful place. 54.02% of the adults in Gaithersburg have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Gaithersburg in 2010 was $40,453, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,812 for a family of four. However, Gaithersburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Gaithersburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gaithersburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gaithersburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Gaithersburg also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gaithersburg include German, Irish, English, Italian, and African.

In addition, Gaithersburg has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (39.67%).

The most common language spoken in Gaithersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.