Gaithersburg, MD
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Gaithersburg is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 67,776 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Gaithersburg use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Gaithersburg‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Gaithersburg. 54.02% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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 Irish, English, Italian, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Gaithersburg's cultural character, accounting for 39.67% of the city’s population.

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