Gaithersburg is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 69,657 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Gaithersburg is the ninth 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 86.97% 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 (11.46%), office and administrative support (9.01%), and business and financial occupations (8.58%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.55% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another interesting thing about Gaithersburg, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
In Gaithersburg, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.58 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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. 53.53% 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 2018 was $45,714, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $182,856 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 25.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gaithersburg include Irish, German, English, Italian, and African.
In addition, Gaithersburg has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (39.09%).
The most common language spoken in Gaithersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.