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 87.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gaithersburg is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gaithersburg who work in management occupations (12.04%), office and administrative support (10.05%), and business and financial occupations (8.70%).
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.54 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Gaithersburg is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Gaithersburg area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Gaithersburg is a pretty powerful place. 52.70% 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 $40,606, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $162,424 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 23.03% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gaithersburg include English, Irish, Italian, and African.
In addition, Gaithersburg has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (39.01%).
The most common language spoken in Gaithersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.