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 86.88% 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 (11.35%), office and administrative support (9.36%), and computer science and math (8.06%).

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 thing noticeable about Gaithersburg, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Gaithersburg is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Gaithersburg a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In Gaithersburg, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.80 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.

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. 53.28% 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 $40,831, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,324 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 25.84% 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 (39.00%).

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