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A+ Gaithersburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Gaithersburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than Maryland
13434% more expensive than the US average
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gaithersburg cost of living
D Gaithersburg Crime Total crime is 5% lower than Maryland
Total crime
2,5906% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 396% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Gaithersburg crime
C+ Gaithersburg Employment Household income is 10% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$83,72451% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$40,45336% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Gaithersburg employment
F Gaithersburg Housing Home value is 27% higher than Maryland
Median home value
$369,900100% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,58667% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Gaithersburg real estate or Gaithersburg rentals
F Gaithersburg Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Maryland
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
37%24% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Gaithersburg K-12 schools or Gaithersburg colleges

Living in Gaithersburg, MD

Located in the state of Maryland, Gaithersburg is a mid-sized city with a population of 66,104 residents. Gaithersburg has a population density of 6,436 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 73% of the population considered married and 51% with kids under the age of 18, Gaithersburg could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Gaithersburg can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Maryland, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Gaithersburg and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing and other important metrics.

Gaithersburg, MD receives 61 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #325 in Maryland and #21,930 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that Gaithersburg ranks very well for amenities (A+). On a less positive note, Gaithersburg does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Gaithersburg has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Gaithersburg: Washingtonian Center, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, and Gaithersburg Miniature Golf.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Gaithersburg. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Gaithersburg are affordable. Median real estate prices in Gaithersburg come in at $369,900, which is 27.4% higher than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Gaithersburg, the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 15.8% higher than the Maryland average. Real estate appreciation rates in Gaithersburg are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Gaithersburg homes comes in at 3.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.9%.

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A sanctuary city

I've lived in the area for 25 years. gaithersburg was never a trendy happening place. At least it had Roy's, Chris's, and the brew station. Now it's La Casita. sign of the times. I promised my son some pizza, so we stopped in a joint associated with "manhattan" yeah right. what a dump. Totally appropriate for the residents of a sanctuary city. Walking out, the streets were dark, empty, and made me , all 6ft 3, 250 lbs, feel uncomfortable. I grabbed my son and we made a dash for the car. Gaithersburg is an oozing boil on the face of Montgomery county. How could this website rate the schools B+ ??? Gaithersburg High is avoided even by latins of modest means. They're spilling over into the local catholic schools. I haven't been in Gaithersburg for years except driving through on Summit. I'll continue to avoid this place for my own well being.
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Gaithersburg, MD - The Heat of Montgomery

I've lived and worked in Gaithersburg, Maryland and truly love the area. It is a suburban town is in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland's most prestigious county. With plentiful metro stations and public buses, it's possible to get around the city quickly and easily. Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg has no shortage of exciting things to do.

I've often traveled on I-270, a major highway, often referred to as the "beltway" which is a fast route traveling north towards Frederick, MD and South towards Washington. While this route can become congested during workday rush hours, it is a fantastic, non-toll road asset to the community. The recently constructed Inter County Connector is another asset as the roads are less traveled, but speed traps and a somewhat steep toll makes the road somewhat less desirable if you're not in a hurry.

If you want to stay local for dinner, Gaithersburg offers a variety of dining options. Fallsgrove shopping center on Shady Grove road has various options such as Chipotle, Mama Lucia's, Moby Dick's and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The Kentlands is a charming community full of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and a movie theater. This is a picturesque community that I've frequented and it is ideal for taking long walks on a beautiful day.

Downtown, historic, Gaithersburg has more cute shops and dining. Nestled here, is Growlers, a super fun local pub that offers food beverages and live music. Special Treasures is a one of a kind historic Gaithersburg shop selling crystals, eclectic jewelry, incense, windchimes and other whimsical treasures.

Overall Gaithersburg is a fantastic, affordable city in Maryland's suburban, metropolitan area. It's a great place to visit, live in and work in. Rest assured, you will not have a shortage in entertainment in this area.
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Source: The Gaithersburg, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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