Montgomery County, Maryland

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Montgomery County, Maryland
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Downtown Rockville in 2001, the Black Rock Mill in 2006, the National Naval Medical Center in 2003, Shady Grove in 2004, and the Gaithersburg city hall in 2007.
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Seal of Montgomery County, Maryland
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Logo of Montgomery County, Maryland
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Motto: "Gardez Bien"
(Watch Well)
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Location in the state of Maryland
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Founded 1776
Named for Richard Montgomery
Seat Rockville
Largest community Germantown
Area
 • Total 507 sq mi (1,313 km2)
 • Land 496 sq mi (1,285 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 2.3%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 1,016,677
 • Density 1,959.2/sq mi (756.2/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 6th, 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.montgomerycountymd.gov

Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of Maryland, situated just to the north of Washington, D.C., and southwest of the city of Baltimore. As of 2010 the population was 971,777 and the county reached an estimated population of over 1 million residents with the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau update which shows that 1,004,709 residents now live in the county.[1] The county seat and largest municipality is Rockville, although the census-designated place of Germantown is more populous.[2]

Montgomery County is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Most of the county's residents live in unincorporated locales, the most populous of which are Silver Spring, Germantown and Bethesda, though the incorporated cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg are also large population centers.

It is one of the most affluent counties in the United States,[3] and has the highest percentage (29.2%) of residents over 25 years of age who hold post-graduate degrees.[4] In 2011, it was ranked by Forbes as the 10th richest in the United States, with a median household income of $92,213.[5][6]

Etymology[edit]

The Maryland state legislature named Montgomery County after Richard Montgomery; the county was created from lands that had at one point or another been part of Frederick County. On September 6, 1776, Thomas Sprigg Wootton from Rockville, Maryland, introduced legislation, while serving at the Maryland Constitutional Convention, to create lower Frederick County as Montgomery County. The name, Montgomery County, along with the founding of Washington County, Maryland, after George Washington, was the first time in American history that names identifying counties and provinces in the thirteen colonies would be relegated to British reference. The name use of Montgomery and Washington County were seen as further defiance to Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War. The county's nickname of "MoCo" is derived from a portmanteau of "Montgomery" and "County".

The county's motto, adopted in 1976, is "Gardez Bien", a phrase meaning "Watch Well". The county's motto is also the motto of its namesake's family.[7][8][9]

Economy[edit]

Montgomery County is an important business and research center. It is the epicenter for biotechnology in the Mid-Atlantic region. Montgomery County is the third largest biotechnology cluster in the U.S., holding the principal cluster and companies of large corporate size in the state. Biomedical research is carried out by institutions including Johns Hopkins University's Montgomery County Campus (JHU MCC), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Federal government agencies engaged in related work include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Many large firms are based in the county, including Discovery Communications, Coventry Health Care, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Host Hotels & Resorts, Travel Channel, Ritz-Carlton, Robert Louis Johnson Companies (RLJ Companies), Choice Hotels, MedImmune, TV One, BAE Systems Inc, Hughes Network Systems and GEICO.

Other U.S. federal government agencies based in the county include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring are the largest urban business hubs in the county; combined, they rival many major city cores.

Top employers[edit]

According to the County's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[10] the top employers by number of employees in the county are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 29,700
2 Montgomery County Public Schools 22,016
3 U.S. Department of Defense 12,690
4 Montgomery County government 8,849
5 U.S. Department of Commerce 8,250
6 Marriott International 5,441
7 Adventist HealthCare 5,310
8 Lockheed Martin 4,745
9 Nuclear Regulatory Commission 3,840
10 Giant 3,842
11 Verizon 3,292

History[edit]

Map of Montgomery County, Maryland. Compiled in the Bureau of Topographical Engineers from the latest and best authorities, September 1862.
FIAV historical.svg The former flag of Montgomery County, Maryland, used from May 3, 1944 to October 5, 1976.

Before European immigration, the land now known as Montgomery County was covered in a vast swath of forest crossed by the creeks and small streams that feed the Potomac and Patuxent rivers. A few small villages of the Piscataway, members of the Algonquian people, were scattered across the southern portions of the county. North of the Great Falls of the Potomac, there were few permanent settlements, and the Piscataway shared hunting camps and foot paths with members of rival peoples like the Susquehannocks and the Senecas.

Captain John Smith of the English settlement at Jamestown was probably the first European to explore the area, during his travels along the Potomac River and throughout the Chesapeake region.[11]

The Madison House in Brookeville was built around 1800 and originally owned by Caleb Bentley. The house provided refuge for President James Madison, on August 26, 1814, after the British burned Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812.

These lands were claimed by Europeans for the first time when George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore was granted the charter for the colony of Maryland by Charles I of England.[12] However, it was not until 1688 that the first tract of land in what is now Montgomery County was granted by the Calvert family to an individual colonist, a wealthy and prominent early Marylander named Henry Darnall. He and other early claimants had no intention of settling their families. They were little more than speculators, securing grants from the colonial leadership and then selling their lands in pieces to settlers. Thus, it was not until approximately 1715 that the first British settlers began building farms and plantations in the area.[13]

These earliest settlers were English or Scottish immigrants from other portions of Maryland, German settlers moving down from Pennsylvania, or Quakers who came to settle on land granted to a convert named James Brooke in what is now Brookeville. Most of these early settlers were small farmers, growing a variety of subsistence crops in addition to the region's main cash crop, tobacco. They transported the tobacco they grew to market through the Potomac River port of Georgetown.[14] Sparsely settled, the area's farms and taverns were nonetheless of strategic importance as access to the interior. General Edward Braddock's army traveled through the county on the way to its disastrous defeat at Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War.[15]

Like other regions of the American colonies, the region that is now Montgomery County saw protests against British taxation in the years before the American Revolution. Following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, representatives of the area helped to draft the new state constitution and began to build a Maryland free of proprietary control.[16] The new state legislature formed Montgomery County from lands that had at one point or another been part of Charles, Prince George's and Frederick Counties, naming it after General Richard Montgomery. The leaders of the new county chose as their county seat an area adjacent to Hungerford's Tavern near the center of the county, which later became Rockville.[17] The newly formed Montgomery County supplied arms, food and forage for the Continental Army during the Revolution, in addition to soldiers.[18]

In 1791, portions of Montgomery County, including Georgetown, were ceded to form the new District of Columbia, along with portions of Prince George's County, Maryland, as well as parts of Virginia that were later returned to Virginia.

In 1828, construction on the C&O Canal commenced and was completed in 1850. Throughout the 19th century, agriculture dominated the economy in Montgomery County, with slaves playing a significant role. In the 1850s, crop production shifted away from tobacco and toward corn. Montgomery County was important in the abolitionist movement, with slave Josiah Henson, who wrote about his experiences in a memoir which became the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Josiah, the inspiration for the character "Uncle Tom", was a slave in the county and a slave cabin where he is believed to have spent time still stands at the end of a driveway off Old Georgetown Road.

Until 1860, only private schools existed in Montgomery County. Initially, schools for European American students were built, and in 1872 schools for African-Americans were added.

Like most of Maryland, the county's southern sympathies resulted in it being occupied by Union forces during the Civil War.[19]

In 1873, the Metropolitan Branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opened, with a route between Washington, D.C., and Point of Rocks, Maryland. The railroad spurred development at Takoma Park, Kensington, Garrett Park and Chevy Chase.[citation needed]

In July 1922, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) was established.[20]

On July 1, 1997, Montgomery County annexed a portion of Prince George's County, after residents of Takoma Park, which spanned both counties, voted to be entirely within the more affluent Montgomery County.[citation needed]

In October 2002, the county was the site of several of the Beltway sniper attacks.

The county has a number of sites on the National Register of Historic Places.[21]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 507 square miles (1,313 km2), of which 496 square miles (1,285 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) is water. Montgomery County lies entirely inside the Piedmont plateau. The topography is generally rolling. Elevations range from a low of near sea level along the Potomac River to about 875 feet in the northernmost portion of the county north of Damascus. Relief between valley bottoms and hilltops is several hundred feet. The northern boundary of the county was set (from the northeast to the northwest) as westerly along the course of the Patuxent River, then from the source of this river NE to the source of the South Branch of the Patapsco River at Parr's Spring, then a long straight line roughly southwest to the junction of the Monocacy and Potomac Rivers. This forms a geographic oddity of a sliver of land at the far northern tip of the county that is several miles long and averages less than 200 yards wide. In fact, a single house on Lakeview Drive and its yard is sectioned by this sliver into 3 portions, each separately contained within Montgomery, Frederick and Howard Counties. These jurisdictions and Carroll County meet at a single point at Parr's Spring on Parr's Ridge.

Adjacent jurisdictions[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Climate[edit]

Montgomery County lies within the northern portions of the humid subtropical climate. It has four distinct seasons, including hot, humid summers and chilly winters. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, with an inter-quartile[clarification needed] range of 37–45 inches. Thunderstorms are common during the summer months, and account for the majority of the average 35 days with thunder per year. Heavy precipitation is most common in summer thunderstorms, but droughty periods are more likely during these months since summer precipitation is more variable than winter.

The mean annual temperature is 55 °F (13 °C). The average summer (June–July–August) afternoon maximum is about 85 F while the morning minimums average 66 F. In winter (December–January–February), these averages are 44 F and 28 F. Extreme heat waves can raise readings to around and slightly above 100 F, and arctic blasts can drop lows to −10 to 0 F.

The average yearly snowfall for the county ranges from 21" in the southernmost extents to 32" across the northern portions where elevations are highest (850 ft. asl) in the Damascus area. While infrequent, large snowstorms, called nor'easters (named for the track to the northeast, along the Northeast coast, and most importantly their strong winds from the northeast) can sometimes paralyze the area. The greatest seasonal snowfall total on record was 58.5" in Damascus during the 2009–2010 season.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 18,003
1800 15,058 −16.4%
1810 17,980 19.4%
1820 16,400 −8.8%
1830 19,816 20.8%
1840 15,456 −22.0%
1850 15,860 2.6%
1860 18,322 15.5%
1870 20,563 12.2%
1880 24,759 20.4%
1890 27,185 9.8%
1900 30,451 12.0%
1910 32,089 5.4%
1920 34,921 8.8%
1930 49,206 40.9%
1940 83,912 70.5%
1950 164,401 95.9%
1960 340,928 107.4%
1970 522,809 53.3%
1980 579,053 10.8%
1990 757,027 30.7%
2000 873,341 15.4%
2010 971,777 11.3%
Est. 2012 1,004,709 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[22]
2012 Estimate[23]

At the 2010 census, there were 971,777 people residing in the county. The population density was 1,762 per square mile (680 /km2). In 2000, there were 334,632 housing units at an average density of 675 per square mile (261 /km2).

2010[edit]

The ethnic makeup of the county, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, was the following:

2000[edit]

In 2000, significant national ethnic groups included people of Irish (8.5%), German (8.1%), English (6.8%) and American (5.0%) ancestry according to Census 2000. The county also has a sizable Jewish population, and is home to an increasing number of affluent Indian-Americans, Armenian-Americans and Iranian-Americans. There is also a large population of African immigrants to the United States.

There were 324,565 households of which 35% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.19.

25.4% of the population was under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

Montgomery County has the tenth highest median household income in the United States, and the second highest in the state after Howard County as of 2011. The median household income in 2007 was $89,284 and the median family income was $106,093. Males had a median income of $66,415 versus $52,134 for females. The per capita income for the county was $43,073. About 3.3% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.[24]

Since the 1970s, the county has had in place a Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) zoning plan that requires developers to include affordable housing in any new residential developments that they construct in the county. The goal is to create socioeconomically mixed neighborhoods and schools so the rich and poor are not isolated in separate parts of the county. Developers who provide for more than the minimum amount of MPDUs are rewarded with permission to increase the density of their developments, which allows them to build more housing and generate more revenue. Montgomery County was one of the first counties in the U.S. to adopt such a plan, but many other areas have since followed suit.

Government[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic
2012 27.1% 123,353 70.9% 323,400[25]
2008 27.1% 118,608 71.5% 314,444
2004 32.8% 136,334 65.9% 273,936
2000 33.5% 124,580 62.5% 232,453
1996 35.2% 117,730 59.4% 198,807
1992 33.0% 62,955 55.1% 168,691
1988 48.1% 154,191 51.5% 165,187
1984 50.1% 146,924 49.7%' 146,036
1980 47.2% 125,515 39.8%' 105,822
The former Montgomery County Courthouse in Rockville, Maryland, in January 2006, which served as the county courthouse from 1931 to 1982. The building now houses a state district court after the county court was moved to the Montgomery County Judicial Center.

Montgomery County was granted a charter form of government in 1948.

The present County Executive/County Council form of government of Montgomery County dates to November 1968 when the voters changed the form of government from a County Commission/County Manager system, as provided in the original 1948 home rule Charter.

The county began with a county commissioner system that kept most of the power in Annapolis. In 1948 voters approved a "Council-Manager" form of government, making Montgomery County the first home-rule county in Maryland. The first six-member council was elected in 1949. Then in 1968, the voters approved a "County Executive-Council" form of government. That change formed an executive branch under the County Executive, and a legislative branch under a seven-member County Council. Instead of a County Manager, there was now a Chief Administrative Officer appointed by the County Executive. That went into effect in 1970, when the first seven-member County Council was elected. Originally all of the council members were elected at large (that is, by all of the voters). Five members were required to reside in their council district. In November 1986, the voters amended the Charter to increase the number of Council seats in the 1990 election from seven to nine. Now five members are elected by the voters of their council district and four are elected at-large. Each voter may vote for five council members; four at-large and one from the district in which they reside.[26]

The Montgomery County Police Department provides county-wide law enforcement services.

County executives[edit]

The Montgomery County Judicial Center courthouse in Rockville, Maryland, in May 2010.

The office of the county executive was established in 1970. The first executive was James P. Gleason. The current executive is Isiah "Ike" Leggett, who was sworn in for his first term on December 4, 2006. He was reelected on November 2, 2010.

Name Party Term
James P. Gleason Republican 1970–1978
Charles W. Gilchrist Democrat 1978–1986
Sidney Kramer Democrat 1986–1990
Neal Potter Democrat 1990–1994
Douglas M. Duncan Democrat 1994–2006
Isiah "Ike" Leggett Democrat 2006—

Legislative body[edit]

The last Republican serving on the Montgomery County Council, Howard A. Denis of District 1 (Potomac/Bethesda), was defeated in 2006. The board has since been all-Democratic. The members of the County Council for the 2010–2014 term are:

County Council
Position Name Affiliation District Region First Elected
  President Craig L. Rice Democratic 2 Germantown/Clarksburg/Darnestown/Damascus 2010
  Vice President George L. Leventhal Democratic At-Large At-Large 2006
  Member Nancy Navarro Democratic 4 Wheaton/Glenmont/Aspen Hill/Ashton/Laytonsville 2009
  Member Roger Berliner Democratic 1 Poolesville/Potomac/Bethesda/Chevy Chase 2006
  Member Phil Andrews Democratic 3 Rockville/Gaithersburg 1998
  Member Valerie Ervin Democratic 5 Silver Spring/Takoma Park/Burtonsville 2006
  Member Marc Elrich Democratic At-Large At-Large 2006
  Member Nancy Floreen Democratic At-Large At-Large 2002
  Member Hans Riemer Democratic At-Large At-Large 2010

Bi-county agencies[edit]

Montgomery and Prince George's Counties share a bi-county planning and parks agency in the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (often referred to as Park and Planning or its initials M-NCPPC by county residents) and a public bi-county water and sewer utility in the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).

Liquor control[edit]

Montgomery County maintains a monopoly on the sale of "hard liquor" alcoholic beverages, while beer and wine may be sold at independently owned stores and at a single location within the county for a store chain. This is similar to several U.S. states. The county is thus referred to as an alcoholic beverage control county.

Cities and towns[edit]

Brookeville
Gaithersburg
Rockville

This county contains the following incorporated municipalities:

Though the three incorporated cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park lie within its boundaries, the most urbanized areas in the county include such unincorporated areas as Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Occupying a middle ground between incorporated and unincorporated areas are Special Tax Districts, quasi-municipal unincorporated areas created by legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.[27] They lack home rule authority and must petition the General Assembly for changes affecting the authority of the district. The four incorporated villages of Montgomery County and the town of Chevy Chase View were originally established as Special Tax Districts. Four Special Tax Districts remain in the county:

  1. Drummond, Village of (1916)
  2. Friendship Heights and "The Hills" (1914)
  3. Oakmont (1918)
  4. Battery Park (1923)

Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:

Bethesda
Germantown
Silver Spring
  1. Ashton-Sandy Spring (a combination of the communities of Ashton and Sandy Spring recognized as a unit by the Census Bureau)
  2. Aspen Hill
  3. Bethesda
  4. Brookmont
  5. Burtonsville
  6. Cabin John
  7. Calverton (This CDP is shared between Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.)
  8. Chevy Chase (Note that this is also the name of an incorporated town)
  9. Clarksburg
  10. Cloverly
  11. Colesville
  12. Damascus
  13. Darnestown
  14. Fairland
  15. Forest Glen
  16. Friendship Village (This CDP includes the Village of Friendship Heights.)
  17. Germantown
  18. Glenmont
  19. Hillandale (This CDP is shared between Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.)
  20. Kemp Mill
  21. Montgomery Village
  22. North Bethesda
  23. North Kensington
  24. North Potomac
  25. Olney
  26. Potomac
  27. Redland
  28. Rossmoor
  29. Silver Spring
  30. South Kensington
  31. Travilah
  32. Wheaton-Glenmont (a combination of the communities of Wheaton and Glenmont recognized as a unit by the Census Bureau)
  33. White Oak

Other unincorporated places:

  1. Beallsville
  2. Boyds
  3. Derwood
  4. Dickerson
  5. Hyattstown

Transportation[edit]

Roads[edit]

Montgomery County is approximately bisected northwest-southeast by Interstate 270, a connector linking Interstate 70 with Washington. I-270 divides in North Bethesda with its primary roadway connecting to the eastbound Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), and a spur connecting to southbound I-495 as it approaches Northern Virginia. Another spur highway, Interstate 370, connects Interstate 270 with the Shady Grove Metro station.

A fiercely and long-contested east-west toll freeway, the Intercounty Connector (Maryland Route 200), also known as the ICC, links Interstate 370 and I-270 with U.S. 29; and Interstate 95 and eventually U.S. 1 in Laurel, Prince George's County. The first portion of the freeway, from I-370 to Georgia Avenue, opened in February 2011, and is now open to I-95.

Roughly paralleling 270 is Maryland Route 355, a surface street known for much of its length as Rockville Pike or simply "The Pike". In its southern reaches it is known as Wisconsin Avenue, while in the north it is known as Frederick Road, or Frederick Ave in Gaithersburg; in the northern half of Rockville (from Town Center north), it is named Hungerford Drive.

Commercial buildings located at the intersection of Maryland Route 187 (Old Georgetown Road), Maryland Route 355 (Wisconsin Avenue), and Maryland Route 410 (East West Highway), near the Bethesda Metro station entrance, in downtown Bethesda in July 2009.

Other major routes include Maryland Route 190 (River Road); Maryland Route 97 (Georgia Avenue); Maryland Route 650 (New Hampshire Avenue), Maryland Route 185 (Connecticut Avenue), Randolph Road/Montrose Road, Maryland Route 28 (Darnestown Road, Montgomery Avenue and Norbeck Road), and Maryland Route 27 (Father Hurley Blvd., Ridge Road). U.S. Route 29 parallels the eastern border of the county; first as Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, then Colesville Road, and thence as Columbia Pike through Burtonsville and into Howard County.

The Montgomery County government has strongly supported the use of automated traffic enforcement on county roads. In 2007 this county became the first jurisdiction in Maryland to introduce automated speed cameras on roads with speed limits up to 35 mph, issuing fines of $40 by mail. Red light cameras with fines of $75 are also in use.[28]

A computer system coordinates the setting of 750 traffic lights. In 2009, the computer system failed for a brief period, causing considerable problems.[29]

Bus[edit]

Montgomery County operates its own bus public transit system, known as Ride On. Major routes are also covered by WMATA's Metrobus service.

Rail[edit]

Montgomery County is served by three passenger rail systems.

Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger rail system, operates its Capitol Limited to Rockville, between Washington Union Station and Chicago Union Station.

The Brunswick line of the MARC commuter rail system makes stops at Silver Spring, Kensington, Garrett Park, Rockville, Washington Grove, Gaithersburg, Metropolitan Grove, Germantown, Boyds, Barnesville, and Dickerson, where the line splits into its Frederick and Martinsburg branches.

Both suburban arms of the Red Line of the Washington Metro serve Montgomery County. It follows the CSX right of way to the west, roughly paralleling Route 355 from Friendship Heights to Shady Grove. The eastern side runs between the two tracks of the CSX right of way from Washington Union Station to Silver Spring, and roughly parallels Georgia Avenue, from Silver Spring to Glenmont.

There has been much debate on the construction of two new transitways, both of which are still in the early stages of design. The Purple Line would run "cross-town" connecting nodes in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties near the Beltway; and the Corridor Cities Transitway would provide an extension of the Red Line corridor from Gaithersburg to Germantown and beyond.

Air[edit]

The Montgomery County Airpark (FAA GAI, ICAO KGAI), a general aviation facility in Gaithersburg, is the major airport in the county. Davis Airport (FAA Identifier W50), a privately owned airstrip, is located in Laytonsville on Hawkins Creamery Road.[30] Commercial air service is provided at the nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International, and BWI Airports.

Education[edit]

Elementary and secondary public schools are operated by the Montgomery County Public Schools. The county is also served by Montgomery College, a public, open access community college. The county has no public university of its own, but the state university system does operate a facility called Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville that provides access to baccalaureate and Master's level programs from several of the state's public universities.

MCPS operates under the jurisdiction of an elected Board of Education. Its current members are:

Name District Term Ends
Shirley Brandman At-Large 2010
Patricia O'Neill (President) District 3 2010
Laura Berthiaume District 2 2012
Christopher S. Barclay (Vice-President) District 4 2012
Judith Docca District 1 2010
Michael A. Durso District 5 2010
Phil Kauffman At-Large 2012
Justin Kim (Student Member) At-Large 2013
Joshua P. Starr (Superintendent) 2012 -

Culture[edit]

Religion[edit]

Based on the city-data statistics for Silver Spring, Wheaton-Glenmont, Germantown, Bethesda and Gaithersburg, 52.6% of their population is affiliated by a religious congregation. 40% are reported Catholic, 18% are Jewish, 7% are United Methodist, 6% are Southern Baptist, and 28% consider themselves other[31]

The Seventh-day Adventist Church maintains its General Conference headquarters in Silver Spring Maryland. .

Sports[edit]

Bethesda's Congressional Country Club is regarded as one of the best clubs and golf courses in the world. Congressional has hosted four Major Championships, including three playings of the U.S. Open, most recently in 2011 which was won by Rory McIlroy. The Club also hosts the AT&T National, an annual event on the PGA Tour which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Previously, neighboring TPC at Avenel hosted the Booz Allen Classic.

The Bethesda Big Train, Rockville Express, and Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts all play college level wooden bat baseball in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

Montgomery County is home of the Montgomery County Swim League, a youth (ages 4–18) competitive swimming league composed of ninety teams based at community pools throughout the county.

There are future possibilities of a minor league baseball team forming to play for the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to represent Montgomery County.

Montgomery County State Agricultural Fair[edit]

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Since 1949 the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, the largest in the state, showcases farm life in the county. The week long event offers family events, carnival rides, live animals, entertainment and food. Visitors can also purchase canned and baked goods, clothing, quilts and produce from local county farmers.[32]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Montgomery County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". United States Census Bureau. 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2011. "Population, 2013 estimate […] 1,016,677" 
  2. ^ American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. "Maryland by Place – GCT-PH1-R. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density (geographies ranked by total population): 2000". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Morello, Carol; Mellnick, Ted (September 19, 2012). "Seven of nation's 10 most affluent counties are in Washington region". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ US Census Bureau: R1403. Percent of People 25 Years and Over Who Have Completed an Advanced Degree: 2004[dead link]
  5. ^ "Complete List: America's Richest Counties", Forbes.com, February 2, 2008
  6. ^ "Montgomery County QuickFacts", September 9, 2009
  7. ^ Clan Montgomery Society (June 14, 2008). "Montgomery Motto". Clan Montgomery Symbols. Clan Montgomery Society. Retrieved September 5, 2008. "“Garde” (pronounced gard-uh) or “Gardez” (pronounced garday) means “watch”, in the sense of “look out” or “on guard”. “Bien” (pronounced bee-ann) means “good” to give the overall meaning of “Watch Well”." 
  8. ^ Montgomery Planning (January 26, 2012). "Places From the Past". Montgomery County Historic Sites. 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910: Montgomery County Planning Department. Retrieved April 30, 2012. "Gardez Bien, adopted in 1976 as the county motto, means to guard well or take good care" 
  9. ^ House of Names (2014). "Montgomery Family Crest and Name History". House of Names. Swyrich Corporation. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Montgomery County, Maryland Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, for the Year ended June 30, 2011
  11. ^ Offutt, pages 11–13
  12. ^ Offutt, page 9
  13. ^ Offutt, pages 18–19
  14. ^ Offutt, pages 19–21
  15. ^ Offutt, page 23
  16. ^ Offutt, page 28
  17. ^ Offutt, pages 29–30
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