Gaithersburg, MD
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Living in Gaithersburg


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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.55% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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.

One downside of living in Gaithersburg is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Gaithersburg, the average commute to work is 32.58 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Gaithersburg, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Gaithersburg is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.53% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Gaithersburg's cultural character, accounting for 39.09% of the city’s population.

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