Gaithersburg is now one of the biggest cities in Maryland, with just over 67,000 residents. The average commute time is about 30 minutes. The city is served by Montgomery County Ride-On Buses, MARC trains, Metrorail and Metrobuses at the Shady Grove Station and by taxis and shuttles. Gaithersburg has significantly grown and changed in recent years, becoming an urban area and a suburb of Washington, DC. Farmland has been paved over for developments and the area now has more than 4,000 businesses and has become a major magnet for high-tech companies. It is an international epicenter of biotechnology, aided by its proximity to regulatory agencies and federal research facilities, and receives many international and domestic visitors. The labor pool is highly educated, and the state ranks fourth for percentage of the population with a bachelor's degree and second for percentage of residents with an advanced degree. The city is quite close to dozens of universities and colleges.

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Scoring high on the livability scale, Gaithersburg, MD is in the center of Montgomery County. Residents enjoy small town living in the stimulating DC metropolitan area. Average price per square foot was $211, down 1.9% compared to last year. The median sales price for homes in the city decreased slightly to $353,975. There are lots of houses on the market, some in excellent, award-winning neighborhoods.

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