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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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.
Despite the growth and changes, Gaithersburg has been able to preserve a number of historic traditions and communities. Precautions are being taken to preserve the small town feel of the streets. Culture and art are alive in Gaithersburg. The streets of Gaithersburg are enhanced by sensational permanent public art works. Arts on the Green hosts a wide variety of music is performed each year, including the Gaithersburg Chorus, which showcases talented locals who perform an assortment of musical styles in homegrown concerts. In addition, the Theater at the Arts Barn has a great performing arts program that includes comedies, musicals, dramas, magic shows and more. The city also has three galleries that exhibit rotating works by regional artists. Engaging and family friendly events throughout the year include Oktoberfest at the Kentlands, a Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park, a St. Patrick's Day Parade, Paws in the Park, a Book Festival, the Jubilation Day Gospel Concert and much more. Foodies enjoy two different Farmers Markets, and bargain hunters relish the Indoor Flea Markets & Baby Bazaar. The Washingtonian Center offers shopping, restaurants, a carousel, playground, pond with paddle boats and a movie theater. In addition, the county school system is ranked among the best in the country. Gaithersburg, MD offers city amenities with a small town feel and close proximity to D.C.