Situated just 25 miles northwest of the nation's capital, Germantown, Maryland, is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County that belongs to the greater Washington metropolitan area. Homebuyers in this ethnically diverse area will find a mixture of single-family houses, row houses, townhouses and condominiums. Many of the area's residents are young and single. However, families and older individuals also take advantage of Germantown's low unemployment rates, advanced industries, recreational opportunities and close proximity to Washington's broad array of cultural and entertainment options.
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Germantown's 90,000-plus residents live in what's known as a census-designated place. If officially incorporated, it would rank only behind Baltimore on the list of Maryland's largest cities. The town's population has grown by more than 55 percent since the turn of the new century. On average, area residents are somewhat younger than Maryland as a whole. They also have a substantially higher median household income. Germantown has 15 neighborhoods spread across its 10.8 square miles. Popular neighborhoods for homebuyers include Town Center, Middlebrook, Neelsville/Brink and Blunt Rd./Scenery Dr. Destinations in or near the center of town include the Black Rock Arts Center, a large movie theater and a shopping district with a range of fine and casual dining options.
Germantown is connected to Washington, D.C., by the Maryland Area Regional Commuter train (MARC), as well as by buses that link to the Washington Metro system's Red Line. A significant percentage of the adult population works in Washington, although many people work in the local area. Germantown is home to a number of biomedical firms, as well as a range of other science- and technology-oriented companies. Area residents also work in industries that include healthcare, education, public service, retail and construction. As a whole, the population ranks among the most educated in the U.S., and almost half of all adults hold a college degree. Germantown is close to several large parks and recreational areas, including Hoyles Mill Conservation Park, Goshen Recreational Park, Seneca Creek State Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. Together, these facilities give local residents ready access to activities such as kayaking, fishing, boating, biking, hiking, Frisbee golf, and indoor and outdoor swimming. The arts, entertainment and cultural opportunities in nearby Washington are vast, and include the world-class Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, the Verizon Center, Nationals Park and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It's no wonder that Germantown appeals to so many home-buying families and single professionals.