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Gaithersburg is a city in Montgomery County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area.

The community was named after Benjamin Gaither, settler

The latitude of Gaithersburg is 39.143N. The longitude is -77.201W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 509 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 57,365.


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Median household income
Local
$59,879
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Gaithersburg demographic reports
In 1899 the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was built as part of an international project to measure the earth's wobble on its polar axis. The station operated until 1982 when computers made the manual observation obsolete

The National Bureau of Standards established offices here in 1961, attracting scientific firms to the area

In a 2006 study, AllBusiness named Bethesda - Gaithersburg - Frederick as the No. 6 best metro for women entrepreneurs.

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Filming location for:
· 2006 movie, "Borat"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Montgomery County Agricultural Fair - Aug. 10-18, 2007
  • Olde Towne Gaithersburg Day - Sept. 16, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 14, 2007
  • Shaker Forest Festival - Sept. 8-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Gaithersburg web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Seneca Creek State Park
Historic sites and museums: Gaithersburg Heritage Alliance, Gaithersburg Community Museum
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National index: 100
Local index: 109

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Gaithersburg demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Montgomery County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Washington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 20886 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Gaithersburg residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Gaithersburg ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Gaithersburg was $27,323, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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46% of Gaithersburg residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Gaithersburg, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $850.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,474.


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Libraries in Gaithersburg include Gaithersburg Regional Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Gaithersburg include Gaithersburg Gazette

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Montgomery County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Gaithersburg political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Gaithersburg workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Gaithersburg between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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