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Gaithersburg, Maryland

Gaithersburg is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 52,613. This city is located at 39°8' North, 77°13' West, to the northwest of Rockville, Maryland, the county seat of Montgomery County. Gaithersburg was incorporated in 1878.

Its current mayor is Sidney A. Katz. (1998-). Previous Mayors include:

  1. George W. Meem 1898-1904
  2. Carson Ward 1904-1906
  3. John W. Walker 1906-1908
  4. E. D. Kingsley 1908-1912
  5. Richard H. Miles 1912-1918
  6. John W. Walker 1918-1924
  7. Walter M. Magruder 1924-1926
  8. William McBain 1926-1948
  9. Harry C. Perry, Sr. 1948-1954
  10. Merton F. Duvall 1954-1966
  11. John W. Griffith 1966-1967
  12. Harold C. Morris 1967-1974
  13. Susan E. Nicholson, May-Sept. 1974
  14. Milton M. Walker 1974-1976
  15. B. Daniel Walder 1976-1978
  16. Bruce A. Goldensohn 1978-1986
  17. W. Edward Bohrer, Jr. 1986-1998

Gaitherburg is home to the neo-traditionalist new town of Kentlands, Maryland, designed by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

Gaithersburg has a five-member City Council, which serves as the legislative body of the city. The Mayor serves as president of the council.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 External Links


Gaithersburg is located at 39°7'55" North, 77°13'35" West (39.131974, -77.226428)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.3 km² (10.2 mi²). 26.1 km² (10.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.69% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 52,613 people, 19,621 households, and 12,577 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,013.3/km² (5,216.2/mi²). There are 20,674 housing units at an average density of 791.1/km² (2,049.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 58.21% White, 14.60% African American, 0.36% Native American, 13.76% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 8.62% from other races, and 4.39% from two or more races. 19.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 19,621 households out of which 34.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% are married couples living together, 11.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% are non-families. 27.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.65 and the average family size is 3.25.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 37.7% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $59,879, and the median income for a family is $66,669. Males have a median income of $44,331 versus $35,861 for females. The per capita income for the city is $27,323. 7.1% of the population and 4.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.2% are under the age of 18 and 11.4% are 65 or older.

External Links

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