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Coined as Maryland’s Gateway to the Nation’s Capital, Montgomery County is one of the most beloved communities in which to live in the region. It’s located smack dab outside of Washington, DC giving way for residents to experience all the life and excitement that takes place in the financial, economic and governmental hub of the country while still offering plenty just within its county lines. From a fantastic transportation system to unique urban districts, Montgomery County is one of the finest places to live in Maryland for a reason.

Montgomery County is the most populous county in the state of Maryland, and the population continues to rise with its desirability. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 1.017 million people who call Montgomery County home as of 2013. Its an ideal location for those who have to travel for work, as the county seat of Rockville is equidistant to the region’s three airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National, Dulles International and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

Living in Montgomery County

The county is home to a lot of residents who commute into DC for employment, and the region is serviced by the Metrorail with 13 Red Line stations scattered throughout the county, all of which travel into the center of the city. Additionally, Interstates 95, 495 and 270 all offer access to the rest of the region.

Being in such close proximity to the capital has even more benefits for transportation. Montgomery County residents have access to the Capital Bikeshare program, which offers more than 2,500 bicycles at more than 300 stations throughout the region. As a great way to stay in shape, be environmentally friendly and cut down on transportation costs, bikeshare programs like this one are gaining incredible momentum throughout urban centers.

While most residents do travel for employment, the workforce in Montgomery County is vast and diverse as well. According to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Montgomery County’s top employers include Adventist Healthcare, Arc of Montgomery County, Asbury Methodist Village, Bae Systems Applied Technologies, Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton and Chevy Chase Savings and Loan.

Recreation and Entertainment in Montgomery County

There’s no need to travel into Washington, DC to experience the best of this region of the country. In fact, Montgomery County is home to some of the most unique and exquisite attractions. A whopping 33,000 acres are dedicated to vast parkland, and there are 60 galleries, 22 theaters and 50 historical sites and venues to explore. There are more than 410 parks, including state, regional, local and national throughout the county and 100 miles of trailways for residents to bike, hike and run.

Montgomery County is also home to nine public golf courses, more than a dozen country clubs and 22 private courses to take a swing on the greens. Additionally, theater, music and art abound in Montgomery County making it an ideal place to live for virtually anyone.

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