Otherwise know as the county where Bethesda is located, is situated just north of Washington D.C. and slightly south and west of Baltimore, Montgomery County is probably best known for its affluence. It has an extremely high percentage of residents with college or advanced degrees and the per capita income is one of the highest in the nation. The result, of course, is an infrastructure and service structure that reflect these demographics. Most notably, Montgomery County is home to one of the U.S.’s most respected public school systems and the schools are the reason that many people choose to make this county their home.
Covering a geographic area of over 500 square miles, Montgomery County still has some rural areas at its most northing part, but has basically grown to become one big suburb of Washington, D.C. Most of its residents live in unincorporated areas, so that the county is truly the service provider. Even when there are municipalities with their own governing bodies, most services remain with the county. An exception may be street repair and snow removal, but the schools are all county controlled.
Over the past few years, Montgomery County has grown to be an important business and research area. In particular, the biotech field is extremely well represented with nationally recognized institutions like The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
Even though Montgomery County is known, in great part, for its affluence, there is a large amount of diversity in both its population and its housing offerings.