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Why Gaithersburg

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Our location within the Washington, DC suburbs means access to Federal agencies and a skilled workforce. Median household income is high, as is educational attainment. We're a center for biotech innovation. But our local economy also has a significant concentration of small professional services companies. 


  • Location, Location: 15 miles from Washington, DC
  • Great Neighborhood: Home to NIST and minutes to federal agencies (FDA, NIH, HHS, NSA and DOE)
  • Smart: 25+% of population has Graduate or Professional degrees; 12 Institutions of Higher Learning within 20-mile radius
  • Perks: HUB Zone, Maryland Enterprise Zone and Opportunity Zone locations
  • Connected: 3 major airports within 35 miles; local Metro (Red Line) and MARC commuter rail
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 National Institute of Standards & Technology (US Department of Commerce)  Federal Government/R&D  2730
 AstraZeneca (previously MedImmune)  Life Sciences R&D; headquarters  2290
 Leidos (former Lockheed Martin)  Information Systems (Defense)  1200
 Asbury Methodist Village  Continuing Care Retirement Community  820
 GeneDx, Inc.  Life Sciences; headquarters  556
 Sodexo USA  Food & Facilities Management; US headquarters  511
 Hughes Network Systems, LLC  Electronic Assembly;Communications Technology  450
 Adventist HealthCare  Medical Services  400
 Emergent BioSolutions  Life Sciences R&D; headquarters  387
 Kaiser Permanente  Medical Services  350

Why the Focus on Life Sciences?

Read more about the connection between Gaithersburg and the biotech industry.





Montgomery County Schools (2018-19)

Within 20 miles 


  • 39 National Blue Ribbon Schools
  • Largest school system in Maryland; 14th largest in US
  • 206 schools with enrollment of 161,936 students
  • 89.5% graduation rate
  • Advanced Placement (AP) participation of 66.2%
  • 41 National Blue Ribbon Schools
  • Students from more than 157 countries, speaking 150 languages
  • 86.4% of teachers have a master's degree or equivalent
  • Johns Hopkins University - Montgomery County
  • Universities at Shady Grove (9 Maryland universities)
  • Montgomery College
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • American University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Maryland - College Park
  • Howard University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Trinity College
  • George Washington University
  • Gallaudet University
  • Hood College