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Gaithersburg, Maryland is located in Montgomery County and has a population of 59,933, making it the fourth largest incorporated city in the state, following Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville. Located just northwest of Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg is considered a suburb and a primary city within the Washington-Arlington-
INTERNATIONAL LATITUDE OBSERVATORY LOCATED IN GAITHERSBURG MD
In 1899, Gaithersburg, along with locations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Ukiah, California in the United States, and Carloforte, Italy, Mizusawa, Iwate, Japan, Charjui, Turkestan, Russia, were selected as one of six global locations for the construction of an International Latitude Observatory. They were part of a project to calculate the earth’s wobble on its polar axis. In 2007, The Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was added as a National Historic Landmark, the only one, in the City of Gaithersburg. The observatories gathered statistics that is still used by scientists today. Until 1982, the Gaithersburg station operated, when computerization took over most of the technology.
Gaithersburg has Top Employers in the DC Metro Region
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has more than 2,000 employees and is headquarters in Gaithersburg directly west of I-270. Other major employers in the city include IBM, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services business area headquarters, MedImmune (recently purchased by AstraZeneca), and the French Multinational Corporation, Sodexo.
GAITHERSBURG MD STARTED TO GROW IN THE 1970’S
Remaining predominantly rural farm town, Gaithersburg began a construction growth in the 1970’s. Taking on a suburban and semi-urban feel, leaving its farming roots behind as this city grew in population, with housing developments spreading throughout the area. Becoming one of the most economically and ethnically diverse areas, during the 1990’s and 2000’s, in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area as well as the state of Maryland, with people from all walks of life calling Gaithersburg home. This is also reflected in the local schools, with Gaithersburg High School and Watkins Mill High School having two of the most diverse student bodies in the region. Gaithersburg High School has had the privilege of becoming both finalists and champions in a large variety of sport in the past forty years. Watkins Mill is home to such programs as the International Baccalaureate Program and Academy of Finance.
Gaithersburg is divided into east and west sections, separated by Interstate 270, also known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway as well as the Washington National Pike. The eastern section is older, original section of the city before the more recent growth. Landmarks and buildings from that time mark the historical central business district of Gaithersburg called “Olde Town”. The east side also includes Lakeforest Mall, which opened in 1978, one of the first malls in the United States to feature an indoor ice skating rink, City Hall, and the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
GAITHERSBURG MD AWARD-WINNING COMMUNITIES EMBRACE NEW URBANISM
The west side of the city is a well planned out neighborhood that was designed with smart growth techniques and embrace New Urbanism. This area includes the award-winning Kentlands community, with its 1,800 homes, captures the feel of an old country village, the similar designed Lakelands community, and RIO Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg’s premier shopping and dining destination. Overall, Gaithersburg has made it to the top of a number of national lists of best places to live and raise a family with its unique neighborhoods, abundant retail and dining, quiet open spaces and many cultural and recreational amenities.
Continuing in its growth, Gaithersburg has three New Urbanism communities under construction, including Crown Farm, Watkins Mill Town Center (Casey East and West), and the massive “Science City”. This “Science City” will be home to a major hospital, academic institutions, and private biotechnology companies. It will serve as a premier location for the largest concentration in the U.S. of advanced technology companies, creating 52,500 jobs, 9,000 residential units and 4 light rail stops. In the 21st century, Gaithersburg continues to be a leading growing community while retaining many of the qualities of a small town that cherishes its rich, diverse heritage.
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