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Rockville MD is located in the central region of Montgomery County, Maryland. It is the county seat and forms part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. The approximate population of Rockville is 64,072, making it the third largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore and Frederick. It was incorporated on March 10, 1860. This town has a very pretty historic district rich in Civil War history. Many troops passed through this area, During the American Civil War, on their way to Gettysburg. A monument, dedicated on June 3, 1913, to the Confederate soldiers is hidden behind the old courthouse building.
ROCKVILLE MD IS PART OF THE I-270 TECHNOLOGY CORRIDOR & “DNA ALLEY”
Rockville, along with neighboring Gaithersburg and Bethesda, are at the core of the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor. Rockville is the center of “DNA Alley,” with over 190 of Montgomery County’s 350 life sciences companies. Emergent BioSolutions, developing vaccines and antibody therapeutics for infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders, Human Genome Sciences is a biopharmaceutical corporation, using the human DNA sequence to develop protein and antibody drugs, Novavax, a Biopharmaceutical, vaccine-maker, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), establishes written and physical standards for medicines, food ingredients, dietary supplement products and ingredients, is just naming a few of the Biotech cluster’s employers.
While jobs in all industry types may be found in the City of Rockville, they are no comparisons with their U.S. federal laboratories and agencies. With a median income for a household in the city as of 2007 was $86,085. Adventist HealthCare, which employs more than 6,200 people and cares for more than 400,000 men, women and children the community, American Kidney Fund, fighting kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, through health education, and through prevention efforts, Choice Hotels, is a hospitality holding corporation, Westat, has 2,000 employees, bringing together subject-matter specialists with statisticians, researchers, evaluators, communicators, and technical staff, Bethesda Softworks, a North-American video game publisher, and Goodwill Industries are headquartered in Rockville, also. More than 9,200 workers in the private sector and an estimated 49,000 in federal government agencies work in Montgomery County’s I-270 “DNA Alley”.
Rockville MD is noted for having a diverse population, an excellent public school & transportion system & great parkland
In 1873, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad arrived, making Rockville easily accessible from Washington, D.C. In July 1891, the Tennallytown and Rockville Railway began Rockville’s first trolley service, connecting to the Georgetown and Tennallytown Railway terminus at Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue. Trolley service operated for four decades, until, eclipsed by the growing popularity of the automobile, service was halted in August 1935. Bus service was provided by The Blue Ridge Transportation Company 1924 through 1955. In the 1970s, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began work to extend the Washington Metro into Rockville and extended Metrobus service into Montgomery County. The red line of Washington Metro began service on July 25, 1984 out of Rockville and the Twinbrook station began service on December 15, 1984. At the same location as the Rockville metro station is Rockville Station on the Brunswick Line of the MARC commuter rail system, which runs to and from Washington, DC. The mid-20th century saw substantial growth in Rockville, especially with the annexation of the Twinbrook subdivision in 1949, which added hundreds of new homes and thousands of new residents to the city.
Opening in 2007, Rockville Town Center, also referred to as Rockville Town Square, is a mixed-use development that includes condos/apartments, retail stores, restaurants, the Rockville Library, and the Rockville Arts and Innovation Center. The revitalization of this section of the City of Rockville has created a pedestrian friendly gathering place and an ideal space for public events such as farmers’ markets, concerts, and community festivals. Conveniently located, Rockville Town Center is within a 10-minute walk from the Rockville Metro Station. The Arts and Innovations Center serves as a community center and the home to the Vis Arts, a venue for art classes, exhibits, and shows.
The new Rockville Library offers state-of-the-art facilities and a huge collection of books and audio/video materials. Regal Cinema is within walking distance to Rockville Town Center. During the winter months, families can ice skate at the outdoor Rockville Town Square Ice Rink and in the warmer months children splish splash away at their Fountain on the Square. The city is one of the major retail hubs in Montgomery County.
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