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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Germantown is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 91,447. Germantown is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Germantown offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Germantown there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Germantown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Germantown are highly rated.
About Germantown...
Population
91,447

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$326,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,664
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Germantown Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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This is a great place to live. There are tons of quiet suburbs and we’re not far from downtown Rockville and Gaithersburg, where there are plenty of malls, restaurants, and cool shops. There’s easy accessibility to the Marc train which goes into Washington, D.C. It makes commuting a breeze! The Shady Grove metro stop is about a 25 minute drive and there are plenty of buses headed there each day. This is a great place for families! I will admit that if you’re looking for a more fast-paced lifestyle, this might not be the area for you. Also, real estate in this area is pretty pricey because of the location and the great schools. While this is no small town, it’s definitely still suburban America.
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For all the sixteen years that I've lived in Germantown, my neighborhood being Twinflower Circle, you can say I know a lot about the place, and it has affected me as a human being as well as just an average neighbor residing there. Even though it is a town in the suburbs, it does have its downfalls. Some crime and violence has taken place in some of the recent years such as a drive-by shooting resulting in the killing of a young boy and 3 shootings in just one week ; all of this happening in this year alone. But with its downfalls, there are some bright sides. Germantown pushes for diversity everyday, with neighborhoods including various people from all different backgrounds and ethnic groups; and overall, this town advocates against gun violence and crime all the time. When a tragedy does happen, GoFundMe accounts are supported by everyone with donations even exceeding the goal.
Germantown is a diverse city in one of the richest counties in Maryland. Germantown is essentially a melting pot of people from different cultures. For me, this was very new to me when I moved from Alabama about five years ago. I have enjoyed being able to walk to many fast food places and the town is very safe with great schools in the area. I also enjoy the ability to hop on the bus and travel around Maryland or travel to DC by metro. This has given me a chance to explore and see life beyond what I know. Here, I have made long lasting friendships and relationships with people that I know I will communicate with after leaving for college and further. Although, the city is still very small there are always new places to travel and more people to meet. Most people know each other and I feel like that joins us all together as one small family very prideful of where we come from.