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  1. Public Schools
    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 90,844. Germantown is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Germantown offers residents a dense 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
90,844

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$336,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,712
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Germantown

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$92,375
National
$55,322
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Germantown Reviews

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I am very comfortable here. I have lived here for 4 years now. Originally from the Midwest, I find people here can be extremely rude and vindictive. Violent crime has been ticking up greatly as DC continues its gentrification. In my job I work with the general public and I can honestly say that just 13 miles north in Frederick, MD the people are MUCH friendlier! That being said, it’s a trade off because I like being close to DC and enjoy the close access to hiking trails. The mountains are just 20 miles away with beautiful bends in the Potomac River in Sandy Hook, MD. It’s a beautiful place to call home, even if the housing is extremely expensive. If you’re single, even with a good job, owning your own home is most likely out of reach.
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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.
I have lived in Germantown for all of my life, giving me a very thorough understanding of several aspects of the area. From my experience, Germantown is a very family-friendly neighborhood. The community is really safe and the people here are also very friendly. The public schools in this area are also very nice but some are given a greater budget than others, making some schools feel left behind. Also, there are very few job opportunities open in Germantown, forcing people to search for jobs in other parts of Maryland like Gaithersburg in addition to DC and Virginia. Overall, Germantown is a great place with very few shortcomings.