Germantown, Maryland

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Location in Maryland
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Basic data
State : United States
State : Maryland
County : Montgomery County
Coordinates : 39 ° 11 ′  N , 77 ° 16 ′  W Coordinates: 39 ° 11 ′  N , 77 ° 16 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 86,395 (as of 2010)
Population density : 3,096.6 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 28 km 2  (approx. 11 mi 2 ) of
which 27.9 km 2  (approx. 11 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 134 m
Structure: 6 districts
Postcodes : 20874, 20875, 20876
Area code : +1 301 240
FIPS : 24-32025
GNIS ID : 584579

German Town is a census-designated place in Montgomery County in the US -amerikanischen State Maryland . With a population of 86,395, Germantown is the third largest city in Maryland. The settlement is located 25 km from Washington, DC and is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area .


Germantown is located in western Maryland a few miles north of the Potomac River , which forms the border with Virginia . To the south is Washington, DC and to the east, Germantown is bordered by Gaithersburg . The next major street is Interstate 270 , which runs from Bethesda, Maryland to Frederick, Maryland .

The area of ​​the place is over 28 km².


In the 30s and 40s of the 19th century, today's settlement area came into the focus of many business people, most of whom came from Germany . Despite a large number of English-speaking farmers and landowners, the businessmen of German origin prevailed in naming the place.

On April 20, 1865, George Atzerodt , one of the conspirators in the murder of Abraham Lincoln , was arrested in Germantown. He was supposed to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson on the orders of John Wilkes Booth . However, Atzerodt was frightened and fled Washington, DC on the night Lincoln was shot. He was later executed in Washington.

In January 1958, the United States Atomic Energy Commission relocated from Washington to Germantown. This enabled it to remain active in the event of a possible nuclear attack on the US capital. Today there is an administration building for the Ministry of Energy , which serves as the headquarters for environmental research.

Since 1980 more residential areas have been built. Urban infrastructure was also built.


Germantown public schools are part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system.

  • Elementary School : Cedar Grove Elementary School, Clopper Mill Elementary School, Fox Chapel Elementary School, Germantown Elementary School, Great Seneca Creek Elementary School, Captain James E. Daly Jr. Elementary School, Lake Seneca Elementary School, Ronald McNair Elementary School, Sally K Ride Elementary School, Spark Matsunaga Elementary School, S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Waters Landing Elementary School, and William B. Gibbs, Jr. Elementary School
  • Middle School : Kingsview Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Neelsville Middle School, and Roberto W. Clemente Middle School
  • High School : Northwest High School and Seneca Valley High School.

The Montgomery College , the highest educational institution in Montgomery County, has a campus in German Town.


Germantown is located on Interstate 270 and has a train station that is served by the MARC Train and is supervised by CSX Transportation . This station was rebuilt after the old one burned down in 1978.

The Ride On public transportation network operates 20 bus routes in Germantown.


The largest companies in Germantown are Qiagen , WeatherBug, Library Systems & Services, Hughes Communications, and Availink, Inc.


Music and art

Germantown is home to the BlackRock Center for the Arts, an arts and culture center that opened in 2002. There is a theater, a dance studio and various practice rooms for music and art. One of the biggest events is the Germantown Oktoberfest.

Pop Culture

Germantown appears in several episodes of the X-Files television series . In the video game Fallout 3 , Germantown is also part of the plot.


With the Maryland SoccerPlex , the site has a sports complex that includes a stadium that can hold 5,126 people. The home games of the former professional women's soccer team Washington Freedom were played here from 2009 to 2011 . The professional women's soccer team Washington Spirit has played its home games here since 2013 .

With the Washington Freedom Futures, another women's soccer club has been playing in the stadium since 2004. The team from the W-League was part of the club structure around Washington Freedom.

The major league soccer franchise DC United also uses the SoccerPlex as an alternative stadium.

Famous pepole

The following people were born in or have lived a significant part of their lives in Germantown:

Web links

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