Profile & History

About the City

With just over 67,000 residents located in the heart of Montgomery County, Gaithersburg is one of the largest cities in Maryland. In Gaithersburg you’ll find an excitingly diverse population living in a mixture of housing types in warm, welcoming neighborhoods. Gaithersburg combines a respect for its heritage, demonstrated by the revitalization efforts in our Olde Towne residential and commercial district, with thoughtful planning for new communities.

City History

Gaithersburg began in 1765 as a small agricultural settlement known as Log Town. In 1850, the post office was named "Forest Oak." The town officially became "Gaithersburg" when it was incorporated on April 5, 1878.

Gaithersburg has undergone significant changes in recent years. The City is now an urban area and a suburb of Washington, D.C. It has become a major regional location for high-technology companies while commercial agriculture is close to non-existent. The rolling fields of wheat are now roads, housing developments and commercial enterprises, but at the same time a number of historic communities and traditions have been preserved. In the 21st century Gaithersburg continues to grow while retaining many of the qualities of a small town that cherishes its rich, diverse heritage.

Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles

The Gaithersburg City government exists to provide quality, cost effective, priority community services for its citizens. We are a City that serves as a catalyst for the involvement of residents, businesses, and organizations to ensure that Gaithersburg is a great place to live, work, learn, and play.

Demographics

With just over 67,000 residents located in the heart of Montgomery County, Gaithersburg is one of the largest cities in Maryland.