Get to Know Germantown, Maryland

Black Hill Regional Park

Rachel Cooper

Germantown, Maryland is a suburban community located in Montgomery County near Washington, DC. It is the third most populated city in the state of Maryland. Germantown was a rural farming village until the 1970s. The area has experienced extensive growth and expansion in the past two decades and is an affordable place to live with a wide variety of housing, shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. According to the U.S. Census (2010), Germantown has a population of 86,395. The median income for a household is $74,283. It is not incorporated and is governed by the County.


Located just 25 miles northwest of Washington, DC, along I-270. Nearby communities include Gaithersburg, Boyds, Montgomery Village, Darnestown, Clarksburg, and Damascus. Germantown is located on the northern end of the county near the Frederick County line.


  • Ride On - A public bus system has about 20 bus routes and operates the Germantown Transit Center
  • MARC Train – Provides commuter rail service to Washington DC on the Brunswick Line
  • Metrorail – The closest Metro station is Shady Grove in Gaithersburg (10 miles)

Points of Interest

  • Milestone Center – The shopping center offers a variety of stores including Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Best Buy, PetSmart, Staples, Kohl’s, and Giant Food.
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts – The arts center offers a wide range of art classes, performances, and exhibits for all ages.
  • Butler’s Orchard - The family-owned farm grows more than 25 kinds of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. There are a farm market and seasonal pick-your-own produce. Annual festivals bring the community together to celebrate the seasons.
  • South Germantown Recreational Park – The park includes hiking trails, picnic facilities, an indoor sports complex, 22 soccer fields with a lighted stadium, baseball and softball fields, a playground, archery range, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, a splash playground, model boating lake, a tot lot, and an indoor aquatic center.
  • Maryland SoccerPlex - The multi-field soccer facility is the former home of the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer and offers a wide range of indoor sports programs.
  • Seneca Creek State Park - Located on the border of Gaithersburg and Germantown, the beautiful park has a lake, boating, fishing, hiking trails, a disc golf course, pavilions, and a creatively designed playground made with recycled tires.
  • Button Farm Living History Center – The historical plantation, situated on 40-acres inside of Seneca Creek State Park, is Maryland's only living history center depicting 19th-century slave life and telling the story of the Underground Railroad.
  • Black Hill Regional Park - Located just north of Germantown, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, boating, picnicking, nature programs, and much more.
  • Montgomery College - The largest higher education institution in Montgomery County has a campus in Germantown.
  • Regal Germantown Stadium 14 - The movie theater offers stadium-style seating.
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