Formerly a part of Frederick County, Montgomery County, Maryland was formed in 1776. The county was named after General Richard Montgomery, who was the first general to give his life fighting for American Independence. Here are a few interesting facts and statistics about our county.
Montgomery County Size and Population
- Montgomery County has a total area of 507 square miles.
- The county consists of 3 cities, 12 towns, 4 villages, and 33 census-designated places, and 5 unincorporated communities.
- Approximately 1 million people make their home in Montgomery.
- Montgomery is a part of the Washington Metropolitan area, which consists of Washington, DC, 7 counties in Maryland, and 5 counties in Virginia; this area has a total of 5.8 million residents.
- This is the second richest county in the state of Maryland, in terms of per-capita income.
- About 7 million tourists visit Montgomery County every year.
- There are more than 156,000 school-aged children throughout the county.
Recreation in Montgomery County
- There are more than 410 parks in Montgomery County, include national parks, state parks, and regional and neighborhood parks; these parks offer a total of 34,600 acres of recreational area in the county.
- There are over 100 miles of hiking trails found throughout the county.
- For golf lovers, Montgomery County offers 9 public golf courses, 22 private golf courses, and more than a dozen country clubs.
- Montgomery County hosted the 2011 US Open at the Congressional Country Club.
- There are more than 50 hotels and meeting facilities throughout the county.
- There are nearly 2 dozen lakes scattered throughout Montgomery County, which make up part of the 16 square miles of water throughout the county.
- The Potomac River is the only large river that passes through the county.
- There are nearly 40 islands located in Montgomery County, all of them within the waters of the Potomac River.
- Montgomery’s county seat is Rockville, Maryland.
Montgomery County has a lot to offer those who visit, as well as those who live there. It is one of the most affluent counties in the U.S. and boasts a great many attractions, both indoor and out, that appeal to all ages. From ice rinks to zipline parks, historic outdoor areas to numerous concert and club venues bringing in national and international talent, Montgomery County has something for every member of your family depending on their interests.
To learn more about the county’s history, visit the Maryland State Archives, and explore our website to learn more about the attractions in the area.