|| Montgomery County is a great place to live. The
school system is one of the finest in the entire nation. The average
educational level and per capita income ranks among the top in the United
States. Unfortunately, this also tends to make Montgomery County a very
expensive place to live. Home prices and rental rates also rank among the
highest in the nation. The southern and western areas of the county are
the most expensive. For the most part, the closer you get to the Potomac
River to the west, and NW Washington to the south the higher home prices get.
Route 355 runs North/South across western Montgomery
County. Along the way it passes through the towns of Chevy Chase,
Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Germantown. The home prices get
lower and lower the farther away you go from Washington, D.C. Route 29
runs North/South across eastern Montgomery County. Along the way it passes
through the towns of Silver Spring, Colesville, and Burtonsville. Silver
Spring encompasses a large area which goes from an older downtown urbanized
portion near the Washington, D.C. line to a more suburban northern portion.
Colesville and Burtonsville are new areas of the typical bedroom community type.
The extreme northern section of Montgomery County is rural in character with a
mixture of farms, small towns, and bedroom communities.