Gaithersburg Ranked 7th Best Place to Live for Families

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Gaithersburg Ranked 7th Best Place to Live for Families


The City of Gaithersburg placed #7 in Fortune Well’s inaugural Fortune 25 Best Places to Live for Families ranking. The list highlights areas in the U.S. where multigenerational families are most likely to have access to critical resources, community support, and financial wellbeing.

This ranking focused on families, particularly the subset of Americans who are shouldering the responsibilities of raising their own children while caring for aging parents. Gaithersburg was ranked high for its cultural diversity and community programming, its perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, its variety of senior activities, and its financial services.

“From our new Financial Empowerment Center to our robust senior programming at the Benjamin Gaither Center, it's very gratifying that Gaithersburg would rank in the top ten on this national list,” said Mayor Jud Ashman. “We are honored by this recognition and will continue to offer the best support and services to our residents.”

View the complete list and more information here.

This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.


Fortune ranks the following cities as The Top 10 Best Places to Live for Families:

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Wylie, Texas
  3. Olathe, Kansas
  4. Mason, Ohio
  5. Morrisville, North Carolina
  6. Clearfield, Utah
  7. Gaithersburg, Maryland
  8. Leesburg, Virginia
  9. West Chicago, Illinois
  10. Novi, Michigan 

Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6191
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by

Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (20)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... I saw this report some days ago and was wondering when you'd write a post about it!

Sep 30, 2022 04:14 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

Congratulations to the City of Gaithersburg for placing #7 in Fortune Well’s inaugural Fortune 25 Best Places to Live for Families ranking! 

Sep 30, 2022 04:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. As you continue you community ambassador role, I can see how Gaithersburg would rank high. Enjoy your day.

Sep 30, 2022 04:43 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't see any Arizona cities in the top 10.  Congrats to Gaithersburg though!  I would have never known about the city if it weren't for your posts.

Sep 30, 2022 05:31 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

That is quit an achievement for the Gaithersburg area.

Your picture of the marigolds is beautiful.  I love planting them throughout my vegetable garden. 

Sep 30, 2022 05:50 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - congratulations to the the city of Gaitersburg in Maryland. 

Thank  you for always posting and boasting about your home city. 

Sep 30, 2022 05:55 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

That's a very nice designation for Gaithersburg Roy. It really says a lot on how family friendly it is!

Sep 30, 2022 06:04 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Sep 30, 2022 06:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thanks for sharing this great information, and no wonder you are still living there!

Sep 30, 2022 07:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy and that sounds so good for your city and hope more people see this blog.  Make it a great weekend


Sep 30, 2022 08:58 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

Congrats on making the inaugural list for the best places to live for families!

Sep 30, 2022 06:40 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your local postings are a testament to the activities and events available to enrich the citizens of Gaithersburg, Roy.  I'm not surprised by the ranking.

Sep 30, 2022 07:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- a big congratulations to the city of Gaithersburg and to you for always sharing information about it for the community. 

Sep 30, 2022 07:32 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Oct 03, 2022 04:12 AM