Aspen Hill, Maryland

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Aspen Hill is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland. It got its name from aspen trees that once were found near the first post office in the area. The post office was located in a general store on what was then known as the Washington-Brookeville Pike (now the intersection of Connecticut and Georgia Avenues) and opened around 1864.

Aspen Hill was one of the locations in which a fatal shooting took place in October 2002 as part of the Beltway sniper attacks.


As an unincorporated area, Aspen Hill's boundaries are not officially defined. The United States Postal Service does not even use the name Aspen Hill (except as a station name in the Silver Spring Post Office), preferring to divide it between Rockville, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.[citation needed]

Some addresses are referenced as Wheaton (20906)[1], notably in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center, while immediately across Aspen Hill Road at the Northgate Plaza Shopping Center, the addresses are in Silver Spring (20906)[2]. Immediately to the west across Connecticut Avenue, addresses are given as being in Rockville (20853)[3]. As a result, statistics such as crime statistics which are reasonably considered as belonging to Aspen Hill are buried in the statistics of three different areas. Aspen Hill straddles a corner where three statistical areas meet in what locals consider the commercial heart of Aspen Hill.

The United States Census Bureau, defines Aspen Hill as a Census-Designated Place located at 39°6' North, 77°5' West. In the 2000 Census Bureau Gazetteer, Aspen Hill was located at 39°5′19″N 77°4′49″W / 39.08861°N 77.08028°W / 39.08861; -77.08028 (39.088525, -77.080267)[4].

The United States Geological Survey definition of Aspen Hill is centered at 39°4′46″N 77°4′24″W / 39.07944°N 77.07333°W / 39.07944; -77.07333, somewhat different from either of the Census Bureau's definitions.

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